Thursday, October 25, 2007

Friday's Ramblings

Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best. Henry Van Dyke

Experts recommend practicing good hygiene. That includes: Washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Cleaning and covering cuts and scrapes until they are healed. Avoiding contact with other people's wounds or bandages. Avoiding sharing personal items such as toothbrushes, razors and towels.
MSRA infections have garnered much news coverage recently.MRSA stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Staph is a very common bacterium, present on the skin or in the noses of about 20 percent to 30 percent of the population. It's usually nothing to worry about. MRSA is a strain of staph that has become resistant to treatment with antibiotics, including penicillin, amoxicillin, oxacillin, methicillin and others. That makes MRSA harder to treat than regular staph infections.
Staph infections start out as mild infections on the skin, showing up as pimples or boils. Infections with garden-variety staph are easily treated in most cases. Both staph and MRSA can cause more-serious skin infections or they can lead to pneumonia or infections of the bloodstream, urinary tract, or the lining of the brain. Surgical wounds are often prime targets for these germs.
Skin-to-skin contact with a person who carries MRSA is believed to be the most common way people get MRSA in the community. In this situation, people who are otherwise healthy may get a skin infection with MRSA. It's also possible to get MRSA from surfaces that are contaminated with the germ, but this is less likely than person-to-person contact.
There hasn't been a sudden increase. Drug-resistant staph germs have been spreading across the country for years now, causing deaths from time to time. How is MRSA treated if it is resistant to antibiotics? MRSA is usually treated with Vancomycin, but Bactrim has been known to be effective.
But the best cure is PREVENTION-Wash those hands folks!


Well here in the Northeast it has been raining for the past couple of days, It is a rain that the gardeners/farmers are most welcome to see! It rains awhile, clears up and then rains again. Not the gully washing type that the ground can't consume! (at least there is no lake in my backyard)! I wish we could send some of it to those poor folks in California!


Found a fun site-can play for awhile and also provide the needy with grains of rice. You have to match your word knowledge with answers. give it a try, you may provide some much needed rice to the less needy!

Daughter #1 had her thyroid ablation this week, hopefully she will start feeling better. And may even go back to work? She has nodules on her thyroid that are precancerous, ablation is supposed to kill the thyroid and the nodules. Much better than the knife!


Pax Romano said...

I hope #1 is all better real soon! Send her my love!!!!

And thanks for the links!

mommanator said...

She is somewhat better, love is well received!