Seemingly Random Infection

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Seemingly Random Infection

Postby Larryk1052 » Sun Aug 05, 2012 11:26 am

I am in the process of remodeling a double wide as documented on another topic. I don't know if the following has anything to do with the project or not.

Saturday July 28th I was working on putting down concrete backer board when I notice and intense spot of pain on my left knee. I didn't remember kneeing on anything as I had the week before on my right knee. The pain was similar and I figured I just didn't remember or feel it this time.

I continued working all day putting down 15 sheets of 3 x 5 backer board by applying mortar to the subfloor and then attaching at least 60 screws to each board. If you havn't done this, let me tell you its hard on the body.

My knee just kept hurting and hurting even more. If I wasn't wearing knee pads I probally wouldn't have finished the job. By the time I got home I could bearly walk on it.

Sunday afternoon I went to the Urgent Treatment Center and the doctor said I had a knee infection. After marking the line infection he prescribed an antibiotic shot and Amox TR-K CLV tablets.

I was told to come back Monday afternoon. When I got there I asked him if maybe I had gout. He didn't think so because it just didn't look like a gout flare up. He did a blood test, my white blood cells were normal and would take a day to rule out gout. But, he wanted me to go to a specialist the next day.

Tuesday morning first thing I checked in at the specialist clinic and was seen right away. They xrayed the knee to rule out physical trauma. There was none. This doctor was very concern about the possible infection. He was pretty certain it was a staph infection, but he didn't know how serious.

Serious enough that he got on the phone and had me squeezed in with an infectious disease doctor. This doctor drew fluid off the knee and had it analyzed and had me started on an IV infusion of antibiotics strong enough kill MRSA.

The next day I found out for certain I had a staph infection, but it took until the next day to know if it was MRSA. Thank the Lord it wasn't MRSA, but it was still a very aggressive staph and I have been going in daily for an infussion of Rocephin. I'll probally have to be infussed for another 5 days maybe more.

Then I may still have to have surgery to remove the fluid around my knee. It is still painful to walk on it.

This seems so random. I have gone 59 years without an infection other than sinus and ears. I have had many many cuts, scraps and abrassions and never a hint of infection. Now, I somehow came into contact with something my body couldn't deal with on its own. The doctor said if I hadn't come in as quickly as I did the infection would of prabally taken off. That would of put me in the hospital.

The doctor says I'll need to take better care of my skin. Not sure how I can do that. I alread shower daily and use hand sanitizer.

The doctor said that a third of the population has some form of staph on their skin. Most of the time it's not a problem. Comforting:?:
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Re: Seemingly Random Infection

Postby JimShedd112 » Sun Aug 05, 2012 9:15 pm

Larry, did the doctor give you any specific recommendations about how to take better care of your skin? I'm sure I should do the same but I don't take special precautions (never have except to not walk around outdoors barefoot and stay away from lakes, creeks, etc due to a fungus in my feet [not sure if it's still there or not but I did a couple of years ago dig and tear up my back yard in the nude, eventually including barefoot without problems]).

I don't use sunblock when sunbathing, etc. Each Spring I just ease into it by spending about 10 minutes per side (face up/face down) in the sun until I work up to an hour per day. So far I don't seem to have had any real problems though my dermatologist does love to spray what I see as freckles on my face, arms, shoulders with liquid nitogen. But, at least I get to enjoy nature totally clothes-free when my wife's not around to tell me to keep my butt and groin covered. (I HATE tan lines).

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Re: Seemingly Random Infection

Postby Larryk1052 » Mon Aug 06, 2012 7:00 am

The only thing I have been told about caring for my skin is to keep it clean, use sanitizer, and try and protect my knees from injury.
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Re: Seemingly Random Infection

Postby JimShedd112 » Mon Aug 06, 2012 8:37 am

Hmm, just common sense I guess. Well, I hope you have/will beat the nasty infection. Glad there was no advice to stay clothed.

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Re: Seemingly Random Infection

Postby Larryk1052 » Mon Aug 06, 2012 7:06 pm

Clothing may help in some situations, but not all. The anti-biotics are knocking down the staph, but my kneew still has a lot of fluid on it that isn't going down. I might have to have surgery to get rid of the fluid.
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Re: Seemingly Random Infection

Postby natman » Tue Aug 07, 2012 3:15 pm

Larryk1052 wrote:The only thing I have been told about caring for my skin is to keep it clean, use sanitizer, and try and protect my knees from injury.


Larry,

Constantly using sanitizer is one of the WORST things you can do. No sanitizer is 100%. They kill off weak germs and bacteria, leaving the strongest to survive and thrive, essentially creating "super" germs and bacteria that become impervious to almost any form of anti-biotics.

As far as the skin is concerned, just regular cleansing with soap and water and then reasonable exposure to fresh air and sunlight should keep that organ of your body healthy.
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Re: Seemingly Random Infection

Postby Larryk1052 » Tue Aug 07, 2012 6:28 pm

I keep hand santizer in my work van and I use it several times a time. In addition I wash my hands as often as I can during the day. This bout with staph is a little scary. Don't know what I did to get it or could of done to avoid it.
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Re: Seemingly Random Infection

Postby natman » Wed Aug 08, 2012 11:11 am

Larryk1052 wrote:I keep hand santizer in my work van and I use it several times a time. In addition I wash my hands as often as I can during the day. This bout with staph is a little scary. Don't know what I did to get it or could of done to avoid it.


"Normal" strains of staph are EVERYWHERE, on almost every surface. However, our bodies are generally well equipped to deal with those. The most verilent strains of staph can often be found in hospitals and clinics where anti-bacterial cleansers are extensively used. Obviously, the best way to avoid those forms of staph is to stay away from such places as much as possible.

My step-mom supposedly contacted a verilent strain of staph simply by walking barefoot in a hospital while she was in for other minor surgery. :(
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Re: Seemingly Random Infection

Postby Larryk1052 » Wed Aug 08, 2012 6:57 pm

I don't have any idea what I could of come in contact with. Havn't been in any clinics or hospitals. I do have customers who are medical professionals. Can't imagine having contracted anything from them. The doctor said I could of shook hands with someone and picked it up then touched my knee which had a slight cut on it.
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Re: Seemingly Random Infection

Postby Ramblinman » Wed Aug 08, 2012 7:14 pm

Larryk1052 wrote:I don't have any idea what I could of come in contact with. Havn't been in any clinics or hospitals. I do have customers who are medical professionals. Can't imagine having contracted anything from them. The doctor said I could of shook hands with someone and picked it up then touched my knee which had a slight cut on it.

There are some large lymph nodes behind the knee. The infection could have traveled from any point of origin on the surface of the body and settled into the lymph nodes where it began to grow. There doesn't have to be a cut in the knee itself.
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Re: Seemingly Random Infection

Postby Petros » Fri Aug 10, 2012 1:13 am

There is, in my opinion, and reflercting my experience, little that is truly random and unconditioned, but the "paper trail" is often absent. We are - clothed or not, walking through the hospital or not - constantly bombarded with microorganisms and chemicals and allergens of an incredibly wide variety, and all it takes is to get sensitized and vulnerable and pow.


Years ago, one morning i woke with a severe pain in my oxter, felt aroundm found a hard lump that had NOT been there. In our cancer sensitized climate I found this worrisome, got mysdelf to the doctor as soon as I could. By the time I go there, it had started to decline - a few days later was totally gone. From SOMEWHERE I had got a nastily infected lymph node - and it lasted just long enough to scare me half to death, before succumbing to my immune system.



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Re: Seemingly Random Infection

Postby Larryk1052 » Sat Aug 11, 2012 5:55 pm

Well I seem to be getting over the infection. Lab work came back indicating the infection has been greatly reduced. I have to go for infusions through Tuesday. Then if all looks well I'll be put on a tablet anti-biotic. The fluid in my knee seems to be going away. It not so painful to walk on it.


Went out to the woods today just to relax and see what my dad has been doing. Things are looking great. Next weekend I have to work, but hopefully the following weekend I'll be able to start the ceramic tile.



Not sure what I am suppose to of learned from this experience other than I am glad I am saved life threatening events can occur at any time I am glad I am ready spiritually.



God is good no matter what. I don't have to understand why, I trust God does and that he is using me in some way through it all.
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Re: Seemingly Random Infection

Postby jochanaan » Sun Aug 12, 2012 11:35 am

Great news, Larry! :D

I assume your dad has been helping you with the house etc. Is he okay with your being naked? :?:
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Re: Seemingly Random Infection

Postby bn2bnude » Sun Aug 12, 2012 11:58 am

Larryk1052 wrote:Well I seem to be getting over the infection. Lab work came back indicating the infection has been greatly reduced. I have to go for infusions through Tuesday. Then if all looks well I'll be put on a tablet anti-biotic. The fluid in my knee seems to be going away. It not so painful to walk on it.


That is good to hear... With all the antibiotics, expect havoc with your digestive functions... Antibiotics will kill the good bacteria in your digestion system as well as the bad ones in your knee.

Talk to your doctor about what to do about it... I'd recommend acidophilus but don't want you to set yourself back.
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Re: Seemingly Random Infection

Postby JimShedd112 » Sun Aug 12, 2012 12:42 pm

Larry, I'm also glad to learn you're making what seems to be a speedy recovery.

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