Hayden got a spider bite several summers ago. It had to be a spider bite, because we didn’t recognize it as anything else we’d ever really seen on our kids before. And after all, he’d been sitting on the grass in the backyard playing in the water.
The “spider bite” grew. It got red, SWOLLEN, feverish, and NASTY! We found ourselves at the doctor’s office where we were told that it probably was a spider bite that got infected and that it should clear up on its own.
It continued to grow into a fiery ball of disgusting infection and we eventually found ourselves holding our child down while we drained the painful lesion.
Then it happened again.
We still didn’t know yet that MRSA had hit our family.
Then another one of our boys, Dylan, got some sort of bug bite in his groin. The “bugbite” quickly grew and grew into some sort of monster and within a couple of days, Dylan was hunched over, unable to walk. The lump in his groin was huge, red, swollen and hot. He had bright red streaks surrounding it. The lymph nodes surrounding it were swollen. He felt terrible. I was scared out of my mind. We took him to the doctor where he was immediately referred to a surgeon and he was admitted to the hospital.
The surgeon was able to quickly drain and clean the area and packed it with some gauze and left it open to allow it to drain more if it needed. Dylan was put on antibiotics and sent home. The lab results came back.
That explained Hayden’s mysterious “spider bites”. And a host of other little infections here and there we’d seen in our oldest son, too.
MRSA is mean. It’s ugly. It’s from the pits of hell.
I won’t claim to be the scientific expert on the bacteria here. Please google all you want to learn more on that end. But please, please…..from one mom to another….take note!
If You Think Your Child Has MRSA:
1. If your child has a mysterious, swollen “bite”, especially in the summer, do NOT hesitate to take them to the doctor.
2. Since some doctors are not quick to think of MRSA, be one step ahead of them: ASK THEM IF THEY THINK IT COULD BE MRSA and ASK IF YOU CAN CULTURE IT.
3. Keep Bactroban and Hibiclens in your bathroom AT ALL TIMES once you’ve had a case of MRSA. They’re the biggest tools we have against the demon so far. Besides antibiotics to eradicate it.
4. It’s very contagious, so ask your doctor what he/she thinks about treating the family with antibiotics, nasal Bactroban and Hibiclens baths therapeutically to get rid of it. Yes, 1 in 4 people are colonized with it and you may “catch” it again, but at least you can get rid of it for now.
5. MRSA can become systemic and result in something called Toxic Shock Syndrome. TSS can be fatal very quickly. DO NOT WAIT TO TREAT YOU OR YOUR CHILDREN FOR MRSA. I personally know firsthand how serious this stuff can be. Read my story here.
Praying for a cure. But in the meantime, just be informed and geared up.