My daughter had MRSA a few years ago. It was very painful for her and took a long time to diagnose and get the right antibiotic. She had pain under her arm and each day it got worse and worse. There was nothing there to see so the dr's were stumped. Finally after weeks it turned red and you could feel a mass under the skin. I called a friend who is a dr and asked him to come look at her and he's the one who said how large it was. The pocket of infection had wrapped around her muscles and tendons under her arm and he was afraid that if they couldn't get it to drain that they'd have to do surgery and he feared she'd lose part of the mobility of her arm. Back then they didn't think about MRSA. They thought it was a really large boil under the skin.
It wouldn't drain on it's own after days of hot packs so I took her to her doctor and asked him to lance it. She told him no, I told him yes, so he did. LOL this was a gal in her late 20's and the dr still asked Momma.
One poke and we had a flood on our hands. The dr was yelling for me to grab towels and we dealt with it with bare hands. <duh> She got a few more pockets of it in different places so I took her to a different doctor, this time my neighbor. He gave her antibiotics and said all would be fine. It wasn't fine so back to him we went. That's when I demanded a culture and I'M the one who had to do the culture because they didn't take it seriously. Oh boy did everything change when that culture came back. Then they were in gowns and gloves when she went in. They said there were 2 antibiotics that might deal with it...only 2. One was a pill, the other would have to be given by an IV in a hospital. Luckily the pills dealt with it but that poor girl went through months of pain. Several of her friends also had it around the same time.
My husband had a staff infection in his knee in starting last December and he wound up in the hospital for 15 days in January. He had staff, not MRSA. We almost lost him because they couldn't stop it and the infection got up to his thigh. The doctors kept warning me that it could go in his blood stream and then we were in big trouble. Luckily it didn't but it got too close for comfort.
Everything seems to be going nuts in the world. Look at the statistics for your chances of getting an autistic child. It's down to something like 1 in 150 when it used to be one in well over 1000. Children all of a sudden are allergic to peanuts and the numbers are staggering. It's so bad now that scientists are working at taking the allergen out of peanuts. (how the heck do they do that!).
I don't get it. People are more health conscience, so many have stopped smoking, they're eating better and health problems are growing in huge numbers. What the heck changed?