Friday, July 18, 2008

Thank you for the comments!

Healthy changes have been happening in my life, but I have not had the opportunity to share or update on prior posts in a long time due to computer issues. But have no fear, there is tons to discuss!!

As I was going through my old posts, I came across this comment on my post from April of 2006 (found here:

Anonymous said..

I am currently recovering from a Cellulitis based Staph Infection on most of my face. I just spent 4 days in the hospital on IV antibiotics. My skin is still itchy but I feel a lot better minus the lack of energy.
I was wondering if you have had any signs of it returning since this happened to you?

December 01, 2007 3:10 PM

Here's my answer:

What I encountered after the round of Vanco was recurring fungal infections. When I was in the hospital the last day I started to get a fungal infection on my hands and feet. Apparently I had a mild case of athletes foot before my staph infection, which didn't go away completely. The vanco, of course, knocked my defenses out, so the altheltes foot just took a hold and caused much undue pain and suffering in my hands and feet. It caused my feet to swell up dramatically- I couldn't walk or put normal shoes on, it was that bad. And unfortunately, as we all use our hands to put the anti-fungal cream on our feet, I had some of the fungus stay on my hands. Obviously hand washing after applying the cream wasn't as effective as I thought.

The doctor prescribed me a powerful anti-fungal cream to dry it up, which thankfully worked. However, I came to find out that certain things would cause it to flare up. Processed sugar being one. That was the prompt for me to post about the dangers of processed sugar (

It took me over a year to completely recover from the effects of the staph and vanco. My energy level was what took the longest to recover. To this day I watch all my cuts and immediately wash them and put an anti-biotic ointment and cover them. Thankfully I have not had a recurrence of Staph, but I know that it's lurking out there. I pray that I never have to deal with it again!