Tuesday, August 17, 2010

we got mrsa...again

it's been a difficult 48 hours!!  remember in june i had to visit the er for a severe finger infection and it turned out to be MRSA?  Well, now Molly has it:(  Last Thursday we went to the ER for an infection that appeared to be a boil.  Over the weekend it got better and then much worse.  On Monday (yes, the first day of school!) she woke up with a 102* fever and felt really bad.  I felt like the worst mother in the world for taking her to daycare (my mom), but I felt like I just had to get through the first day of school.  When I went to pick her up after school the boil/infection had started to drain and it was really bad.  Lots and lots of goop came out of my poor girl, but I knew it still needed to be seen because there were hard areas all around the original spot.  We went to the ER and after waiting for 2 hours we finally got seen.  They had determined from Thursday's culture that she did have MRSA and was obviously not responding to the oral antibiotics.  They had to sedate her briefly in the ER in order to open it, drain it more fully, and then pack it.  Then, they started giving her antibiotics through an IV so she would have the best chance at killing the virus.  We were admitted for the night and part of today before we were sent home. 

My poor girl is such a trooper!  She has been through so much, but honestly this whole ordeal has been much more painful than her hand/foot surgery.  We were up most of the night and so she came home and literally passed out in her bed...so happy to be home!! 

While we learned more and more about MRSA I told the doctors that I had already been diagnosed in June.  Who knows where I got it, if I gave it to her, if she gave it back to me?????  But regardless, I came home and made a quick appointment to go to my doctor that performed my laproscopy surgery in July.  One of the incisions has not healed properly and has been infected.  While I was in the hospital with Molly I started thinking, I bet this is MRSA.  Well, they cultured it and definitely think it is.  So I am also now on a very strong antibiotic to try and knock mine out as well.

Additionally they gave me strict orders in how to come home and clean/disinfect everything from countertops/toys/sheets/pillows/towels/etc.  So that is my mission while we are home this week.  Should be fun!  Because Molly's wound is an open/draining wound she cannot go to daycare until at least Monday.  That gives us 3 days at home to try and heal.  I really hope she heals quickly and never has something like this again.  Although I realize how blessed we both are that we caught each of our infections early and before they set into deep tissue and/or organs.  I simply cannot imagine what families go through who have children with chronic illness. 

Thanks for all of your thoughts and prayers for Ms. Molly.  She's so strong, all of the nurses and doctors loved her!
how to kill a few hours in the er....start with the phone
and then bubbles
meltdowns are inevitable...and i'm not even counting mine! ha!
kissing her boo boo, the iv is under that covering
 poor thing...
trying to distract with the doll
 loving the baby...even under sedation!

our welcome sign!
this morning...ready to go!
still a few meltdowns...it was a hard day!
my view for the last 24 hours!
just to prove i was there!  in case she ever wondered???


Tricia Thompson said...

Oh Amy I am so sorry. How scary for you all. I will be praying for you and Molly! I hope you guys are well on your way to a complete recovery. Love you guys.

Judi said...

Wow! You both have been through some times! Praying!

Shauna and MacLean said...

Oh you poor things I feel for vote of you and send lots of hugs and prayers all the way from Canada! Hope Molly feels better soon. Stay strong Amy!

Kelly Paulus said...

I am so sorry to hear about what you all are going through but glad it is all working out. It is so hard being a teacher and worrying about missing work (especially the first week!) but you have to do what is best for your daughter. Max had to be admitted to Vanderbilt Children's when he was 1week old for jaundice and just seeing your pictures brings it all back. It was NO FUN, but the whole time I was there I kept thanking God for my healthy children and praying we never had to be back there for anything life-threatening. Thinking of you all!

Angie said...

Oh no...what a rough time you've had! Praying for you both...

Danielle Moss said...

So glad Molly is doing ok! If I know you at all you were PERFECTLY calm during the whole thing, because you are quite possibly the most calm person I have ever met. :)

Becky said...

Oh Amy - how frustrating on the first day of school. On ANY day of school. My youngest daughter called me last Monday, payroll day, and said she was having problems and going to the ER. Not MONDAY! I ran in, processed payroll, then went to the ER. I took a picture of her too to prove to my boss I was there!

Unknown said...

Oh my goodness! Crazy! Poor girls in your house!

Lauren said...

Aw, you poor girls!!! Hope y’all are both on the mend VERY SOON!!!!

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