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2013-03-16 07:47:04 PM

Witchydiva: PayPal balance:   $2,130.00 USD

I did not expect this on a Saturday, much less the day before St. Patty's Day.

IMHO, 12.fl.oz. nailed it in Arelas' memorial thread:

"I never could really put my finger on why I kept coming back to fark. The name calling, trolls, and some of the narrow thinking that I am as guilty as the next person.

Then I think I figured it out, WE are all one big dysfunctional family. We call each other names and get in our little fights but when the chips are down, we have each other's backs."


Beautiful
 
2013-03-16 07:55:08 PM

Witchydiva: PayPal balance:   $2,130.00 USD

I did not expect this on a Saturday, much less the day before St. Patty's Day.

IMHO, 12.fl.oz. nailed it in Arelas' memorial thread:

"I never could really put my finger on why I kept coming back to fark. The name calling, trolls, and some of the narrow thinking that I am as guilty as the next person.

Then I think I figured it out, WE are all one big dysfunctional family. We call each other names and get in our little fights but when the chips are down, we have each other's backs."


I agree with this sentiment as well. We don't have to even really know each other or interact at all for us to care about each other. I don't remember ever coming across Vincent Blackshadow, but I'm giving what I can to help you folks out. Best wishes and I hope he has a speedy recovery.
 
2013-03-16 07:55:52 PM

GBmanNC: Sucks to here. Hope to see him back posting soon.

And any medical experts wanna comment on how you catch something scary like this?


A third of people in the developed world carry Staph (Staphylococcus aureus) in their nose, armpit or groin... methicillin-resistant Staph aureus (MRSA) makes up a good portion of that. We have an ongoing epidemic in this country of a particular clone of MRSA that is rather virulent.

We still don't understand everything about Staph and how it makes people sick. It tends to take advantage of any break down in host immune defense, or breakdown in the skin barrier, to cause disease. The current epidemic clone is very good at making healthy people very sick when it becomes invasive.

Best thing to do for yourself is practice good hand hygiene and wash any cuts or scrapes that you have and keep them covered when you're out and about. CDC has some info here:  http://www.cdc.gov/mrsa/prevent/personal.html

/full disclosure: Staph/MRSA is my life
//pray I get my grant funding...
///hope Mr.VB makes a full recovery...
 
2013-03-16 08:03:36 PM

Witchydiva: PayPal balance:   $2,130.00 USD


Holy crap. Nice!!
 
2013-03-16 08:07:57 PM
I gave at the office.   I keed!

After copying and pasting that email address, then erasing it and typing it in manually, Paypal still wouldn't accept it.  I had to log out altogether and start over from scratch.

Any way to turn the Fark filter off just for that one address at the top of the thread?  I'm sure I won't be the only person who makes that mistake.
 
2013-03-16 08:08:48 PM
Whoa, thanks Bathia_Mapes

Definitely did not expect anything like that.
 
2013-03-16 08:15:59 PM
I dipped into the beer funds to send a bit, hope it helps.
 
2013-03-16 08:19:37 PM
OK so he is a farker, good to know. That sucks as it sounds like it's a very serious and debilitating illness and he obviously means a great deal to a lot of farkers here.

I still think it would be worthwhile mentioning that he is a farker in the headline - I mean i consider myself a part of the large and weird fark community and have honestly never come across the guy. I think putting that in the headline and a link to his profile in a sticky at the top of thread would be useful to other farkers in the same boat as me - it can't hurt and IMHO would be more likely to attract donations from other farkers who don't necessarily know him.
 
2013-03-16 08:24:23 PM
As a grad student, I don't have any money to spare, but once I get a job I will. I may not have it in time for this fundraiser, but hopefully I will for the next. In the mean time, you and yours are in my thoughts.
 
2013-03-16 08:24:26 PM

sevente: OK so he is a farker, good to know.


A rather legendary Farker, nonetheless. It's been mentioned previously, but check out his profile, it's pretty awesome.  http://www.fark.com/users/vincent_blackshadow
 
2013-03-16 08:25:08 PM

make me some tea: sevente: OK so he is a farker, good to know.

A rather legendary Farker, nonetheless. It's been mentioned previously, but check out his profile, it's pretty awesome.  http://www.fark.com/users/vincent_blackshadow


Oh, and I'm in there somewhere. :)
 
2013-03-16 08:27:03 PM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Best wishes to all-a-y'all out that-a-ways too, The Bananadragon.


panfried: MRSA is a biatch, though my mother was fighting lung cancer, it was MRSA pneumonia that took her.

You have my sincerest condolences, panfried.


tudorgurl: I wish I could. Right now, every spare penny is going to help my dad while my mom is in hospice. But I will light a candle for him and hope for the best. I'm sorry that that's the best I can do.

And all the best to you and your folks as well, tudorgurl.


muck4doo: Thank you by the way Witchydiva for letting us know what is going on, and putting this together.

Amen to that.


^^^^^^ all this. (Thanks, TMLO, by the by)

gambitsgirl: My husband got MRSA in his last year of ALS and being wheelchair and bed bound it was a total biatch for me to maintain. I never got it but my 7-year-old son did and I had to spend a week in the Children's Hospital with him hoping he wouldn't die along with his father.


That hurt me right in the feels. :-\ I have a spare pile of well-wishes for you and yours as well. I hope it helps.

biohazard76: We still don't understand everything about Staph and how it makes people sick. It tends to take advantage of any break down in host immune defense, or breakdown in the skin barrier, to cause disease. The current epidemic clone is very good at making healthy people very sick when it becomes invasive.


My doctor wrote my sulfameth prescription with refills on it, and that paid off this time - as soon as I woke up with a puffy cheek line, I felt around the jaw for a second, went "yep, MRSA", called CVS immediately and got on antibiotics before calling my doctor. Took three the first day to flood my system. And being able to act that quickly is probably what saved me from having to get some obnoxious maxillofacial surgery that I can't afford, because my doctor knew that I could self-diagnose an abscess and wanted me to be able to act quickly if/when it happened again.

But even with all that, for the first few days before the antibiotics start to actually reverse the infection, it's a pretty miserable sickness.

/oh hey, v_b, if no one's told you this already, it's time to start showering with Hibiclens
//probably gargling and douching with it too, if it's in your bloodstream
///but i bet you're now going YES OKAY I KNOW THE HIBICLENS, just like i do when people suggest it ^_^
/you're welcome
 
2013-03-16 08:27:07 PM

sevente: OK so he is a farker, good to know. That sucks as it sounds like it's a very serious and debilitating illness and he obviously means a great deal to a lot of farkers here.

I still think it would be worthwhile mentioning that he is a farker in the headline - I mean i consider myself a part of the large and weird fark community and have honestly never come across the guy. I think putting that in the headline and a link to his profile in a sticky at the top of thread would be useful to other farkers in the same boat as me - it can't hurt and IMHO would be more likely to attract donations from other farkers who don't necessarily know him.


He's a very well known Farker from Los Angeles that has went out of his way to meet other farkers across the country. He is also a genuinely nice guy.
 
2013-03-16 08:27:39 PM

picodenico: Whoa, thanks Bathia_Mapes

Definitely did not expect anything like that.


Enjoy. :-)
 
2013-03-16 08:28:38 PM
Dammit. Didn't work. D'oh.

Ah well. At least I had fun with the filter, right? Also, I'mma give VB grief for not mentioning me in his profile. Did the breakfast buffet in Vegas mean NOTHING? *sob*
 
2013-03-16 08:30:22 PM
Kicking in too.... Life has been good to us this year ..last year was in and out of the hospital so here's to VB

/and a new hermes scarf can wait
 
2013-03-16 08:31:04 PM

Witchydiva: He IS on the road to recovery at this point. He spoke for the first time in a month just a couple days ago, and things are looking up.


If I weren't in a similar situation with my dad right now I would donate, but I'm basically living out of a bag in another city and wondering how much longer my gas/food cushion will last. Best wishes and if this resolves soon I'll try and help out.
 
2013-03-16 08:37:39 PM

feckingmorons: lohphat: If you've opposed single payer healthcare not only are you incapable of doing the math vs our current costly system but you're an asshole for causing unnecessary suffering and destruction of families through crushing healthcare debt.

Hey, thanks for calling people names in a nice thread.


Some threads you just don't threadjack. It's a time for tact not tactics.
 
2013-03-16 08:39:30 PM
The Bananadragon:
My doctor wrote my sulfameth prescription with refills on it, and that paid off this time - as soon as I woke up with a puffy cheek line, I felt around the jaw for a second, went "yep, MRSA", called CVS immediately and got on antibiotics before calling my doctor. Took three the first day to flood my system. And being able to act that quickly is probably what saved me from having to get some obnoxious maxillofacial surgery that I can't afford, because my doctor knew that I could self-diagnose an abscess and wanted me to be able to act quickly if/when it happened again.

I'm glad you're feeling better, Bananadragon. I hope the MRSA leaves you alone. I'm particularly interested in what makes the current clone so successful and so virulent, and in studying patients with recurrent infections... and yes I wash my hands a ton, especially at work. :)

Thank you, Bathia_Mapes... was an unexpected surprise!
 
2013-03-16 08:45:41 PM

Mrbogey: feckingmorons: lohphat: If you've opposed single payer healthcare not only are you incapable of doing the math vs our current costly system but you're an asshole for causing unnecessary suffering and destruction of families through crushing healthcare debt.

Hey, thanks for calling people names in a nice thread.

Some threads you just don't threadjack. It's a time for tact not tactics.


Was that for me?

I was one of the first few posts, but it was deleted since I put a first name (not a first and last name) in it that appeared on my receipt but which wasn't VB's. I wanted to make sure my money was going to the right place.

I didn't call anyone names. This is a nice thread, not a name calling thread.
 
2013-03-16 08:46:41 PM
Almost ripped his arm off.
 
2013-03-16 08:46:56 PM

feckingmorons: I didn't call anyone names. This is a nice thread, not a name calling thread.


I was agreeing.
 
2013-03-16 08:47:16 PM
lol wrong thread, I'll close this tab now.
 
2013-03-16 08:49:42 PM

Mrbogey: feckingmorons: I didn't call anyone names. This is a nice thread, not a name calling thread.

I was agreeing.


Thanks, I wasn't sure.

I still have my arm.
 
2013-03-16 08:50:47 PM

biohazard76: The Bananadragon:
My doctor wrote my sulfameth prescription with refills on it, and that paid off this time - as soon as I woke up with a puffy cheek line, I felt around the jaw for a second, went "yep, MRSA", called CVS immediately and got on antibiotics before calling my doctor. Took three the first day to flood my system. And being able to act that quickly is probably what saved me from having to get some obnoxious maxillofacial surgery that I can't afford, because my doctor knew that I could self-diagnose an abscess and wanted me to be able to act quickly if/when it happened again.

I'm glad you're feeling better, Bananadragon. I hope the MRSA leaves you alone. I'm particularly interested in what makes the current clone so successful and so virulent, and in studying patients with recurrent infections... and yes I wash my hands a ton, especially at work. :)

Thank you, Bathia_Mapes... was an unexpected surprise!


Enjoy!
 
2013-03-16 08:54:25 PM
From Mrs. Blackshadow:

"OH. MY. GOSH.  We just can't get over this! We're so grateful and humbled by everyone's good wishes and generosity. ... I'm at the hospital with VB right now and I've shown him all of the comments in the thread. We're both speechless. ... Thank you, SO VERY MUCH"
 
2013-03-16 08:54:45 PM

Witchydiva: Dammit. Didn't work. D'oh.

Ah well. At least I had fun with the filter, right? Also, I'mma give VB grief for not mentioning me in his profile. Did the breakfast buffet in Vegas mean NOTHING? *sob*


What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.
 
2013-03-16 08:55:21 PM

Witchydiva: From Mrs. Blackshadow:

"OH. MY. GOSH.  We just can't get over this! We're so grateful and humbled by everyone's good wishes and generosity. ... I'm at the hospital with VB right now and I've shown him all of the comments in the thread. We're both speechless. ... Thank you, SO VERY MUCH"


+1
 
2013-03-16 08:56:30 PM

Witchydiva: Dammit. Didn't work. D'oh.

Ah well. At least I had fun with the filter, right? Also, I'mma give VB grief for not mentioning me in his profile. Did the breakfast buffet in Vegas mean NOTHING? *sob*


Sometimes miracles happen.  Lol.  All sorts of them.
 
2013-03-16 08:58:00 PM

Fear_and_Loathing: Witchydiva: Dammit. Didn't work. D'oh.


Sometimes miracles happen.  Lol.  All sorts of them.


*snicker*
 
2013-03-16 09:23:32 PM
I have no money to spare, sadly, though I'm confident the  Fark brigade will come through.  I have some health issues and no insurance, which isn't uncommon these days.  Vincent seems like a guy everyone would want to have a beer with - well, maybe not a Mormon, or Baptist, or a Muslim, or . . . anyway, he seems like a good guy, and I'm very glad he's on the mend.  I'll have to Farkie him as "Guy I want to have a beer with" look for him in threads.
 
2013-03-16 09:24:51 PM
Way to live on the edge, dude!

Here's the new plan though:

Step one: RECOVER
Step two: Beer
Step three: ?
Step four: MORE BEER

Got it? Cool. Glad your improving, it's great to hear.
 
2013-03-16 09:25:55 PM

biohazard76: The Bananadragon:
My doctor wrote my sulfameth prescription with refills on it, and that paid off this time - as soon as I woke up with a puffy cheek line, I felt around the jaw for a second, went "yep, MRSA", called CVS immediately and got on antibiotics before calling my doctor. Took three the first day to flood my system. And being able to act that quickly is probably what saved me from having to get some obnoxious maxillofacial surgery that I can't afford, because my doctor knew that I could self-diagnose an abscess and wanted me to be able to act quickly if/when it happened again.

I'm glad you're feeling better, Bananadragon. I hope the MRSA leaves you alone. I'm particularly interested in what makes the current clone so successful and so virulent, and in studying patients with recurrent infections... and yes I wash my hands a ton, especially at work. :)

Thank you, Bathia_Mapes... was an unexpected surprise!


I don't wanna keep blathering in here lest I sound like I'm making it about me, but if you wanna talk more there's an email address in my profile, and stuff.

/Giant Microbes makes a MRSA plushie
//it has a supercape
///BECAUSE IT IS A SUPERBUG i loled
/slashies are nature's panacaea
 
2013-03-16 09:28:19 PM
Witchydiva:

Please email me at address K f 7 y d l (at) a r r l dawt net, no spaces. Or get back to me here if you can't make it work.

I haven't been on TF much lately, but Vincent
is a particularly, good friend of mine. I've met him in person and would like to help.

I had the same infection in January 2012. Never sick a day in my life before.  I was in a coma for 22 days and in the hospital for 2 months. During the first week that I was sick my wife was told one evening to make funeral arrangements for me. My 2 doctors saved my life although they expected to bury me.  I made it. I was home in a hospital bed, on IV  antibiotics for months.  I didn't really start to get better until September. My cognition was screwed up for a long while.

It cost over $500K all but $7,500 covered by insurance.

If Mrs. Blackshadow would care to call me I, and my wife would be available to give insight as to what to expect. My wife also saved my life by being there all the time.It will not be easy, the recovery will be long.

I walked a mile today, with a cane. First time over a mile Last March I couldn't walk 10 feet.

Call us. We can help.
 
2013-03-16 09:30:02 PM
All the best, man. Get well soon.
 
2013-03-16 09:31:51 PM
My wife says that, although the insurance says $7,500 deductible, that our out of pocket was over $30K for various reasons.
 
2013-03-16 09:32:24 PM
This almost makes me want to overcome my moral objections to PayPal.

Almost.

/get well all the same
 
2013-03-16 09:32:33 PM
To: v­b­la­c­ks­h­a­d­ow­*fundraiser­[nospam-﹫-backwards]liam­g*c­om

From: From a hopeful TFer

Message: Get well, looking forward to meeting you in the coming all-better-follow-up-thread.

wasnt much, but I hope it helps.
 
2013-03-16 09:35:19 PM
i271.photobucket.com

May, 2012. Down 50 pounds. Pissing in a jar. I'm better now.
 
2013-03-16 09:35:23 PM

The Bananadragon: I don't wanna keep blathering in here lest I sound like I'm making it about me, but if you wanna talk more there's an email address in my profile, and stuff.


Thank you
 
2013-03-16 09:44:16 PM
smells_like_meat: Jaysus, Meat. I knew you'd been ill, but I somehow managed to miss just how close we came to losing you. I like you. Glad you are on that road to recovering, and wish I'd been there for you in the roughest times.

I need to wade through the BS threads and read TFD more often. Holy crap.
 
2013-03-16 09:44:38 PM
Sent what I could.  Get well.     (JS)
 
2013-03-16 09:45:34 PM

biohazard76: GBmanNC: Sucks to here. Hope to see him back posting soon.

And any medical experts wanna comment on how you catch something scary like this?

A third of people in the developed world carry Staph (Staphylococcus aureus) in their nose, armpit or groin... methicillin-resistant Staph aureus (MRSA) makes up a good portion of that. We have an ongoing epidemic in this country of a particular clone of MRSA that is rather virulent.

We still don't understand everything about Staph and how it makes people sick. It tends to take advantage of any break down in host immune defense, or breakdown in the skin barrier, to cause disease. The current epidemic clone is very good at making healthy people very sick when it becomes invasive.

Best thing to do for yourself is practice good hand hygiene and wash any cuts or scrapes that you have and keep them covered when you're out and about. CDC has some info here:  http://www.cdc.gov/mrsa/prevent/personal.html

/full disclosure: Staph/MRSA is my life
//pray I get my grant funding...
///hope Mr.VB makes a full recovery...


Yikes, indeed thank monkeys VB is on the way back.  Dealt with MRSA skin abcesses myself on an obnoxious and irregular basis, and damn do they A: come right the hell out of nowhere, and B: aren't fun to deal with for the penecillin allergic world.  Seriously folks, if you find yourself with ANY sort of visible infection that's seriously painful or obviously full of gunk, get your arse into the doctor YESTERDAY.  I'm living with a substantially worsened pain condition because I waited like a jackass, so don't be like me.

/Surprisingly enough, major infections don't make nerve diseases like RSD happy!  Who'da thought huh?  Bungled abcess removal really pisses RSD off.
//I repeat - DO NOT BE A DUMBSHIAT LIKE ME - if you even THINK something is going way wrong like that, you can go to the hospital NP (assuming ability to pay/insurance of course.)  They regard this to be a serious damn thing too - you will not get GOMERed by any sane medical team.  They'll take samples, confirm what's wrong, and get you the hell on the anti-biotic storm you need.  DO SO.
 
2013-03-16 09:57:33 PM
I paid it forward with Bathia_Mapes kind donation of TF to me in a donation to VB... hope it helps...

/the MRSA club is a big club, unfortunately...
 
2013-03-16 10:00:28 PM

smells_like_meat: Witchydiva:

Please email me at address K f 7 y d l (at) a r r l dawt net, no spaces. Or get back to me here if you can't make it work.

I haven't been on TF much lately, but Vincent is a particularly, good friend of mine. I've met him in person and would like to help.

I had the same infection in January 2012. Never sick a day in my life before.  I was in a coma for 22 days and in the hospital for 2 months. During the first week that I was sick my wife was told one evening to make funeral arrangements for me. My 2 doctors saved my life although they expected to bury me.  I made it. I was home in a hospital bed, on IV  antibiotics for months.  I didn't really start to get better until September. My cognition was screwed up for a long while.

It cost over $500K all but $7,500 covered by insurance.

If Mrs. Blackshadow would care to call me I, and my wife would be available to give insight as to what to expect. My wife also saved my life by being there all the time.It will not be easy, the recovery will be long.

I walked a mile today, with a cane. First time over a mile Last March I couldn't walk 10 feet.

Call us. We can help.


Glad you are feeling better.  Keep up the good work!

It is horrible what this MRSA is doing.  I never knew it was such a big problem.  In the hospital it is always good to take those Lysol wipes in and wipe everything down, have someone do it for you if you can. And make sure the nurses, even the dumb belligerent ones, wash their hands.

Wow, hope all you people who have been afflicted with it get well soon.
 
2013-03-16 10:09:06 PM

Witchydiva: smells_like_meat: Jaysus, Meat. I knew you'd been ill, but I somehow managed to miss just how close we came to losing you. I like you. Glad you are on that road to recovering, and wish I'd been there for you in the roughest times.

I need to wade through the BS threads and read TFD more often. Holy crap.


It was very close.

Please ask Jennifer to contact us. It will be a long hard road for Mike. I'm sure that Carol and I can help her.
 
2013-03-16 10:09:21 PM
Who?
 
2013-03-16 10:10:09 PM
I am so sorry to hear this.  Hope he is feeling better soon.  He's such a nice guy.
 
2013-03-16 10:11:53 PM

biohazard76: I paid it forward with Bathia_Mapes kind donation of TF to me in a donation to VB... hope it helps...

/the MRSA club is a big club, unfortunately...


Thank you
 
2013-03-16 10:12:32 PM
smells_like_meat:

Please ask Jennifer to contact us. It will be a long hard road for Mike. I'm sure that Carol and I can help her.

Done. Also, she is reading this thread, so she'll see it twice. :)

Also, I realized that while I thought it really loud earlier, I didn't actually type it before - congrats on walking that far today!
 
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