Help & Support
Help & Support

First of all, stop the blame game.  Nobody can tell you with 100% accuracy from
where or whom you contracted this microscopic organism from... work, school,
family, friend, stranger, store, hospital, your children, a light switch in your own
home?  If you find yourself trying to figure out how or why you got MRSA, then your
energy is being wasted.  There is no turning back.  Charge forward and take
control of your health before this gets worse or before other problems arise.  

Second,
find an Infectious Disease Doctor (IDD) immediately.  Call your local
hospitals and see who visits patients in the hospital.  If those IDD's don't have a
private practice, then ask them who they would recommend.  You can also call
your local University and, if they have an Infectious Disease Department, ask them
who they recommend.  We didn't have a Pediatric IDD in our city but we went to
one at our local University.  Your family physician or pediatrician is not an expert in
MRSA.  Consider your physician an advisor and remember that YOU make the
decisions for yourself and your family.

Third,
read each page in this website.

Fourth,
ask questions.

Fifth,
pray or reflect.  Close your eyes and ask God for strength and help.  Some
people describe their MRSA experience as a war raging inside their body... good
against evil.  Some describe the experience as feeling like their body is full of
toxins.  If you don't believe in God (or feel bad asking for help after living a
not-so-divine lifestyle), at least take a few quiet moments every other day to think
about how you could live your life better.  Try not to dwell on the things you did
wrong in life.  Instead, focus on change and growth.  When you feel yourself being
negative against others or yourself, try to redirect your thoughts to the things you
are grateful for.  Be thankful you are alive...
life is a precious gift.  This disease
may give you an opportunity to grow and flourish in ways that you never knew
before.  

Finally,
get support.  MRSA can make you feel like a leper and there is always a
chance that even your closest friends or family will treat you like one.  Try to
remember the fear you felt when you first learned you had MRSA and you will
empathize with what they are going through.  Be patient and offer them education
but don't be judgemental.  In time, maybe they will come around.  If not, say a
prayer for them and don't give it another thought.  Focus on your own health and
recovery.  It is not your fault that you contracted this disease.  Websites that
preach cleanliness may make you feel that you have fallen short in that area.  The
truth is that the greatest risk of getting MRSA lies in other areas like your DNA, the
health of your digestive tract, your immune function, if you've taken antibiotics and
your general health.  Don't beat yourself up or focus on the things you cannot
change.  Be hopeful and realistic.  No matter what method of treatment you
choose, you should be mentally and emotionally ready to deal with recurrences.  
MRSA is certainly not a death sentence nor is any other disease for that matter.  
Consider this health dilemma a red flag that you need to make some changes in
your life.  There are other support groups and blogs listed in our "Links" page
including our own support blog.  You can also email us directly from our "Contact
Us" page.  Sharing your story will help us all recover and learn.
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