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A few years back, I read either an article or a letter to the editor in the Key West Citizen (keysnews.com), in which Ian Garriques, M.D., a retired infectious disease specialist, who had run Key West’s free medical clinic for a few years, and had diagnosed my first horrific skin MRSA infection in 2003, said MRSA is pandemic in the Florida Keys. I had spoken with Dr. Garriques numerous times about MRSA, when he was treating me. He said he was treating MRSA all the time, and had talked with doctors all over America, and they really did not have a good answer for MRSA. I also spoke with other Key West physicians, who said they were treating MRSA all the time.
For example, Dr. Garriques referred me to a local surgeon, Michel Klitenick, M.D., who, during emergency surgery that same day, carved three horrific MRSA abscesses out of my skin: two were in my groin, on either side of the base of my penis; the third was on my right buttock. When Dr. Klitenick later visited me in the hospital, he said, after I was released I could do anything I wanted to do but go into the ocean. He continued treating me with bactrim, a sulfa drug, for MRSA infections that showed up on other parts of my skin. His medical partner, Dr. Larrauri , met me one day in the emergency room and lanced a big, fast- moving MRSA infection which had come up between my anus and my testicles. Dr. Larrauri injected an antibiotic directly into the infection. He said MRSA is widespread in Key West and the Florida Keys, and maybe I was right, MRSA could jump, as well as be passed by contact.
The antibiotics Dr. Garriques kept prescribing did not heal me, either. What happened was, a round of antibiotics would seemingly heal a MRSA skin infection, but after a week or so, another MRSA infection would appear on my skin, and I would take another round of Dr. Garriques’ antibiotics, and the infection would go away in about 2 weeks, and then a new MRSA skin infection would appear. After about 9 months of that, following the surgery, I had a dream which caused me to think the angels were going to heal me, if I took just one day’s dose of the antibiotic Dr. Garriques had prescribed just that morning. I took the one dose, which was 2 pills, 12 hours apart, and stopped taking the prescription. The MRSA infection on my left arm started receding, which was not possible for just one day’s dose of the prescription. Not medically possible. In 2 weeks, the infection was healed over, which was not possible, if I was not taking the prescription. Not medically possible. That was in March 2003.
The next time I contracted MRSA in Key West was in 2009. That infection was on the right side of my abdomen. A friend suggested a home remedy, which I made and applied to the infection, and that took care of it in about 2 weeks, without a visit to the doctor. More about that home remedy later in this post.
Meanwhile, during a candidate forum in 2013, I, one of the mayor candidates, said Key West waters are infested with MRSA and the city should alert its citizens and visitors about that. Speaking behind me, Mayor Craig Cates said there is no MRSA in the water here, the sea is clean and beautiful. Cates recently announced he is running for his 5th term next year, 2016.
Yesterday, someone emailed me a link to this FOX News report:
Giants’ Daniel Fells could lose foot due to MRSA infection
Doctors are fighting to save an NFL player’s foot – and possibly his life – according to an NFL Network report.
Giants tight end Daniel Fells has reportedly had multiple surgeries and was placed in the Intensive Care Unit on Friday for a stubborn Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection in his ankle. Doctors are worried the infection may have spread into Fells’ bone and could travel into his blood, which could have fatal implications, according to NFL Network.
“This is a serious situation that has been taken seriously from the beginning,” Giants spokesman Pat Hanlon said. “We’re all fighting for Daniel.”
The infection occurred after Fells, 32, injured his toe and then his ankle. He was given a cortisone shot and, following persistent ankle and foot pain, Fells was admitted to the hospital on Oct. 2 with a 104-degree fever. It was later determined his ankle was infected with MRSA. MRSA is a staph infection that has become resistant to most antibiotics that would typically be used to treat it.
Fells has been placed on Injured Reserve and his playing career is in jeopardy. A seven-year veteran, he has played with the St. Louis Rams, Denver Broncos, New England Patriots and Giants. In 89 games, Fells has caught 114 passes for 1,334 yards and 12 touchdowns.
The Giants have sanitized their facilities as a precaution and briefed their players and staff on how to prevent the spread of MRSA.
This is a horrible turn of events, I cannot believe I see a few comments promoting the commenters’ businesses, although i appreciated the surgeon weighing in, he probably sees a lot of MRSA. The M.D.s down here in Key West and up the Florida Keys see lots of MRSA, they and every local diver down here know, if you go into the ocean with a scrape, nick or cut on your skin, you very well could end up with MRSA, but the local governments and chambers of commerce and tourist development counsel and lodging and watersports industries don’t broadcast that risk, which is very real. I got MRSA twice down here, but only on my skin. I don’t go into the ocean down here anymore. Google image MRSA to get a sense of what it looks like when it erupts on someone’s skin, before it gets into the blood and body fluids. It is very difficult to treat and get rid off all the way. I was told about a home remedy for the skin variety of MRSA, which I will describe. Get a small jar of vaseline type petroleum jelly, and a bottle of the red iodine, both should be available in any drugstore.Scoop a little of the vaseline out of its container, and throw that vaseline away. Fill the resulting hole with red iodine then close the iodine bottle tightly and put it into the shade. Then use a toothpick or a thin flat knife blade to poke the iodine into the vaseline, and keep poking, until the vaseline is deep pink or reddish. Then it is ready to use a finger to scoop a little of it out and spread it over the MRSA sore on the skin. Do that 4 times a day. Best to start before the sore erupts, but it works on open sores, too. I doubt any bacteria can live in iodine, MRSA cannot. Keep the container containing the home remedy closed tight and away from light and heat, as air and light and heat change iodine and compromise its anti-bacterial effect. The entire remedy probably won’t cost $10 in a regular drug store. Keep applying it to the sore until the sore is healed over and all the redness is gone. You know if it’s MRSA when it starts, because the bump hurts, the skin is tight, and it is moving fast to get bigger, redder, and more swelling and pain, and finally it erupts. I use it on any bump that starts on my skin, just in case it’s MRSA. Other people have reported good results with this remedy, but from what I read, it will not help Fells, because his MRSA infection seems to be internal, if not also eternal, but he could try to cover his foot and ankle with the remedy 4 x a day. The vaseline holds the iodine on the skin and the skin absorbs the ioidine and brings it interior a little ways, and there is a time release feature. Cover the sore with gauze bandage after each treatment with the remedy. Washing the sore with soap and water is good, before applying the remedy. Peroxide is good for preventing MRSA, if you cut your skin, if used immediately. As is table vinegar. But once MRSA sets in, those will not get rid of it. Hope this helps other people who end up with the awful problem, before it becomes a lot more awful. It is fatal, if not stopped. Again, google image MRSA, to get a graphic view of how it presents itself on the skin, and how the sores progress, from red bumps to awful abscesses and worse.
I got mrsa while in the ICU developed abscesses on right lung diaphragm and both sides of my groin. Right lung no longer works and have had 3 femoral bypasses. Pain is daily along with trouble breathing when I walk more than 10′. Hospital ICUs are famous for MRSA. The longer you are in the more likely you will get it.
Hurt himself and got a Cortisone shot, and then he gets a bad infection. Cortisone suppresses the immune system, which can contribute to infections. So I wonder if he really needed the Cortisone shot!
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My husband contracted MRSA from just being in the hospital. As a result, I tested positive when I had to have knee replacement. Nasty stuff. Prayers for this young man and his family.
@ArizonaNana Although this player apparently contracted it outside of the hospital, If anyone is in the hospital for any length of time, particularly with open wounds, their odds of getting MRSA are very high these days. The sooner you can get out of the hospital the better as far as that goes. Been there, done that, got the t-shirt.
Waiting to long so an infection gets a nice head start is common with deadly MRSA infections.
Waiting days when hours matter is not a good survival path.
@MadVirginiaGuy Steroid shots are notorious for helping spread certain types of infection. He probably needs hyperbaric treatment.
@MadVirginiaGuy Wow, you are SO SMART you should be a doctor, not a web skulker.
If you need a reference to get into medical school, I know a felon who will write you one.
maybe someone should have thought of sterilizing the needles and washing their hands before they began treating fells.
@egm11 Hospitals are where people get these type of infections.
@jkm49_us @Hiero @LEScott @egm11Correct. I was surprised to read and find that he apparently got it BEFORE going to the hospital, but it’s also common in places such as locker rooms and gyms. Although this case was different, the best thing you can do to avoid MRSA is get out of the hospital ASAP after surgery or being admitted with any open wounds. Much safer to recover at home as far as that’s concerned. He’ll have the best care and odds are they’ll save the foot if the infection isn’t in the bone, but it’s no fun being in an isolation unit and having to have everyone wear gowns, gloves and masks any time they want to see you for at least a month, family included.
My sister in law has MRSA. She is on complete disability and house bound for almost five years. They manage to keep it in check with operations and medications, but her type is not curable. It is unknown as to where or how she got infected. She worked as a triage-nurse in a medical facility in FLA. I believe more people have this than is reported in the news. Prior to the MRSA, she was a healthy woman in mid-40s.
@backdoor the vast majority of infections from MSRA come in a hospital or medical facility. one would think that they would disinfect these places and require EVERYONE who touches ANYTHING to was their hands repeatedly.
@backdoor So sorry for your sister in law’s disease.
I’m sure she’s going through a rough time.
Seems we have new diseases popping up every year that are not treatable, or preventable .
all the antibiotics and hormones these players are taking for playing the game better may be making their bodies unresponsive to medicine
Cut it out. MRSA has nothing to do with player habits. Its entrenched in our hospital system. Its endemic.
Unfortunately football locker rooms and their less than septic conditions are a great place for disease.
MRSA is helped along by over use of antibiotics such as in soaps and factory farming. We should restrict their use…oh wait, that would interfere with big business so that’s not cool.
@cBlueRay what crap!
All the antibiotics on the market have long been generic.
You need to put your tin foil hat in the cupboard. They are pennies a 100
@cBlueRay Actually it is helped along by our overuse of taking antibiotics for everything; i.e., colds, flu, etc. That is why they call it methicillin resistant. And the staph infection has become resistant to medication. The only thing that will touch it is IV gentamycin twice a day in the hospital. I think some on this site may be confusing MRSA with the flesh eating bacteria that is so dangerous if exposed.
I jes wunder how many cases of MRSA are currently eating people alive in the USA and why this case is so important. This aint no medical journal site……..He don’t deserve no money from a suit if’n he waited too long to report it to the doc…..
@redneckwitha9mil there are currently tens of thousands of people with MRSA…MRSA is not the flesh eating bacteria you might be thinking of
@redneckwitha9mil if’n you would speak English, you point might go over better.
MRSA is a result of over prescribing antibiotics…in humans and animals…they get into the water table from urine
mine-un what ????