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Super Bugs, MRSA, NARS, C-Diff< VRE

On my next appointment (although the Rheumo does know my work) I am going to bring this up with her again. I Wonder if any of you have any experience with this. I work as a stretcher crew, transferring patients who can not walk and move very much. We only transport stable patients, non emergency. We transport from hospital to either home, long term care, hospital to hospital, or to hospice. I have been vaccinated to the hilt, according to the health authorities requirements. But we do transport daily patients who have the above mentioned "super bugs", and I am EXTREMELY careful with contact, gloving, mask, and gowned. I wash my hands so often I need to carry a supply of moisturizer. But I must say I do have worries with having PMR and the work I do. Any one else have experiences with something similar? Thank you Paulina

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'Fraid not - and I doubt there are any/many in such close contact with such nasties. A large proportion of us are retired - or in jobs that aren't so physical. A few were nurses but were unable to continue working.

It really is something to discuss with an infectious diseases expert I think. Personally I've not found my immunity compromised - but I'm not playing with MRSA and co.

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Well, I’ve spent 30 years in nursing, some of it in Infectious Diseases, with my Neutrophil count dropping to moderately low levels every three weeks due to another condition. I practised careful hand washing or mask if appropriate. Never caught anything from anyone else, only from my own flora if I ever did get an infection. The Pred has actually boosted my Neutrophil numbers, though made them less effective. My family got flu this year but I didn’t and have not had the vaccine. My attitude is that being near humans in general is a risk and I could well have been as much of a MRSA, meningitis etc carrier as anyone else. Perhaps I just got lucky.

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Thank you ... been away for a bit, sorry for the late reply ;o)

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My rheumy warned me NOT to be around anyone that I knew was sick and to stay away from hospitals etc.... That was after I was diagnosed with GCA (already had PMR and RA) which I did...I am now down to 2 mg Pred and am probably ok to be anywhere but I am still very careful as I know my immune system was seriously compromised. Good luck to you.

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Thank you ... yes being vigilant on hand washing and extra careful

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