…oh my…another topic where (unfortunately) have garnished some wisdom…ugh…what a shit show my journey has been
where to begin…at the beginning!!..hey its raining again!!
2011 - month long trip to the beaches and jungles of thailand, came back with MRSA dec 11 2011
upon return, my left front shin was treated for MRSA, dr. said i was hours away from losing my left leg at the knee…it took several months to clear up…lots of medicated gauze and rounds of antibiotics … daughter and wife got a taste of it too
tough critter that MRSA bacteria
a few years go by, May 2015? … im doing the AIDS ride, SF to LA, 545miles…wonderful event, second time ive done it…day 3 im feverish, shaking (like i was a few years prior, in 2011) but my ass is on FIRE!!!..my chamois is soaked with nasty smelling “fluid” (blood and puss)…to the medical tent i go after dinner…two handsome, sweet doctors. are looking up in my business…they tell me to stop riding “right now” and get to hospital
a friend drives me 3hrs back to kaiser emergency on sunset in Los Angeles…im there for two days as they drain the ever filling sack of nasty fluid where my right sitbone used to be…legs in stirrups the nurses pack and repack my ass with yards of medicated gauze for two days…
this is the most pain i have ever experienced in my life
they send me home,
im wearing diapers
with yards of this medicated gauze in a box of “red fluid” im packing/repacking this hole in my ass for several months…surgical gloves, squat over a mirror, tweezers, i feed the gauze into the gaping hole in my ass (next to my asshole)…i do this 3 times a day
no riding for months, im wearing diapers
the most excruciating pain i have ever experienced
a months…a year goes by, things seem to clear up…i start riding again…(uncomfortably)…short rides…but i ride, joy returns to my life
fall 2015…i do the Mammoth Gran Fondo…wonderful event…evening of the finish my ass is on fire…fever, shaking im right back to the emergency room…
i start it all over again
im packing my ass with medicated gauze for months diapers…rounds and rounds of hardcore antibiotics…MRSA…its a tough bug to kill
i learn that MRSA hides in your belly button, nostrils and asshole…nice huh?
later in 2015 or 2016 i have an ablation for afib (my first ablation)… It was I awesome!!! i got the royal treatment…my own room, special handling, privacy, et cetera … I asked them
“why the special treatment, business slow?!?”
turns out my chart indicated that I have a history of MRSA and have to be kept isolated because it’s highly contagious … kiss of death to hospitals…
we are waiting for the MRSA results before going to ablation surgery…
“…congratulations terry! you are MRSA free!!!”
I could tell they were as relieved as I was
ablation was good…for 5 yrs
all this nasty saddle sore / MRSA business on my backside, I have been gifted thick scar tissue around my right seat bone, yep…“up in my ass”… so I have to be very careful with any irritation and friction in that area…the MRSA is gone, but i can still get inflamed and painful sensitivity on long hot days in the saddle…like last May for Giro riding from Cortina to Venice…the next day from Venice to Lake Garda…it was sketchy and painful…but no hospital visits, no MRSA, just chafing
I’ve used almost every chamois/ass cream imaginable…assos, button hole, diaper rash creme, enzos, butt’r, DZ nuts…ect… what i’m using now, that works great, is inexpensive and I buy it by the case
get the eucalyptus!! it tingles!!!
Noxzema Facial Cleanser, 12 Ounce (Pack of 6)
fyi … the noxzema trick was not my idea…ole chris planted the seed a couple years back…
saddles - ive tried several…specalized, fizik (still have a carbon R1 floating around)…im settled on this prologo…love it…
bibs? assos always…but not all fit me well…i have some crazy expensive assos GTR C2 long leg bibs for long days and i cant take 3 hours with them (the were a present)…too MUCH padding that bunches up…these are my goto bibs…
thats my story, ill put it “behind” me!!!
also…if you have some irritation starting, get on it fast!!! ive had really good luck with this…like magic…
Assos Skin Repair Gel https://a.co/d/9LEyOqQ
protip!..NEVER reapply chamious creme at rest stops!!! its bacteriaville!!!