Surviving the Flesh-Eating Bacteria: Understanding, Preventing, Treating, and Living with the Aftermath of Necrotizing Fasciitis: The second edition of the most authoritative and inspiring book about NF is now available and you can order it right here..
Please pray for this wife and mother:
Cindy Martinez, a former Marine and a mother of two, contracted a case of flesh-eating bacteria called necrotizing fasciitis. Doctors say there’s a possibility they may have to amputate her arms or legs.
I thought this was a short, informative article to kick off the summer with. And, please notice that I’m leading off with this pull quote:
These infections are extremely rare,” said Amy Kirby, an assistant research professor at Emory University’s Center for Global Safe Water. There were only 88 cases of necrotizing fasciitis recorded in the U.S in 2013.
Whatever you do, please don’t give in to fear. It’s important to remember that, although the bacteria is common, necrotizing fasciitis and other diseases resulting from exposure to these bacteria are rare and, to some degree, preventable. If you will be swimming this summer, as I will be, remember to bathe afterwards, clean and disinfect any wounds you may have. Enjoy the outdoors!
Read the entire interview and/or watch the video at: Expert: Flesh-Eating Bacteria A Rare Danger In Ga. Waters | WABE 90.1 FM
For preventative measures against necrotizing fasciitis and other useful information, go here: Necrotizing Fasciitis: A Rare Disease, Especially for the Healthy
The humble necrotizing fasciitis comes in fourth, but is determined to move to the top! Interesting article.
4. Flesh-eating bacteria. Necrotizing fasciitis, a life-threatening illness caused by the strep bacteria, can enter your body through a minor opening in the skin and destroy your soft tissue. There are about 650 to 800 cases per year, and about 25 percent of patients die.
Read more at 10 Things More Likely to Kill You Than Ebola.
When I saw this woman in her Jobst garments and mask, it brought back a flood of memories. Many victims of necrotizing fasciitis are treated in burn units or go through some kind of plastic surgery and reconstruction. For skin grafts, Jobst pressure garments act as a second skin, flattening the scars, aiding the vascular system, and helping the sub derma to recover.
I wore them from the tips of the toes on my left leg, like a bicycle short on my right leg and all the way up to my chest in a “tank top” style suit. I had some serious keloid scarring at the donor sites on my rib cage. The pressure garments were incredibly uncomfortable and ITCHY! When I returned to work after eight months, I decided to abandon the garments on the trunk of my body, but wore the leg pressure suit for a full year. They were restrictive, hot, and uncomfortable — I was already struggling to regain strength and health, while working again. Even though I quit wearing my body suit early, I had good results and never had to return for releases or other reconstructive surgery. Every night at bedtime, Denise massaged the scarring on my chest and that seemed to help a lot.
I saw burn patients with the masks and felt incredible sympathy for them. We met one woman, whose husband was blown up in a gas explosion — he’d had 89 surgeries and wore a suit from head to toe. There was one small patch of unburned skin on his head and they kept going back to it over and over, in order to harvest skin for his entire body! The woman featured in this article, Dana Vulin, is a true survivor and when the mask came off, she said: “I hope they see the scars. This is part of me now.” Amen! This is our theme song: Beautiful Pain by Propaganda
Read her incredible story here: A Maniac Set Her On Fire. 2 Years Later, She Removes Her Mask And Shows Her New Face – LittleThings.com.
This emotional story is playing out in the intensive care unit on the first floor of the hospital. The infection is so aggressive that it can take amputation to stop its spread. And a once-vibrant mother doesnt know yet whats happening to her.
Dr. John Crew has an amazing record. I wish this therapy was around in ’98.
The new treatment for NF was pioneered by Dr. John Crew, director of the Advanced Wound Care Center at Seton Medical Center in Daly City, CA. Dr. Crew has now overseen the use of NeutroPhase in the care of more than two dozen NF patients, such as Lori Madsen, Jared Hamilton and Michael Meillon. None of the patients he treated has died. None has lost a limb or any body part.
via Christmas Gift to People Worldwide Suffering From “Flesh Eating” Disease: NovaBay Pharmaceuticals and the National Necrotizing Fasciitis Foundation Will Offer New Life- and Limb-Saving Treatment At No Charge to Patients Worldwide – Yahoo Finance.