My son had MRSA when he was six months old. He had no skin rashes and showed no signs of being sick. He had just completed his six month check-up where he received shots and I was informed was that he would soon start teething, and that otherwise he was fine.
When he developed a fever, I thought it was from the shots or possibly teething and was giving him tylenol. However, he never got better and we couldn't get rid of the fever. When we went to the ER, they gave him more meds for the fever, tested him for pneumonia and did some blood tests and said they would call me if anything showed up with a positive result. They called us the very next day to bring him back in because his blood work showed a growing culture.
They took blood at least three more times in the ER before sending us up to a room because they thought his blood tests in the ER were being contaminated since it was so busy in that area and his results kept coming up positive. Upstairs, the doctor decided to do a chest X-ray, which showed his lung had fluid completely around it and we had to immediately go to the closest children's hospital which was about 45 minutes away by ambulance.
He then had to get a tube in his chest to drain the fluid from around his lung and immediately started different antibiotics to fight against the MRSA. Of course, other things occurred while he was being treated, such as a blood clot and so forth. He was hospitalized for one month and a day before we were released, still on two different antibiotics that I had to administer to him through a picc line in his arm, a lovenox shot for his blood clot and I had to insert a tube through his nose to his stomach so he could feed overnight off a machine that would get his weight back up with a special calorie diet, since he lost weight while in the hospital.
He has come a long way. He is now three years old and a very strong little boy. However, that was a very scary moment for me and my family. We almost lost our loved one but he made it though. He is a fighter and I'm so blessed to have him. Thanks for reading my story. It still touches my heart very much.