MRSA staph infection KO'd me! i was "seeing dead relatives"

  • rnch

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    Jun 04, 2011 2:01 PM GMT
    i had a successfull meniscus knee repair perfromed on may 11th. my third 'scope job in two years, this one was by far the least painful one, only slight swelling, rapid and steady recovery of movement and flexability.

    about 9 days after the scope, my knee started to get tight and sore. "overdid it today" i thought, as i climbed into bed that night.

    7 hours later i could barey crawl out of bed. swollen, tight and painful, it was a chore to move around...even back on the cruches. icepacks, pain pills and dvd watching on the sofa was how i spent most of sunday.

    when i did the daily bandage change of the scope incision area; a yellowish, stickly fluid dribbled/squirted out of one of the orthoscope knee incision openings! WTF!!!!!! to say i was freaked out to the max was a gross understatement.

    as this was on sunday; i called my orthopedic doctor's answering service that afternoon. my MD called me back, listened to my symptoms, and said for me to be back at his office at 8 am monday morning. ("and don't let that snippy receptionist give you any trouble....tell her "I" want you in first thing!"

    monday morning, my orthoscopic surgeon kneeded, squeezed and push all kinds of vile, smelly, gross looking puss out of the incision opening. i'm amazed i didn't shatter every window in the area, in spite of my clenched jaw and my desire "to take it like a man" and not complain. against his better judgement, i convinced the MD to let me return to my mother's house to R & R.

    tuesday morning, i was in extreme agony. running a 101.4 fever, shaking, barely able to move. my bf, an ICU trained nurse, had to carry/drag/pull me down the stairs and driveway to get me out of the house. (God Bless him once again!!) even though my bf is usually the most dispassionate, calm & controlled man with medcal issues, i did notice looks of concern and consternation on his face as we drove away.

    it took 3 people to get me up on the examining table; i was shaking and groaning 98% incapable of helping them move me. a quick examination that made me moan in pain at his slightest touch was all my MD needed to see that i had developed a severe staph inection, that i needed to be admitted to the hopsital's Emergency Room immediately. ("you are going to the ER NOWWWW, young man! no crapp outta you over this!"

    as i was moved from his office to the hopsital's Emergency Room (all in the same medical complex), i swear i was having conversations with my deceased father and grandmother...just talking about how badly i felt and what would happen next. as the "conversation" ended my father put his arm and hand out to me and made a "motioning in" gesture to me. i was sure i didn't have a long time left on this earth.

    an eight day visit at what used to be one of the finest hospitals in the new orleans area (but not now!!) included "washing out" the infected meniscus repair three times, pumping me full of various antibiotics and horrible hospital food got me to the point that i coud be discharged.

    i still an quite weak and shaky, still on crutches, getting a daily, at home IV of antibiotics and a couple of stomach churning pills. i am banned from returning to work until around the first of july, depending onwhat the blood work reveals.

    it still "blows my mind" how quickly and completely i went downhill.
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    Jun 04, 2011 3:25 PM GMT
    Wow, rnch, sending some warmth and strength your way!

    -us two
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    Jun 04, 2011 3:26 PM GMT
    What an awful experience you have gone through. Scary what can happen as a result of what you probably thought was going to be a fairly simple procedure. Take it easy and get your rest in the time you still have off from work. Here's to a speedy recovery!
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    Jun 04, 2011 3:29 PM GMT
    OMG, so sorry for what happened!!! What a nightmare!! But very glad that you're on the mend. Keep getting better!!
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    Jun 04, 2011 3:31 PM GMT
    The doc called you "young man"?!?!

    Kidding! I'll have to swing by with some beignets and cafe au lait. Get well soon!
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    Jun 04, 2011 3:42 PM GMT
    It is nice to hear , you have almost completely recovered ...
    Staph infection can kill you ...Did you get it during your surgery ?
    Get a good rest ...
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    Jun 04, 2011 3:42 PM GMT
    Anytime "STAPH" is raised now, I get the feelings of "impending doom"...

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    Jun 04, 2011 3:50 PM GMT
    neffa saidIt is nice to hear , you have almost completely recovered ...
    Staph infection can kill you ...Did you get it during your surgery ? ...




    ah, if only i knew when/where it came from!

    i'm alway anal-retenative/obsessively clean about open wounds and post-op care.

    i have NO idea what happened here.


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    Jun 04, 2011 4:04 PM GMT
    My dear friend, first I heard of this, so awful! I've had knee meniscus surgery, too. nearly 25 years ago, but with nothing like the complications you did, all went well. Hospitals are one of the most unhealthy places to be, because that's where unhealthy people are.

    Expect a long recovery, and being weak as a kitten. Don't fight it, just do what they tell you to restore your strength. I had pneumonia in 1988, which the stupid Army doctors failed to diagnose for 2 weeks. Thought I had a kidney infection, but it was "dry" pneumonia they couldn't hear with a stethoscope. Not until they finally x-rayed my chest did they see my lungs were totally infected, and realized I was near death.

    My fever got close to 105 a few times, nearly fatal for an adult, and you wanna talk about the hallucinations *I* was having? Don't worry about having conversations with dead relatives -- the stuff I was imagining would curl your hair. It took 6 months before I got my normal strength back, I couldn't believe how much an infection could sap me. This "tough" Army Major could barely walk, and needed a waiver from PT (daily organized physical training), first I ever had in my career.

    So you take it easy, and let your body take its own healing course. Don't push it, and take lots of nutrition. I lost nearly 20 pounds, don't know if you've lost weight, but get it back if you have. Your body needs to repair itself, so give it what it needs. And you keep us informed 'K?

    (I'm e-mailing a paste of this to you directly)
  • rnch

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    Jun 04, 2011 4:18 PM GMT
    thanks to all of ya'll (esp AD) for your kind words of encouragement and sympathy.

    i have lost appx 20 pounds (that needed to be lost) so far...the only good part of this "experience".

    one of my supervisors, a rough, weathered, mean looking, but perceptive, quietly kind man with over 35 years of combined army/federal civil service time accumulated, made a quick visit on my 5th hospital day.

    he strode into the dismal hospital room with his usual military bearing and poise and elan. (AD will know what i mean by this), a fixed smile on his face.

    as he got closer to me, his face dissolved into the clouded expression of a small child about ready to start bawling.

    "MY GOD, rnch, what-have-they-done-to-you? you look like hammered dog shit!" he gasped. he then quickly regainded his composuse for the rest of his short visit.

    i'm sure his visit removed any and all doubt among my cauldron stirring co-workers about the verasity and severity of my workman's comp claim, time off from work and my "condition".
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    Jun 04, 2011 5:42 PM GMT
    rnch said
    neffa saidIt is nice to hear , you have almost completely recovered ...
    Staph infection can kill you ...Did you get it during your surgery ? ...




    ah, if only i knew when/where it came from!

    i'm alway anal-retenative/obsessively clean about open wounds and post-op care.

    i have NO idea what happened here.


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    It wouldn't the first time , that i heard about Staph infection , just after a surgery .....I would check the hospital you had a surgery done , and find out if they have been other cases . If your search comes positive , i would file a complaint with the right authority , as some other futur patients might be heading the same route as you did ...
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    Jun 04, 2011 6:04 PM GMT
    a lot of people in the population normally have staph as a colonisation on their skin - it doesn't cause any problems.

    As for MRSA, well that's the resistant type of staph. It is present in the community, but can also be picked up in the hospital. Hard to say where you got it. Either way it sounds like it got into the wound.

    I'm surprised the surgeon sent you home after seeing you with pus coming out of your knee. Perhaps you were very persuasive.
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    Jun 04, 2011 6:29 PM GMT
    neffa saidIt wouldn't the first time , that i heard about Staph infection , just after a surgery .....I would check the hospital you had a surgery done , and find out if they have been other cases . If your search comes positive , i would find a complaint with the right authority , as some other future patients might be heading the same route as you did ...

    An interesting point. If this is prevalent at that hospital, essentially an epidemic, legal action for damages would be appropriate.

    You can engage a lawyer on contingency (meaning they only get paid if you win your case, though they get about half of it). Some of these guys are unscrupulous pond suckers, so you have to do your homework before selecting one.
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    Jun 04, 2011 6:38 PM GMT

    Had a similar experience with an emergency appendectomy. There is NO doubt that it came from the hospital...but what can you do? You'd never be able to prove it...or at least that's the way I felt.
    Since mine was an open wound...it could NOT be stitched up again...so I had visiting nurses come to my house twice a day for the next five or six weeks, as it had to heal from the inside out. .


    Glad your on the mend...can I borrow your b/f???
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    Jun 04, 2011 6:50 PM GMT
    Friendsrbetter said
    Had a similar experience with an emergency appendectomy. There is NO doubt that it came from the hospital...but what can you do? You'd never be able to prove it...or at least that's the way I felt....Glad your on the mend...can I borrow your b/f???


    yes, my thoughts also. wadduagonnado?



    borrow my bf?? although we are not totally against a mutually selected third guy in the bed; 'll give you the same reply i gave to the drunken, clingy gay guy who was hitting on my bf last month: "bitch, if you wanna keep dat arm attached to yo' body then you best be gettin' it the HELL offin mah mannn!"

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    Jun 04, 2011 8:39 PM GMT
    rnch said'll give you the same reply i gave to the drunken, clingy gay guy who was hitting on my bf last month: "bitch, if you wanna keep dat arm attached to yo' body then you best be gettin' it the HELL offin mah mannn!"

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    hehehehe...

    Reminds me of my late partner, A sweeter, easier going guy you'd never have met.

    But one night we were at a gay club. He went to get us drinks from the bar in the next room, while I remained on the dance floor, dancing alone.

    I had my sunglasses on, with my eyes mostly closed, to avoid the disco strobe lights that might trigger one of my epileptic seizures. Unknown to me, this ugly troll came up alongside me, and starting dancing with me, without touching.

    My partner returned with our drinks, putting them on a dance-side cocktail table, and saw this guy with me. He came over and immediately roared, in a big, deep bass voice (he was a singer): "Get the fuck away from my husband!!! Or I'll haul your ass out into the parking lot and make jelly of you!!!"

    I opened my eyes and saw what was happening. The guy slinked away, the other dancers freezing for a moment at his commanding voice, and I did my best to explain to my partner that I was ignorant of what had gone on. He knew I often danced with my eyes closed because of the lights, and didn't blame me.

    But WOW! I never knew how jealous my hubby was, nor had I ever seen his full rage revealed. The pussy cat had become the tiger. And I was both impressed by his commanding nature and also flattered, that anybody was that possessive of me.

    The troll, BTW, who was a bar regular, scrupulously avoided me for the next several years. LOL!
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    Jun 04, 2011 9:41 PM GMT
    [quote][cite]...I'm surprised the surgeon sent you home after seeing you with pus coming out of your knee. Perhaps you were very persuasive. [/quote]

    ah well,cudda...shudda....wuddda. hindsight is 20/20. i wanted to avoid a hospital stay at all costs; at the time having no idea how far gone i was.

    if i had known then what the next few days would had been like; i would had begged my bf to drive me directly to the ER.
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    Jun 04, 2011 9:54 PM GMT
    Staph is all sorts of badwrong icon_sad.gif


    Glad you're on the mends though, and take it easy. After that mess you deserve some downtime you can actually enjoy
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    Jun 04, 2011 10:12 PM GMT
    rnch said[quote][cite]...I'm surprised the surgeon sent you home after seeing you with pus coming out of your knee. Perhaps you were very persuasive.


    ah well,cudda...shudda....wuddda. hindsight is 20/20. i wanted to avoid a hospital stay at all costs; at the time having no idea how far gone i was.

    if i had known then what the next few days would had been like; i would had begged my bf to drive me directly to the ER.[/quote]
    I respect my partner's wishes, and always try to comply with them. But there are times I override them.

    I've done it just twice with him: when his leg was as cold as ice, and when I thought he was having a heart attack. Each time he wouldn't cooperate, fought me at every step. Both times I was correct, taking him to the ER, saving his leg from amputation in the first instance, and possibly his life from a real heart attack in the second.

    Yah know, you live with a guy, and you have responsibilities. That's why we drew legal documents as soon as we moved in together. I have full medical authority over him, and he has full authority over me.

    You live with a guy, you take care of him. Simple, end of story Yes?

    BTW, your post is defective, as they often are. I dunno what you're doing , but a clean reply is no possible.
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    Jun 05, 2011 12:17 AM GMT
    rnch said
    Friendsrbetter said
    Had a similar experience with an emergency appendectomy. There is NO doubt that it came from the hospital...but what can you do? You'd never be able to prove it...or at least that's the way I felt....Glad your on the mend...can I borrow your b/f???

    borrow my bf?? although we are not totally against a mutually selected third guy in the bed; 'll give you the same reply i gave to the drunken, clingy gay guy who was hitting on my bf last month: "bitch, if you wanna keep dat arm attached to yo' body then you best be gettin' it the HELL offin mah mannn!"
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    Noooo, not THAT way. I was referring to his "medical expertise" and his caring.
    Homey don't play dat foolin' around game with udder mens huzbandz....
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