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    Old 04-30-2004, 11:42 AM   #1
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    Staph and surgery - need advice!

    Hello all! I'm hoping you can help me understand the situation my mother is in and possibly give me some advice on how to talk to her doctors. My mother, age 73 has been in the hospital since Thursday, 4/22/04. They drew blood and took stool cultures everyday and on 4/24/04 a staph infection was found in her stool cultures - blood was fine. Of course, nothing was mentioned about a staph infection until yesterday, 4/29/04 at which time she was told to use a bedside comode instead of the bathroom in her room to keep from infecting the other patient. A few hourse later they moved her to a private room. Here's my concern - she will be having surgery to put in a colostomy either later today or tomorrow and when I asked her internal med doctor about the staph infection he said it was nothing to worry about. I asked him about the potential for complications with surgery and he said it was nothing to be concerned about, but that he would have an infectious disease doctor take a look to make the surgeon and us feel more comfortable. I don't know very much about staph infections, except that they can be very damaging. What questions should I be asking the doctors to know that this is either cleared up or to confirm it really is "nothing to worry about?" She's battled infections (not staph) in the past that were not properly treated and since this will be her 4th surgery in six months, I'm extremely nervous about anything more going wrong.

    I appreciate any insight and advise you all have!

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    Old 04-30-2004, 12:04 PM   #2
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    Re: Staph and surgery - need advice!

    Not an expert but hubby is in the hospital as I type fighting the MRSA staph infection he picked up from out patient surgery he has on 3/22. If it was me, I would definately speak to the infectious desease doctor personally. A staph is serious in its self but with your moms age??? I would be really concerned. Do they have her on antibiotics now? Hows tests coming back? What kind of staph is it? Do you trust her doctors word? Dont let them persue anything until you and your mom are comfortable and happy with the answers you get. Good luck and dont let them rush you. Is the colostomy something she needs immediately? Whatever you ask in your head--ask the doctors.

     
    Old 04-30-2004, 01:59 PM   #3
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    I am so sorry tohear of your mother's plight. DO nNOT do surgery - that means the infection could spread. First thing is get them to get your mother an INFECTIOUS DISEASE SPECIALIST in the hospital. Demand to talk with one. Talk about her cultures and which antibiotics are being given (they have to be the right kind. ) they should be IV not oral. Also, when the infection is gone (reculture it to see, no other way of knowing) THEN do surgery.Finally, STAPH is one of the top "infections" picked up in hospitals. So is C-Difficil. Is your mother in pain?

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    Hello all! I'm hoping you can help me understand the situation my mother is in and possibly give me some advice on how to talk to her doctors. My mother, age 73 has been in the hospital since Thursday, 4/22/04. They drew blood and took stool cultures everyday and on 4/24/04 a staph infection was found in her stool cultures - blood was fine. Of course, nothing was mentioned about a staph infection until yesterday, 4/29/04 at which time she was told to use a bedside comode instead of the bathroom in her room to keep from infecting the other patient. A few hourse later they moved her to a private room. Here's my concern - she will be having surgery to put in a colostomy either later today or tomorrow and when I asked her internal med doctor about the staph infection he said it was nothing to worry about. I asked him about the potential for complications with surgery and he said it was nothing to be concerned about, but that he would have an infectious disease doctor take a look to make the surgeon and us feel more comfortable. I don't know very much about staph infections, except that they can be very damaging. What questions should I be asking the doctors to know that this is either cleared up or to confirm it really is "nothing to worry about?" She's battled infections (not staph) in the past that were not properly treated and since this will be her 4th surgery in six months, I'm extremely nervous about anything more going wrong.

    I appreciate any insight and advise you all have!

    Thank you!
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    Old 04-30-2004, 02:11 PM   #4
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    Re: Staph and surgery - need advice!

    Thanks Randi and Sadie for your replies. I'm not sure what antibiotics they are giving her, I know they were giving her Levoquin because when she first came in through the ER everyone thought she had colitis - after we pushed for a colonoscopy they discovered her problem stems from the fact that her colon has thickened to the point of being practically completely closed off - thus the colostomy. Last night she said she has a "dull ache" in her abdomen which she has had for several months. She said it feels like everything is just going to fall out. I'll be heading to the hospital soon to discuss this all in more detail with her doctors and make sure we get the right answers before any surgery is done.

     
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