Combating antimicrobial resistance (AMR)
A simple surgery turned into a fight to save my hand. I had a simple surgery on the tendon in my right thumb. About four weeks after surgery, the incision reopened and began to drain fluid. The incision area was very painful. I ended up needing a second surgery because the hole opened all the way to the tendon. The pathology from surgery came back with a MRSA infection in my joint and bone. I was at risk for amputation due to the drug-resistant infection. I had to get a PICC line placed and received six weeks of IV antibiotics. This infection will leave me with lifelong problems. My hope is to raise awareness so someone else may not have to go through what I did. Because all of us need to be resistance fighters.