A few days ago I noticed that 2 of my 3 toddlers had sores on their noses. My first thought was that we had been on vacation and in the moist ocean air and upon returning to the desert they just got really dry. But as it wasn’t looking any better and actually started to move from one nostril to another…literally overnight…I knew it was time for a trip to the doctor.
After the doctor said MRSA…I don’t remember much after that. I remember sitting there thinking how the hell did this happen? I am always telling my kids to wash their hands. When I take my girls into a public restroom I won’t let them touch ANYTHING! And we still all scrub our hands when we are done and I open the door with a towel before chucking it in the trash.
I clean my house regularly and wipe all the doorknobs and light fixtures with a bleached rag. My kids take baths and showers and practice as good of hygiene as kids at their age can. Mind you…I have never been one of those mothers that is spraying every place she goes with an antibacterial spray or carrying bottles of hand sanitizer on her belt loops….but now I am.
After coming out of the fog of the doctor saying those dreadful words I scooped up my kids, dropped them off at home with daddy, and off to Wal-Mart I went where I spent $80 on anything and everything from Lysol to 10 bottles of hand sanitizer. I also picked up 2 tubes of prescribed antibiotic ointment and some children’s probiotics which were recommended by the doctor.
The doctor informed me that I needed to cut their fingernails pretty much to the quick and to apply the ointment up their noses and onto the tips of their fingers…3 to 4 times a day. And to keep them from coming in contact with each other since my 4 year old doesn’t have any signs of it. Do you know how hard it is to keep 3 toddlers from touching their faces and each other?!?!? She wouldn’t know cause her kids were 10 years apart!
Now of course I did as every mother does and started looking up everything about MRSA on the internet. To the point where I just had to stop because the more I read the more it all started to scare the shit out of me. The only thing that was helpful in reading is that they could have gotten it ANYWHERE! And all they had to do was touch the infected area and then touch their face. Not that it’s good news but it made me feel a little relieved in knowing that it wasn’t my fault.
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