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I haven't been very forthright this last week. I've gone about my business as if it were business as usual but behind the computer monitor, things have not as they seem. The cold/flu season has blown in and we've had a houseful of sick people. However, as it does time and again, it blew in and blew away for most of us. The entire first floor of our house is now showing the wreckage left from this storm, but everyone seemed to be getting well again by Friday. Just as I was about to settle into a weekend of greatly needed cleaning, sorting, folding and generally picking up... Staph peeked in the window!

For those of you who have not read my entire blog beginning to end (because I'm just full of enough of myself to think that you would), my oldest son was in a very bad accident a few years ago (you can read about it here - if you're up for another my sob stories). He has a very large scar area from the wound and another from the surgery. We are careful to go right to the doctor if there is any (and I do mean ANY) signs of infection, etc. in that area. Well... he's had the cold/flu thing that everyone here has had but he just wasn't getting over it so last week it was declared that he had pneumonia and was put on an antibiotic. On Friday, he came to me asking me to look at a "bump" that had shown up on the top of his scar. Saturday he was throwing up. Yesterday we were in the immediate care with the words MRSA and Staph looming over us. Because of his accident 3 years ago we're now aware that he has severe allergies to many medications. Because of his inability to take many of the antibiotics to treat Staph... oh, what a worried mommy I was last night!! This morning, he was covered in hives and still throwing up.

Well, he's taking "gut busting" (medical term) doses of antibiotics to treat the pneumonia and the possible staph. And to counter his allergic reaction to the antibiotics, he's taking steriods and benadryl. If there's no improvement by tomorrow morning, he'll be admitted to the hospital to have IV antibiotics where he can be more closely monitored and the "blister" will be lanced and cleaned (because it's on top of a previous non-healing wound area, the concern is that the infection will follow one of the "tracks" or scar tissue and create a pocket of infection somewhere).

Although it's tempting to play the "feel sorry for me" song, please know that we're in good hands and we've been through much worse. Somedays I would really like for the need to worry about his health to end, but I know that the reality is that he is always at risk for infection in that area and it's a serious risk because he can't take most antibiotics. (The doctor, whom I absolutely love, joked with us today, "he's allergic to the planet so we have to try to stay ahead of things". Being pro-active is exhausting but it's better than the alternative =) Please pray with us tonight. Of course, being the 16 year old that he is, he doesn't think any of it is a big deal and would probably be very angry that I've even shared this with all of you.

Below are some pictures to give you an idea of what we're dealing with. Please be aware that they're graphic..
This 1st photo is from the day after his initial accident..

The second photo is of the wound as it was not healing and had to be drained (it was about a year after the accident before the wound finally closed)

The last photo is of the "blister" as of yesterday. Doesn't seem like much after the other two photos, but it could easily become an open, non-healing wound.

I may not be blogging for the next couple of days but know that I'll wish I was =)

23 comments:

  1. OH Polly...prayers are certainly with you and your family....oh my. I tagged you for something but I understand you have a lot going on. Hugs to you!
    Love,
    Robin

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  2. Polly, I am saying a prayer for your son right now. I am so sorry that he has this. There has been a huge scare about this MRSA in our school system and numerous kids have been diagnosed. It seems to be sweeping the nation. I will keep him in my prayers, please keep us updated!

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  3. Polly,
    You are in my prayers at this very moment and will continue to be. I've been hearing about this type of thing all over the news. Please let us know how he's doing. Take care.

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  4. Oh Polly, I will be praying for him.So Sorry, I hope the meds can work on him soon, I bet you are a Concerned, But You are Right, You are In Good Hands with The Heavenly Father. Take Care of You & Your Son!Sending Prayers & Thoughts Your Way!

    Angie

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  5. Please take your time and take care of your son. My thoughts and prayers are with him and your entire family
    ((hugs))
    Michelle

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  6. Dear Polly, you, your son and family are in my prayers right now. I pray that he will be healed of pneumonia and staph very quickly. Hoping to hear good news soon.

    Love ya,
    Rhonda

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  7. Oh, you and your son will be in my prayers. I hope the medicine works. Sending a big hug to you.

    Michelle

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  8. Dearest Polly, You and your son are held in a circle of healing and love by me. All will be well. Blessings Barbara.

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  9. Polly I am so sorry to read of all of this. I don't know how I missed it yesterday. I checked all afternoon at blogs and I never saw this post until this morning. But, please know that I will pray today. For you, for your son, for your whole family.

    We just received a letter from the school reminding us of the dangers of MRSA. Thankfully, there have been no outbreaks as of yet but you really do have to stay on top of things. I know that you don't want our pity, but you do have our compassion. We're here for you!

    Love,
    Julie

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  10. Prayers for you and yours. I have a 17yo son and they really think they're invincible.

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  11. Polly...I will be in prayer for you and yours...thankful that you caught it..so to speak...
    Deby

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  12. OH I'm praying. There is nothing like worrying about a child. There is also a huge outbreak of Staph here...it was all over the newspaper this week.

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  13. Polly, I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers...
    Penny

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  14. My word! I certainly will be thinking of your family and praying for all of you. And, know that you've prompted me to finally get off my duff and place the call to my own son's physician to look at a little something I've been trying to convince myself is "nothing". You've jolted me out of denial and complacency...thank you.

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  15. Polly, my turn to send love and prayers. Will be thinking of you and yours and look forward to good news real soon. Much love, Esther

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  16. Polly....prayers, good thoughts and healing energy heading your way. :) I'm so sorry the little guy is going through this. This staph and MRSA thing is WAY too scary.

    {{{{{HUGS}}}}}

    *muah*
    Michelle

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  17. Polly I just finished reading the whole story in your prior post and I cannot imagine how difficult that must have been for him and for you to go through. My oldest son rides and jumps his bike and this took my breath away. I am joining you and standing in prayer for an immediate and complete healing.

    Hugs,
    Dena

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  18. Hi Polly,
    Just checkin in on you and still praying for your son and you.

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  19. Oh, hugs to you! We will definatly pray for your son..don't worry... The Great Physician can heal all!!
    hugs***

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  20. Oh Polly, please be careful, if you are not happy with what the doctors are doing, have him see another, the news about this a few weeks ago was frightening! My prayers are with your son, you and your family!

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  21. I just reread that you do love your doctor, still, please be careful!

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  22. Polly your son is in my prayers. My heart goes out to you. You are such a good mommy! Take care of yourself too!

    Laurie

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  23. MRSA is a terrible thing, my son had a "bump" over his eye and was told he had a 75% chance of losing the eye! we were terrified, but thank God, his cleared up. good luck with your son. (I have been reading backwards from the current post so I know he is better)

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