Thursday, September 4, 2008

Thanks to ALL

As everyone knows Harry is in the hospital fighting a serious staph infection that is in his bloodstream, as well as the life changing amputation of this foot that he's been fighting to heal for over a year. We had a really bad morning but the day improved as time went on. Harry is on several medicines to keep his blood pressure up & treat the staph infection in his bloodstream. The Doctors (who are a fabulous group of people) are watching him closely & keeping a close watch on his transplant kidney. One of the concerns with some antibodics used to treat MERSA is the effects they can have on kidney function. We are so blessed to have such wonderful caring family members & friends to help us through all of this. We feel the power of all of your prayers, SO KEEP IT UP. We love you all & appreciate all of you. We were also blessed to have a close family friend taking care of our Harry today as his nurse. Tonight Harry was feeling a little better, his blood pressure was good, & he even sat up to eat dinner & believe me every now and then he even cracks a joke ( Just like him to make light of any situation) thats why we love him so much. You've never known a more good hearted caring man. THanks again EVeryone for all of your LOVE!

Info on MERSA:
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) are a type of staphylococcus or "staph" bacteria that are resistant to many antibiotics. Staph bacteria, like other kinds of bacteria, normally live on your skin and in your nose, usually without causing problems. MRSA is different from other types of staph because it cannot be treated with certain antibiotics such as methicillin.
Staph bacteria only become a problem when they cause infection. For some people, especially those who are weak or ill, these infections can become serious.
MRSA infections are more difficult to treat than ordinary staph infections. This is because the strains of staph that are known as MRSA do not respond well to many types of antibiotics-the types of medicines that are normally used to kill bacteria. When methicillin and other common antibiotic medicines do not kill the bacteria that is causing an infection, it becomes harder to get rid of the infection.
MRSA bacteria are more likely to develop when antibiotics are used too often or are not used correctly. Given enough time, bacteria can outsmart antibiotics so that these medicines no longer work well. This is why MRSA and other antibiotic-resistant bacteria are sometimes called "super bugs."


UtahGma&Gpa said...

Thanks for the update on Harry & his staph infection. I checked Gigi's blog & then decided I would check your blog. Betsy talked to Gigi, today, but your info was very helpful. Our thoughts & prayers are with Harry, Gigi & your family. Much love!

Amanda said...

We love you guys and just wish there was more we could do. And we are enjoying all of our time with Shelby. She is such a sweet good natured girl. She's welcome to come stay with us anytime.

gigi said...

Thank you for writing this after yesterday I have no brain. All my love!

Prudy said...

What a wonderful family you are a part of. I've been admiring your little girls through Gigi's blog. They are adorable-just sooo cute. Thanks for letting us know about Harry. Even my two little ones are praying for Harry and Gigi.

GoodyGang said...

Thank you your post had a lot of good info. I must agree your girls are very, very, cute!

Lisa said...

As the saying goes, you learn something new everyday. Thanks for the info. Just know my continued prayers are with you and your family.