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Old 2012-04-12, 03:20 AM   #1
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Friendly warning !!!

Hi Everybody, Finally climbed out of a large hole and life is back to normal again.
Had a great christmas and new year with family and friends, new uni for me. everything great, then second week of school and my youngest son complains of a bad knee. see the doctor and its a normal small tear of a small ligament normal for active growing 13 year old, he limp's for a day at school and this takes us to friday night. He says knee feels better but his hip hurts, by sunday night he's running a fever and can't sleep with the pain in his hip. Monday straight to hospital emergency
and to cut along story short. It was a Staphylococcus Bacterial infection which attacked the hip joint, anyway after 24 days in hospital and two surgery's a month with cruches he finally got on his uni this weekend very careful riding. He can not do any sports or activeties involving impacts for at least another month. I am very thankful that there is no perminent damage done as it did not attack the bone or cartilage.
My warning comes because with all the tests my son had they are 80% sure that it entered his body by him picking and playing with a small cut he had on his leg, so no picking and clean and look after any cuts an grazes or peddle bites you get with a good antiseptic ointment and with clean hands. It's still a bit of a lottery to catch it but apprently there are 30 types of this bacteria and some are building a resistance to antibiotic's and becoming more difficult to treat!!!

Anyway must say a quick thanks to any doctor's and nurses on here you peole are amazing!!!
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Old 2012-04-12, 09:15 AM   #2
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Hi Grizoo,

Thanks for the warning.
That sounds like quite an experience!
Good to hear your son is mending.

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Old 2012-04-12, 12:08 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reminder, Griz. Staph (and other infections, for that matter) can be serious, but no one ever thinks it will happen to them.
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Old 2012-04-13, 08:08 AM   #4
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I'm happy you avoided the worst. As a father I totally relate, and share your gratitude towards the medical folks and health care in general.
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Old 2012-04-13, 07:25 PM   #5
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pretty same thing happened to my niece, she endorsed really bad pain but went OK in the end.
She couldn't walk for 3 month if I remember well.
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Even knowing that, I'm afraid I won't take proper care of each skin scratching more than I'm used to but I'll try and remember that advice and will most probably be carefull about the issue for my kids.
Thanks for the advice and glad to see that things got back in order for you all.
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Old 2012-04-13, 08:23 PM   #6
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Thank you for your concern and you are right when everthing is going fine you don't give things a second's thought, then something nasty bites you in the backside. What I realistically learned from this is you can reduce the risk alot by not taking things for granted and looking after the small cuts and stuff properly, you don't have to become paranoid or adopt the atitude of Howard Hughes. But just think next time you are tempted to half look after yourself!!!

Just a thought I was brave enought to ask some questions after the treatment failed the first time and if this situation had occurred 150 years ago my son would have probably not lived longer than two weeks????
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On the same line, remember that shinguards are real bacteria nests.
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Old 2012-04-14, 03:21 AM   #8
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even worse, all your skin is covered with bacteria, which starts increasing from the moment you get out of the shower

you even have bacteria INSIDE your body ALL the time

and you probably have more bacteria in your mouth than a dog has in his or her mouth

and don't even mention how much bacteria is on your unicycle seat
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Old 2012-04-14, 04:18 AM   #9
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That bacteria is mostly benign though. It is important to protect our bodies from harmful, outside bacteria, which I believe is what Griz was getting at.
By all means Billy, if you want a demo, go eat fecal matter for a few days and the illness will come rolling in. Or you could just slather it on some road rash. It works either way.
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Old 2012-04-14, 06:03 PM   #10
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go eat fecal matter for a few days and the illness will come rolling in.
because it's INSIDE you
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Old 2012-04-14, 11:21 PM   #11
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you even have bacteria INSIDE your body ALL the time

and you probably have more bacteria in your mouth than a dog has in his or her mouth
And if you think that's gross, ask yourself when was the last time you cleaned your computer's keyboard?
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Old 2012-04-15, 12:28 AM   #12
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This thread is relevant but has the potential to go in a hundred different directions:

1. MRSA from public gym equipment
2. The rise of anti-biotic germs due to too much ingestion of antiobiotic laced beef and chicken
3. Hospitals are the #1 source of disease
4. Big business influence of the FDA and the food supply from seed to table
5. Innoculation risks
6. Alternative vs. western medicine.

Like global warming, the trends are in place. At best we can adopt best practices to mitigate the risks, which is what the original post is about.

What we regard as "best practice" is an individual choice.

Thanks,
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Old 2012-04-15, 04:45 AM   #13
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and to think we contributed to this by taking antibiotics the wrong way, allowing anti biotic resistant strains to develop!
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Old 2012-04-19, 02:34 PM   #14
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and to think we contributed to this by taking antibiotics the wrong way, allowing anti biotic resistant strains to develop!
Listen to Billy. He's been an expert on these things ever since his hero, Richard Nixon, suffered from a staph infection in 1960 after a knee operation.

But his interest really took off with Nixon's next infection in 1972, here is Billy's cherished button:
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