@SZapper - You're lucky your staph infection was easy to clear up. A friend of mine had MRSA and it took months of treatment for her infection to go away.
She was on some pretty serious antibiotics and pain relievers though, and she ended up even having to take some time off of work. She even had to visit the doctor periodically to drain some of the boils she developed. I believe that gave her injected pain relievers for those visits.