Thursday, June 11, 2015

My 1st IV Antibiotic Injection and the END of topical steroid withdrawal

I had my first 1000mg IV antibiotic on the 4th, and the second dose  of 500mg today.

I had to fight with my health insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield) for the past couple days over which medications they would "allow" me to use and what they would cover. In short nothing.
They don't cover any MRSA drugs that I'm not already resistant to.

I was given two options, once a week injection for two weeks or a pick line. Both would be over $2000. I went with the cheaper one, which ended up being the once a week IV. This worked out better for me, if I decided to do the pick line the dressings/tape would have to be reapplied and what not. The pick line would have really bothered my skin.

This is a new drug on the market, that just became available last June. Dalvance is a once a week IV antibiotic and has had very good reviews. For most people two weeks (1500mg) was enough to kill the MRSA.

The experience wasn't fun, the IV itself hurt, but the alcohol pad she used to sterilize my skin made me cry out loud. Ian took the first day off to be with me and I'm thankful he did because I was really scared. I shouldn't be here, I'm young, supposed to be healthy. I don't know what I'd without him. He wasn't able to come to the second one, and I felt it.

I had to pay for the treatment before they would treat me. My insurance only "covered" $999 of the bill. The cost for 1500mg of the drug was $2184.80 out of my own pocket. Straight on to the credit card... :(

While I have been clearing up a lot I still have some boils popping up, the nurse said its normal. But I was worried that my feet and wrists had accumulated so much damage, they didn't look any better. I was worried that this antibiotic alone wouldn't be able to get it. So I had to do something we've all had nightmares about....

I used clobetosol. I will use it for 2 weeks and taper off. Clobetosol is a class IV steroid drug, so it can't be used for a long period of time and can not be stopped cold turkey.

What does this mean? This means I officially no longer going through Topical Steroid Withdrawal,  as this became a matter of life and death. Once I'm no longer using the Topical Steroid I may go through a withdrawal again. I'm scared. Was everything I did for nothing? Did I suffer for no reason for almost 2 years? Will this really kill the MRSA? What happens if it doesn't?

 After my 2 treatments and 3 days use of Clobetosol.


  1. Oh shit. Well, it was unavoidable so don't beat yourself up over it. But I wouldn't call it the end of TSW, it was/is a relapse. Just get your skin under control, try to enjoy the calm and then keep on going!!

  2. Thank you for all your comments, they really helped. You have no idea. <3