Wed, 10/22/2008 – 14:22 — David Watson
Last Friday I discovered a bump on my left hand during a training event in Dallas. Didn’t think much about it, but by Sunday evening was ready to visit the emergency room. My hand was extremely swollen and was fiery red up past my wrist. I visited my doctor on Monday and he started me out with two different antibiotic injections, two oral antibiotics, and an antibiotic cream. He also lanced the core of the infection and inserted a wick to help the wound weep its poison.
I visited my doctor again, today. He did more cutting and decided I needed to see a hand specialist to deal with the infection and the possible complications if it spread to the bones and/or nerves in my hand. For the first time, MRSA was mentioned.
According to the Mayo Clinic website, MRSA infection is caused by Staphylococcus aureus bacteria — often called “staph.” MRSA stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. It’s a strain of staph that’s resistant to the broad-spectrum antibiotics commonly used to treat it. MRSA can be fatal.
Since I am diabetic, my immune system is not all it should be. This is serious, and I ask you to pray for me and the medical professionals working with me.
I also had to cancel my trip to Africa in order to deal with the medical issues. Please pray for the teams in Africa that I was supposed to spend time with, and please pray that I will not have to cancel any other engagements.