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necrotizing fasciitis (nek ro tie zin fa she eye tiss)
by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado

Saturday, November 02, 2002

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necrotizing fasciitis. just what is this thing?
well, it's an infection, and death, it will surely bring.

a rare bacterial infection, it comes on swiftly, fast,
and it will be a miracle if one survives its blast.

bacteria enters a wound, no matter how small,
and once it enters, immediate action is the call.

massive antibiotics and surgery, its treatment plan;
this is necessary to kick the infection in the can.

the person is in grave danger of losing life and limb;
and their world turns upside down and mighty dim.

to survive such a deadly onslaught, miracle indeed;
but the warning signs of NF, you'd better take heed!

warning signs of necrotizing fasciitis:

* ever rising temperature until person becomes delirious, patient's condition rapidly deterioates
*person affected has extremely low blood pressure and is in a severe state of shock
*person can lapse into unconsciousness rapidly
*ever increasing pain which becomes excruciating, especially at the site of the wound and the tissues surrounding the wound, even if the wound appears insignificant
*redness and inflammation, skin later turns darker and area around wound develops painful, blood-filled blisters which can burst and cause a person to hemhorrage uncontrollably
*skin can turn grey or black (gangrene; this is a grave sign!).

necrotizing fasciitis is also known as "flesh-eating disease"; and it is NOTHING to be taken lightly!! **prompt action** is necessary if the person is to have ANY chance of surviving!! for its rapid devastation can spread as much as an INCH an HOUR!!

if you see ANY of the above signs in a person, GET THEM TO AN EMERGENCY ROOM..STAT!!!!!

contrary to what some people may think, i *DO NOT HAVE* necrotizing fasciitis!! :) i am FINE!! REALLY!!!!

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Reviewed by Theresa Koch 11/3/2002
Wow this is scary
I had never heard of it!
Great information........
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 11/3/2002
Truly a horrifying infection. Well written reminder that life is not a given...so make the most of your time here. I have had that point driven home to me on many occassion. ~E
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 11/3/2002
At first I thought of dead fascists, like Hitler, and then knew you were talking about flesh-eating bacteria--one in the same--got to keep them both from spreading.
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader) 11/3/2002
This is scarey Karen but it's good information to know, thank you.
Reviewed by SilverCeltic Moon 11/3/2002
I had to look all over me after reading this! But I am, and I am sure others are too, appreciative of the information and warning. Great writing, as always! ;) Silver
Reviewed by Melissa Rives 11/3/2002
Wow...powerful writing...thanks for the warning! Hope you are great! Hugs from me and the kids!!!
Reviewed by Dens Dreamweaver (Reader) 11/3/2002
Hi sweetie.. I have a friend who has survived two bouts of this... THat in itself is amazing. Its not something to mess with. Great information here...
Reviewed by Calendula Petal (Reader) 11/3/2002
crumbs, never heard of it, sounds gastly...shall take note thanks.
Reviewed by Joel Raja Kumar J 11/3/2002
Well, Karen dearie, As usual you are caring and very thoughtful.

Love from your friend - Joel -
Reviewed by na na (Reader) 11/3/2002
Karen thank you very much for this article.
It filled my mind with some very pertinent information. Thank you for thinking of us at AD and informing us of this. Bill
Reviewed by na na (Reader) 11/3/2002
Thanks for sharing this info, Karen...
Reviewed by Betty Rickard 11/2/2002
Karen,
{{{Karen}}}You are such a wonderful person so caring and sweet..Thank you, for this information..
Hugs,
Be blessed,
Betty
Reviewed by The Voice (Reader) 11/2/2002
Karen,
Thanks for sharing this with us. You are always so caring for others. You are a sweet lady.

Hugs,
The Voice
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 11/2/2002
Hi Karen:

This is very informative indeed. Is this the flesh-eating disease that you are talking about. If so, yes, this disease is deadly and the person has to be treated immediately. It normally goes into a person's bloodstream by a wound, it does not matter whether the wound is a small one or a large one. Once it gets into the wound, it will travel and eats the flesh. So it is imperative that we wash all wounds immediately with soap and water or treat it with antibiotics.

A well-done informative piece, Karen!!!!! Thanks so much for sharing this!!!!!

Sandie Angel :o) / May Lu $*_*$
Reviewed by Lisa Hilbers 11/2/2002
Karen, You done this well! Thanks for the info,,,I had heard of it,,,my brother in law's Mother died from this. Was an awful death. Thanks for the information,,Lisa
Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson 11/2/2002
Thanks for the info.....
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 11/2/2002
thank you, karen, for your potentially lifesaving information...you have a great big heart for others...(((HUGS))) and love, karla. :)
Reviewed by Cathy Montgomery (Reader) 11/2/2002
I have heard of it, but never knew much about it. Thanks, Karen, for the information. Very creative way to inform us!!
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