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Old 07-27-2007, 06:00 AM   #11
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So sorry mama, makes me especially feel bad because I'm a nurse and a nurse is probably where you got it from....Big hugs

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Old 07-27-2007, 11:35 AM   #12
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So sorry mama, makes me especially feel bad because I'm a nurse and a nurse is probably where you got it from....Big hugs
Indeed- it was likely from a nurse since they were the ones touching my breast, etc. But, I certainly don't hold anything against them. Actually I feel bad because I imagine many nurses, yourself included, are worried about MRSA as well. Thanks so much for your reply- means so much coming from a nurse.
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Old 07-27-2007, 11:48 AM   #13
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Your welcome....Indeed I am worried about it, worried that I'll get sick from it and worried that I'll bring it home to my LO. It's so scary...
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Old 07-27-2007, 02:45 PM   #14
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I am sorry My babe came home from the hospital, and a week later had a MRSA skin infection. We got the call after I had taked him in thinking it was yeast. Bloodwork rushed, yuck, it was an awful experience. Luckily it wasn't systemic, and they were able to get rid of it quickly. Whole family was tested, only I was a carrier, and isn't it funny I had just had a C-section, but they said I probably had been carrying it for longer. I would bet I picked it up at my hospital stay. Sorry for your bad experience.
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Old 07-27-2007, 06:56 PM   #16
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Re: MRSA infection in breast. My story. Thanks for reading.

Oh sorry Momma! I just dealt with a MRSA patient a few weeks ago. He was in isolation. Unfortunatly it's a "hospital illness". It's a risk we take when staying in the hospital. Scary! How scarey for you! I can't imagine. I'm obsessed with breast feeding, it would be aweful to go through that. I have never experienced this, only thrush. I just wanted to let you know I know what MRSA is and know how scarey that must be for you.
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Old 07-27-2007, 07:07 PM   #17
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Ah, you poor thing! I can't even imagine how that must have been. I've had mastitis and thought that was really awful, just doesn't compare. The weeks you did have with your DD breastfeeding got her off to the best start possible in spite of how things worked out. After a less than ideal birth experience, I know how disappointing it can be though and hard to let go.
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Old 07-27-2007, 07:21 PM   #18
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Oh, mama! I'm so sorry to hear this!

I had the same thing going on when my babe was about 5mos old. I had been sick for about 5 weeks, thinking I had recurrent thrush/mastitis. My midwife put me on an abx for 10 days. I wasn't getting any better, and my nipple had actually started to move out toward my armpit. She took one look at it at the end of the abx round and sent me to the ER. I didn't wait in triage for 10 min. before I was taken for an ultrasound. The radiologist told me that I did have an abcess about the size of a quarter. The surgeon I'd later have do the surgery was in his overcoat (this was in Jan.), walking by my room on his way out the door. He saw me, did the exam, and told me that I wasn't able to leave the hospital, that I'd have to go in for the surgery within the hour. This was 7pm and I had very little milk pumped for my nursling. I told him that I had to leave to feed my baby and promised to return in the morning. He was very reluctant to let me go. He was off the next day, but came in for the surgery, which didn't take long, I guess. He ended up draining and flushing two golfball sized abcesses in my tiny right breast (I'm usually a 32B)! He told me that I'd have been in big trouble if I'd waited another couple days before going in to the ER. I was put on an abx after the surgery and left with two drainage tubes. Gross stuff! At the 7 day mark, the pathology report came back - I had strep pneumonia in the abcess, which was resistant to the abx I'd been taking for so long! He put me on Keflex, twice a day for 10 days, which wrecked my gut, but finally, I was able to walk! I weaned Seamus from my right breast and he's been nursing since on the left. My right breast has just recently softened up, but I do feel some hard tissue underneath. Completely normal, so I'm told.

All the time I was sick, I was so terribly afraid that I had inflammatory breast cancer. I burst into tears when the radiologist came to tell me that I had an abcess - the poor guy didn't know what to do! I was crying for joy!

I'm so sorry for the loss in your nursing relationship. There is a mama on here who lives near me and she gifted me with several...I mean, several bags of her frozen breastmilk while I worked to increase my supply on the left side. It worked, and Seamus enjoys nursing while I run around lopsided. I couldn't nurse on the right side, either, but I was too afraid that I'd get sick again...that was my fourth bout of mastitis that did me in. Pumping on that side was excrutiating, as well. I have the same incision - I do know just how you feel.

When did you have your surgery? Did the surgeon suggest you wean completely? or are you able to nurse from the other side?
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Old 07-27-2007, 07:39 PM   #20
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To mamabear. You are an example of what I wish I had been told to do. Nurse on one side. It plagues me to this day that I didn't. You see- my surgery was in July 06 btw- my surgeon said I should stop nursing all together for fear of getting MRSA again. MRSA can be deadly so it was worrisome to say the least. My OB came by to visit me in the hospital post surgery and said " sure you can still nurse" but didn't give any advice or guidance. The hospital's LC gave m tons of helpful literature and stuff, but was just too nice to say- NURSE ON ONE SIDE! I think she didn't want to make me feel guilty if I didn't, but I had so much more guilt as it was. Anyway, my deepest regret is that I did not nurse on one side. But at the time myself and my husband especially were so concerned about having more problems with breastfeeding. It had dominated our first month with our child so....... Mind you I was so plagued with guilt that I did relactate, but my sweet babe just couln't make the transition back. Oh, i love her so. How wonderful that you did continue on one side. If something like this ever happened to me again with our next baby- God forbid- you can bet I would nurse on one side, exclusively pump- whatever it took!
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