MRSA is a kind of Staph bacteria that can be carried by dogs, cats, horses and humans (probably other species as well). Generally it's benign, unless the individual carrying it has an immune deficiency of some sort. As far as I've read, I think only humans are commonly negatively affected by it. Nothing was said about animals suffering from the infection, but you know how society seems to care much more about human wellness than animals at times...
Anyway, I have APS which is a form of lupus, so I'm on immune suppressors to keep my arthritis and other symptoms at a minimum. Two days ago (Sunday) I noticed I had some pretty icky looking lesions on my calves and ankles. Fortunately my monthly checkup with my rheumatologist was the next day. Unfortunately, they think it's a MRSA infection.
They won't have the cultures back for another day or two so they can start me on the right medications to heal me.
Worst part is, Sock was supposed to move into Arriba Vista tomorrow morning, but I have to stay close to my doctor in Fresno at least until they have the cultures back.
I've already bought the horse and we've transferred registration papers. His former owners are gracious enough to keep him out at pasture until I can get back to the bay area to move him in and I've let the barn know my situation. I know it's not my fault, but I feel terrible about causing everyone so much trouble, especially the barn manager because the three prospects before this gelding didn't end up closing for one reason or another and I hate going back and forth like this.
I'm sad, angry and frustrated that this is all happening right now. It seems like every time my health starts improving something like this happens. Probably the worst part is that while I'm somewhat contagious, I feel pretty much fine. At least with the arthritis it's easier to understand why I can't do everything I might've wanted to on the days when it flares up. But hell, at least I'd still be able to move my boy in and see him! I can't stand this crap.
But aside from venting, I also had a question. Have any of you heard of or experienced an occasion where a horse had a MRSA infection? I want to make absolute sure that I'm not putting Sock or anyone else in danger by being around the barn while I'm contagious. Once I'm healed good hygiene should keep things normal, but first and foremost I don't want to hurt anyone else. From what I've been told, if I wash my hands often and keep my lesions bandaged until they heal I shouldn't infect anyone, but I want to make absolutely sure that if by some chance it could, I stay far away from all of the horses. Especially those with the bug that's going around.
Sorry for being so long-winded! I appreciate anyone who took the time to read all of this nonsense, especially if they share their opinions as well.