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Old 01-19-2012, 10:29 PM
 
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This could be dangerous. Take her to an ER, probably better to be county hospital. They might send her a bill after, but they are obligated to treat. Then the bill could be negotiated and broken to monthly payments based on income. Seek a social worker and a financial assistance expert in the hospital.
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Old 01-19-2012, 10:34 PM
 
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This could be dangerous. Take her to an ER, probably better to be county hospital. They might send her a bill after, but they are obligated to treat. Then the bill could be negotiated and broken to monthly payments based on income. Seek a social worker and a financial assistance expert in the hospital.
They will be obligated to treat--but only to provide initial treatment, and they'll let her go with an order to see a non-ER doctor. They will send the bill, and while it's possible to get assistance with the bill from some organizations if you're low income... if she's not low income enough, I'm afraid person's assets can be in danger (like if they own a condo, etc) There're free clinics that aren't very stringent about enforcing "low income" requirement I think.
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Old 01-20-2012, 10:40 AM
 
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Another "at home" remedy is oregano oil. Tell her to get the good stuff (in a health food store) and just blast herself with it. I cured my severe strep & tonsillitis with it (I took drops under my tongue and painted my tonsils with it every night. Cleared up in less than a week). I know that's not MRSA, but it can't hurt to try. And it's cheaper than going to a doctor.

Studies have shown that the anti-bacterial properties in oregano oil are comparable to a prescription.
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Old 11-08-2012, 08:21 PM
 
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Oregano,OTC remedies etc are NOT going to work for MRSA. I have had this three times now. I have non-healing wounds that came open after a surgical procedure. I now also have immune deficiency disorder from the constant battle with staph infections for three years now. I assume that your doctor is recommending vancomyacin which is the most effective medicine still. One problem is it is very hard on the body and you can develop other problems from it. There are a couple of other medication that are being used besided vanco too but again, it is the best way to combat this horrible disease.
It would seem that it is in society's best interest to treat this so I do not know why they are making it so hard!
It can be contagous and if we want to be contained we need to treat patients who have it as soon as it is diagnosed. I am so angry sometimes that if someone would have followed simple hygeine rules that I might not be fighting this every single day of my life.
Please- beg or borrow the money for the PICC line and get treated. Your life is worth it.
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Old 11-09-2012, 11:05 PM
 
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MRSA is a hyper virulent form of a rather innocuous bacteria (Staphylococcus Aureus) that's colonized on most everybody's skin.

Don't freak out about it. In fact, many people with MRSA will end up living with it for the rest of their lives as it's rather difficult to get rid of. The key is to closely monitor any open cuts/wounds.

The drug of choice for MRSA is Vancomycin. While quite effective, vancomycin is notorious for being caustic to the veins (hence the need for the PICC line) as well as being toxic to the organ systems.

Take care of yourself.
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Old 11-10-2012, 08:14 PM
 
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A woman I know here in LA has been diagnosed with MRSA. Due to pre-existing condition she is currently uninsured. I have called fee clinics, county, etc and she has just a little bit too much income to be eligible for any help - but nowhere near what her costs for treatment would be. She was prescribed 4 months of iv antibiotics at $175 a day plus cost of picc line insertion.
Does anyone have any suggestions about other resources?
Thanks in advance for any ideas.
This makes absolutely no sense, and I am a hospital physician who treats people for severe MRSA infections quite frequently. Any MRSA infection (as opposed to colonization where the bacteria are not causing an active illness) is going to urgently require antibiotics. Localized skin infections can be treated with oral antibiotics, and anything more serious will require IV. A more serious MRSA infection - rapidly progressive cellulitis, endocarditis, joint infections etc require urgent IV therapy. Even the most serious MRSA infections don't require 4 months of treatment however, and it is certainly not something you can shop around for!
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