The Real Iron Man Who Is Fighting with the MRSA

Sharing from Joe Nicholson:

” Hi, I’m a 57 yr old male who welded steel for 40 yrs. In 2013 I started treatment for COPD. In March of 2018 I developed MRSA pneumonia. I spent 16 days in the hospital then discharged and continued oral antibiotics for additional 5 weeks. Infection has cleared but not before it wrecked my lungs and have developed other pulmonary issues. My activity level went from highly active to mildly active on good days. Stress anxiety, weight loss and depression have been hard for me to control on my own. The treatment I’m currently on does very little and no one is listening. I know this isn’t a comment but I’m trying to stay out of the hospital. Feels like I’ve been setup for failure by pulmonary Dr. Thanks for the chance to share.”

“A man can be destroyed but not defeated .” — The Old Man and the Sea.  Adversity occurs in everyone’s life, Joe, you and me. As long as we hold on the belief of love and hope,  life cannot be that tough.

This iron man who is suffering from pains of lung issues still shared his experience with us, helping more people. We hope Joe will get his discharge date as soon as possible with the doctor’s help and all the blessings from us.

Here are the valuable tips we can learn based on Joe’s sharing.


What is MRSA?

MRSA, short for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is a kind of bacteria which shows resistance to lots of antibiotics. It is one of the strains of a bacterium called Staphylococcus aureus, also staph for short.

If infected with MRSA, you are at high risk of developing the following diseases, include:

  • pneumonia
  • skin infections
  • sepsis
  • other bloodstream infections.

In Joe’s case, he has been diagnosed with the MRSA pneumonia. Typical symptoms are swollen, painful red bumps, which may look like pimples or spider bites. When checking the affected area, you may feel it is : warm to the touch; full of pus or other drainage; accompanied by a fever.

Basically, there are two types of the MRSA infections.

  • health care-associated MRSA
    (Mostly.  It includes hospital, nursing homes and dialysis centers. )
    It the invasive procedure or devices should be responsible for the infection here, such as surgeries, intravenous tubing or artificial joints.
  • community-associated MRSA

Both of the infections respond to certain antibiotics. Sometimes, your doctors will only use surgical drain without drugs.

As long as you are starting your self-diagnosis of it, call for your doctor’s help as soon as possible before it turns into abscess which are deep and painful. It would be late if the bacteria go into your body, possibly making life-threatening infections in bones, joints, surgical wounds, the bloodstream, heart valves and lungs.

MRSA infection spreads via skin-to-skin contacting. You better stay alert if you are child care workers, high school wrestlers or people who live in crowded conditions. In a nutshell, to prevent the MRSA, you need to stay far away from the “Five Cs”:

  • Crowding
  • Contact between skin
  • Compromised skin (cuts or scrapes)
  • Contaminated items
  • Cleanliness lacking

Prevention in children also deserves your attention. Here’s what you can do:

1. Teach them to wash hands frequently with soap for at least 15 seconds, especially after playing with pets or other children.
2. Get the alcohol-based hand sanitizers or wipes handy for your kids when washing isn’t possible.
3. Ask them not to share towels, uniforms, or other items that contact bare skin.
4. If your kids suffer from dry skin, eczema, or a skin condition, keep using the prescribed creams and moisturizers in case of the flare-up.
5. Keep cuts or broken skin clean and relatively dried until healed.
6. Watch out for the sunburn and bug bites.


Can welded steel cause the CODP?

According to study, many dust or fume can cause the COPD, include:

  • Mineral dust
  • Organic dusts
  • Silica dust
  • Welding fumes
  • Cadmium dust
  • Cadmium fumes
  • Grain and flour dust

In particular, welding fume is much more likely to cause the fever and pneumonia, except for the COPD. Long-term exposure to welding emissions may accelerate the age-related decline of lung function.


We are sincerely grateful for Joe Nicholson ‘s sharing! We hope all the questions you raised and stories you shared could make a difference to those who are suffering from it. All your kind sharing or questioning is welcomed. Once again, HTQ is always available as long as you need us.

* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.