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A Degree In Public Health Education From Utah State University04.23.12

I am planning to attend Utah State University this fall to pursue a degree in Public Health Education. I’m so glad that this program is available so close to my home at such a great school. Getting a degree in this field will give me additional knowledge and credibility to continue and expand my work in the Public Health field. So far, I have written a book, an ebook, and developed a website and blog. My mission is to provide public education about avoiding the spread of infectious diseases and how to stay healthy by avoiding germs.

Public Health has become an important part of my life due to an experience fighting MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). My husband brought this scary germ home from a visit to his Mother’s house. My Mother-in-law’s careless attitude about it has given me the desire to educate people about why it’s important to care. We were given absolutely no warning that there was a dangerous germ lurking in that house. My Mother-in-law said “It’s nothing. It’s just a sore. It will go away.”

I have become a “people watcher” since my experience with MRSA. I like to observe general hygiene practices and often blog about them. Some observations are good but most are not. I have seen people out shopping when they are obviously sick and should be home in bed. I have observed people coughing on their hands and then picking up grocery items. Public bathrooms are another big problem area. I have seen a woman set her purse in a public bathroom sink and then proceed to put on make-up. I have seen food items purchased in a convenience store and then taken into a very dirty bathroom and placed on the floor! I have seen kids crawling around on the floor. I have also seen purses, shopping bags and other items placed on public bathroom floors. Most people’s hand washing practices aren’t much better. Some don’t bother to wash their hands at all, some don’t get any soap, and some only wash their hands for a few seconds before rinsing them. It takes about a minute, or long enough to sing the alphabet song in your head, to get the germs off your hands. Then, turning the water off and opening the door puts the germs right back on.

With my degree in Public Health Education from Utah State, I will continue the work on my website, write additional books and update my current books. I may also look into a career at the Center for Disease Control or my local Public Health office. I would enjoy being involved in developing public health programs, writing brochures, teaching classes and informing the public about potential health risks. The bottom line is this: If everyone would be more careful, there would be much less risk of getting sick. Let’s all do our part to stop the spread of infectious diseases!

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10 MRSA Treatment Ideas That Worked08.22.11

Several years ago, in a battle with MRSA, my family needed effective MRSA treatment options. It was such a nightmare I couldn’t imagine having to deal with this long term. I wanted the MRSA nightmare to be over. I’m happy to say that our MRSA treatment choices worked!

Here are ten MRSA treatment options we found effective:

1. SEE A DOCTOR: MRSA is commonly mistaken for a spider bite. If you have an abscess that starts out similar to a pimple, but grows really fast, see a doctor as soon as possible. Make sure they take a sample and have it analyzed to be sure you get antibiotics that the MRSA is sensitive to. Antibiotic MRSA treatment is completely ineffective if you don’t get the right antibiotics!

2. DON’T TOUCH YOUR NOSE: MRSA likes to colonize in your nose. You don’t want to put it there if it’s not there already. Also, you don’t want to spread it if it is in there. There are creams available by prescription to treat the inside of your nose. Be sure to ask your doctor about this.

3. WEAR GLOVES: MRSA is contagious!! Be sure to wear rubber gloves while changing bandages. It is also a good idea to wear gloves when cleaning and doing laundry. You can’t be too careful.

4. WATERPROOF BANDAGES: Cover the wound with some type of waterproof bandage that will seal it all the way around. Tegaderm bandages work well. This will prevent leakage from the wound that will contaminate clothes, furniture, or anything it may come in contact with. This also helps prevent spreading of the germs while in the shower.

5. SANITIZE EVERYTHING!!: Since you are battling an invisible enemy, the best MRSA treatment is to just sanitize everything. A solution of one part bleach to 10 parts water works well. Scrub all cabinets inside and out, countertops, walls, floors, tables, chairs, and any other surfaces that could have been contaminated. Mr. Clean has a spray cleaner that kills MRSA. Lysol aerosol spray also kills it. Be sure to read the labels so you get the right one. Lysol should be used to spray all upholstered furniture, mattresses, pillows, carpet, etc. Don’t forget the car. Spray all upholstery and carpets in all vehicles. Be very thorough. It is a lot of work to do but it’s worth it. Any areas used by the infected person should be sanitized daily. Showers and toilets used by the infected person should be sanitized after each use to prevent spreading it to other people.

6. LAUNDRY: As part of the cleaning process, all of the sheets and blankets in the house should be washed. Towels, especially those used by the infected person should be washed after each use in bleach. If you don’t have white towels, get some inexpensive ones. The bleach will wear them out quickly anyway. Add a little tea tree oil to the water in your wash loads that can’t be bleached. Tea tree oil is a natural antibacterial agent that is available at health food stores and it doesn’t ruin your clothes.

7. HEAT PACKS VS. SITZ BATHS: The doctors recommended sitz baths as part of the MRSA treatment because heat draws more blood to the surface of the skin and aids the healing process. The thought of sitting in a tub of water with the entire lower half of your body submerged with this germ is not appealing at all. Also, the bathtub has to be sanitized as well and there are more towels to wash. We opted to use heat packs instead. We bought some cheap tube socks and white rice (not instant). Just pour some rice into a sock and tie a knot at the top. Put it in the microwave for 1 — 2 minutes. Be careful not to get it too hot. You do not want to burn the skin and cause further injury. Put the heated rice pack into a zipper seal plastic bag and place over the bandaged wound for about 5 to 10 minutes. When finished, throw the plastic bag away. When the wound is healed you can also throw the rice filled sock away.

8. OVER THE COUNTER MRSA TREATMENTS THAT WE FOUND EFFECTIVE: Mattherma is an ointment that is effective in healing MRSA skin infections. It contains tea tree oil as well as many other herbs and oils that are effective in healing the skin and contain natural antibacterial properties. We placed Mattherma directly on the infected area underneath the bandage. Skinsure Ultra is a skin cream that kills MRSA and protects against it for up to three hours. I had to order Skinsure Ultra from England. It is not available in the US. It worked well for us and the cost with shipping for two of the large bottles came to between $20 and $30 (these prices are from 2006 and may vary). I have also seen it on Ebay.

9. GET RID OF ALL BAR SOAPS!!: Bar soaps can harbor bacteria. Throw all bar soaps away and switch to liquid soap. We also used Hibiclens, which is a surgical scrub available over the counter, behind the counter, at your local pharmacy.

10. DON’T BE AFRAID TO THROW THINGS AWAY: It’s easier to replace things than it is to fight more infections. Any questionable items such as razors, ointments, lotions, face wash, etc. that were used by the infected person prior to the diagnosis, were simply thrown away. We didn’t know if the germ had been transmitted into these items with the infected person’s hand. An article of clothing that was contaminated with fluids from the infection at the doctor’s office was thrown away instead of being mixed in with the other laundry. Trash should be double bagged and tied at the top to prevent exposure to others.

These may seem like extreme measures for MRSA treatment but it is well worth the effort. We have been MRSA free since 2006.

This is an example of what  a MRSA infection looks like.

For the complete story of my family’s battle with MRSA, buy this downloadable book today. It tells everything we went through and everything we did to win the war against MRSA.

The Fear, The Fight & The Cure, My Battle With MRSA

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My Battle With MRSA06.25.11

My new Ebook “The Fear, The Fight & The Cure, My Battle With MRSA” is now live on Amazon Kindle! This is a true story of my family’s experience battling this scary germ. A fight we ultimately won!This is the reason behind my becoming a germophobe. Click here to order your copy today!

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It Really Bothers Me When People Are Careless About Spreading Germs08.25.10

Right now, there are three people where my husband works that have MRSA infections. This really bothers me. It started out with one person who has had multiple infections. I sent a copy of my article “Ten Things I Did To Beat MRSA” with my husband to give him in the hopes that he would take it seriously and be cautious. I was wrong. This guy doesn’t seem to care who he infects. He has now infected two other people because of his careless attitude. I know my husband is being extra cautious at work, but it still worries me that he is stuck in that environment. I wish he could just quit right now. That entire place needs to be sanitized, but the problem is, this one careless person will just re-contaminate everything.

The purpose of my website, book, and this blog is to help people become more aware about avoiding the spread of germs. I know a lot of this information seems obvious and should be common sense, but from what I see, it’s not. When the swine flu was a big problem, there were sick people out there running errands, going to work, or going to school with no thought of others. I know someone who works at a dry cleaning store that asked one of her customers to please go home because she came to pick up her dry cleaning when she was very sick. When we are sick, we need to be cautious about where we go. It’s best to stay home until you get better because you are contagious! Everything you came in contact with during your illness should be sanitized. A lot of people died from swine flu. Simple precautions could have prevented it from becoming such a pandemic.

As far as my husband’s job goes, it is my opinion that the guy spreading MRSA around should be suspended until he is cleared by a doctor. MRSA is a serious infection that is very hard to get rid of. Anyone who does not take it seriously is someone I prefer not to be around.

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Coming Soon: “How I Beat MRSA” E-book07.27.10

I am finishing up an ebook titled “The Fear, The Fight & The Cure, My Battle With MRSA” which will soon be available for purchase. In this ebook, I tell my story about my family’s ordeal fighting this bacteria. This includes everything we did and everything we used to ultimately find a cure. I would love to add your stories as well! Please leave a comment telling your story.

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MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus)07.14.10

I want to hear your stories! Please leave a comment and tell me about your experience with MRSA, what you went through, how you treated it, etc.


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Lesser-Known Bug A Bigger Hospital Threat Than MRSA04.01.10

AP Medical Writer
ATLANTA (AP) – As one superbug seems to be fading as a threat in hospitals, another is on the rise, a new study suggests.

A dangerous, drug-resistant staph infection called MRSA is often seen as the biggest germ threat to patients in hospitals and other health care facilities. But infections from Clostridium difficile _ known as C-diff _ are surpassing MRSA infections, the study of 28 hospitals in the Southeast found.

“I think MRSA is almost a household name. Everybody thinks of MRSA as a serious threat,” said Dr. Becky Miller, an infectious diseases specialist at Duke University Medical Center. She presented the research Saturday in Atlanta, at a medical conference on infection in health care facilities. “But C. difficile deserves more attention,” she added.

MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, are bacteria that can’t be treated with common antibiotics. They are often harmless as they ride on the skin, but become deadly once they get in the bloodstream. They enter through wounds, intravenous lines and other paths.

C-diff, also resistant to some antibiotics, is found in the colon and can cause diarrhea and a more serious intestinal condition known as colitis. It is spread by spores in feces. The spores are difficult to kill with most conventional household cleaners or alcohol-based hand sanitizers, so some of the disinfection measures against MRSA don’t work on C-diff.

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MRSA at Beaches09.14.09

An associated press article from San Francisco, published in my local newspaper on Sunday Sept. 13, 2009 states “staph germs found on beaches.”
“Dangerous staph bacteria have been found in sand and water for the first time at five public beaches along the coast of Washington, and scientists think the state is not the only one with this problem.”
“The germ is MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus– a hard-to-treat bug once rarely seen outside of hospitals but that increasingly is spreading in ordinary community settings such as schools, locker rooms and gyms.”
“The germ causes nasty skin infections as well as pneumonia and other life-threatening problems. It spreads mostly through human contact. Little is known about environmental sources that also may harbor the germ.”
Marilyn Roberts, a microbiologist at the University of Washington is quoted as saying “We don’t know the risk… but the fact that we found these organisms suggests that the level is much higher than we thought.”
The article further says “People should not avoid beaches or be afraid to enjoy them, scientists say.” This is where I have to disagree! I have dealt with this germ with my own family and it absolutely terrifies me. MRSA is a very agressive germ. All it needs is the tiniest of scratches or pinpricks and it gets under your skin and causes a huge abscess! It is very hard to get rid of and the whole experience is a nightmare. Everything has to be sanitized constantly because you don’t know where it could be lurking.
My advice is: Avoid any place that is known to have MRSA!

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