A Lonely Journey – Part 2

MRSA: My Room Shared with Aliens! This is a follow-on from Part 1 of my story yesterday.

Part 2: Admission to Hospital

I was admitted to hospital in July 2005 to have an operation (external frontoethmoidectomy) carried out for the fifth time (also had numerous previous nasal endoscopic surgeries), to open up the frontal sinus above one eye to drain an abscess in the bone close to the base of my brain. I was also to have a new channel created (drilled through bone) in my skull with a stent inserted to hold open this area for the purpose of aeration and drainage. The surgery was long, but uncomplicated and I made a good recovery. About three weeks later my post-op pain began to worsen over a period of days and a hot painful swelling developed around both eyes with an unmerciless headache. I was re-admitted to hospital via A&E where a nasal swab was taken before I was transferred to a ward. In my innocence about MRSA in those days, I reckoned that the swab was just a routine procedure and thought no more about it. Four days later, after numerous different combinations of antibiotics had been administered through an IV line to little effect, my infection was still very much on the march. It was like sharing my body with an alien. Every time I slept, even if only dozing for minutes, the swelling would move around my eyes and I’d awake with a visibly different appearance, and feeling really awful. I became exhausted from lack of sleep and so when I was moved from a noisy 5-bed ward into a tiny single en suite room, I really thought that things were looking up. How wrong I was to be proved!

Read Part 3 tomorrow!

5 Responses to A Lonely Journey – Part 2

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  3. anna Basura says:

    To Whom It may Conern,
    I am writing this because my sister has been diagnosed with MRSA. She had a anyrism approximately ten years ago and is a walking testimony. About a year ago she got a boil along her hair line and after taking antibiotics and the boil coming back it was diagnosed as MRSA and she now has a hole in her head where the boil was. She is currently taking oral antibiotics and the wound seems to be healing but the doctor ordered a bone scan and they came to the conclusion that it has infected the skull. We have been waiting now for two weeks trying to get an approval and I feel like time is of the essence. She has no sypmtoms of being sick at all. The plan is for her to see an Infection Specialist and then administer a “pick line” and give her antibiotics via I.V. My question is, ..”Don’t they have to remove the infected bone first?” or “Can I.V. antibiotics penetrate to the bone that is infected?” PLEASE SOMEONE ANSWER THIS FOR ME AND MY FAMILY. We feel like time is waisting and because she is a person on disability that she is being put on the back burner. Thank you for your time. Sincerely, Anna Basura

  4. Steph says:

    Hello! Anna and welcome to my blog.

    I’m sorry to hear of your’s sister’s problem with MRSA. I’m not medically qualified to advise you but I can share what I’ve learnt through my own experience with MRSA and infection of bone.

    Firstly, a bone infection is known as osteomyelitis. Osteomyelitis can be either an acute or chronic (long term) infection of bone. See link below for full explanation…

    http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000437.htm

    When it first occurs, it is known as acute osteomyelitis and usually requires long term antibiotic treatment (either orally or IV). Sometimes several combinations of antibiotics are required in which case, they will be given intravenously.

    A PICC line is a form of intravenous access that can be used for a prolonged period of time. It is a long, slender, small, flexible tube that is inserted into a peripheral vein, typically in the upper arm, and advanced until the catheter tip terminates in a large vein in the chest near the heart. PICC lines are less invasive, have decreased complication risk associated with them, and remain for a much longer duration than a standard IV cannula.

    The goal of treatment for osteomyelitis is to get rid of the infection and reduce damage to the bone and surrounding tissues. Surgery to remove dead bone tissue, is only needed if the infection does not go away i.e becomes chronic osteomyelitis.

    I hope this has been helpful in answering your questions. Regards, Steph

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