The “big” move & dad


Moving to the new place. About 70% in the U-haul.  I did most of it….just went into my “Army Robot Mode” and having family coming down to help get it all in tomorrow….THANK GOD! Tired of this “in-between” worlds.  I just want to be settled.  Happy and settled.  🙂 🙂 🙂

Dad is still in the hospital. He contracted some rare infection (one that gravely ill and those housed in the intensive care unit get)..imagine…you go to the hospital to get better and you end up with some kind of deadly infection.  Dad cannot cut a break!  😦

DAD has this infection:  😥

Acinetobacter

What is Acinetobacter?

Acinetobacter (ass in ée toe back ter) is a group of bacteria commonly found in soil and water. It can also be found on the skin of healthy people, especially healthcare personnel. While there are many types or “species” of Acinetobacter and all can cause human disease, Acinetobacter baumannii accounts for about 80% of reported infections.

Outbreaks of Acinetobacter infections typically occur in intensive care units and healthcare settings housing very ill patients. Acinetobacter infections rarely occur outside of healthcare settings.

What are the symptoms of Acinetobacter infection?

Acinetobacter causes a variety of diseases, ranging from pneumonia to serious blood or wound infections and the symptoms vary depending on the disease. Typical symptoms of pneumonia could include fever, chills, or cough. Acinetobacter may also “colonize” or live in a patient without causing infection or symptoms, especially in tracheostomy sites or open wounds.

How do people get Acinetobacter infection?

Acinetobacter poses very little risk to healthy people. However, people who have weakened immune systems, chronic lung disease, or diabetes may be more susceptible to infections with Acinetobacter.Hospitalized patients, especially very ill patients on a ventilator, those with a prolonged hospital stay, or those who have open wounds, are also at greater risk for Acinetobacter infection. Acinetobactercan be spread to susceptible persons by person-to-person contact, contact with contaminated surfaces, or exposure in the environment.

How is Acinetobacter infection treated?

Acinetobacter is often resistant to many commonly prescribed antibiotics. Decisions on treatment of infections with Acinetobacter should be made on a case-by-case basis by a healthcare provider. Acinetobacter infection typically occurs in very ill patients and can either cause or contribute to death in these patients.

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Honestly, I wonder what kind of harm are we doing to ourselves when we uber-sanitize our world?

I think we have to have a balance.

I am huge on that.

The last time I swallowed an antibiotic pill was four years ago…maybe more….when I was in the hospital for pancreatitis.  (I was a very sick gal and lived at Saint Joseph’s in Kirkwood, Missouri.)

Since then I haven’t touched a pill and haven’t had a cold.  I don’t go crazy with the hand gels…I do wash my hands frequently but with regular soap.  I think hospitals are literally shooting themselves in the foot by using disinfectants which allow viruses like what dad has to spread at a crazy rate.

Just crazy.

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One thought on “The “big” move & dad

  1. The overuse of antibiotics leads to the drug resistance of these bugs, but the reason your father has it in the first place is because of a lack of cleanliness in the hospital.
    If the operating rooms, ICU’s, etc. were not contaminated the patients could not become infected.
    While weakened bodies are easier for Ab to run rampant in, perfectly healthy people have been taken down by it.
    Be careful

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