I have been enduring 16 months now of this MRSA infection and stage 4 pressure sore on my right ischium. In the past three months, the infection has been localized in the wound and I have not been anywhere near as sick as I was all of '07. The wound, however, has only marginally progressed, showing some signs of granulation and shrinkage but nothing to really get excited about. I'm spending about all my day in bed or standing, I've been on and off the wound vac since January, lately off when the bandage begins to stink.
I seem to be getting re-infected in the wound now almost monthly. The local docs keep putting me on this or that oral antibiotic combo, but to no long-term effect. I'm getting progressively weaker due to the constant stream of antibiotics, and am now looking again for any help beyond yet another round of these drugs. Once again, I'm doing 3 tbs of turmeric daily, and I'm headed over to the natural food store for some Allicin, the garlic extract.
I've done some research on hyperbaric oxygen treatment for wounds like mine and am going to see a doctor today to begin the process. I'm told I'll need 5 day a week treatment for several weeks.
Man, I'm tired of this cycle, it's wearing me out and I'm certain I can't keep taking one after the next antibiotic, yet I'm not progressing.
SCI Nurse, can you give me any insight into hyperbaric treatment for wounds? Am I headed in a sound direction? Any thoughts on this 16 month antibiotic cycle? Any alternatives? How long can I reasonably go taking orals antibiotics, or should I consider Vancomycin again?
I ain't doin' too well, and any help at this point would be greatly appreciated.