MLB Great Willie McCovey, 80, Dies of Infection

Infection control for mobility-impaired seniors

| San Francisco Chronicle – Willie McCovey, the Hall of Fame first baseman who spent 19 of his 22 major-league seasons with the Giants and became one of the most beloved players in franchise history, has died at the age of 80.

McCovey died at Stanford Hospital on Wednesday afternoon after what the team called “a battle with ongoing health issues.”

He had used a wheelchair for many years and had a serious infection four years ago that nearly took his life. McCovey recently developed another infection and was hospitalized late last week.

During the Giants’ final home game of the season, McCovey was rushed to the hospital but returned home shortly thereafter, before he was hospitalized for the final time.

Fellow Hall of Famer Joe Morgan, who grew up in Oakland and was one of McCovey’s baseball contemporaries and a close friend, was at McCovey’s bedside for his final hours Wednesday. Morgan marked the time of death at 4 minutes past 4 in the afternoon.

McCovey wore uniform No. 44.

“You just don’t like to see people you love suffer,” said Morgan, whose mother recently died. “I felt both suffering. Pain is a terrible thing. I’ll be sad for a while, but his suffering is over.”

McCovey teamed with Willie Mays to give the Giants one of the most feared duos in baseball history, but he played in only one World Series.

It was McCovey’s line drive to Yankees second baseman Bobby Richardson in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 7 that ended the 1962 Series …

Despite two arthritic knees that required countless surgeries, and an infection from one operation that nearly killed him in 2014, McCovey continued to attend Giants games. Fans, most of whom never saw him play, cheered McCovey as he rode through the tunnel at AT&T Park in a golf cart. Read more.

Infection control for seniors with mobility impairment 

Longterm wheelchair use may be associated with certain infections.

Eric Bakker ND, Disabled World  – This article is for those who are physically challenged and who are looking for a more natural approach to avoiding recurring urinary tract infections (UTI) and digestive problems, and in particular the yeast infections that can recur in those who take antibiotics with physical disabilities and who tend to rely on a wheelchair or a mobility scooter a great deal to get around.

Yeast Infection: (Also known as candidiasis, candidosis, moniliasis, oidiomycosis or thrush) is a fungal infection (mycosis) of any of the Candida species (all yeasts), of which Candida albicans is the most common. Candidiasis encompasses infections that range from superficial, such as oral thrush and vaginitis, to systemic and potentially life-threatening diseases.

Candida infections of the latter category are also referred to as candidemia and are usually confined to severely immuno-compromised persons, such as cancer, transplant, and AIDS patients, as well as non-trauma emergency surgery patients. Candidiasis is commonly treated with antimycotics; these anti-fungal drugs include topical clotrimazole, topical nystatin, fluconazole, and topical ketoconazole.

After having been in naturopathic practice for twenty-five years, I have seen quite a few patients with physical disabilities. Many of these patients have been wheelchair bound for some time, and some for many years, and one of the main reasons they have come to see me is to get on top of their recurring urinary tract infections or bowel issues, especially constipation.

I also began to notice that it was important for me to understand their needs and to come up with some good advice and help create strategies that could prove to be effective, protocols which were drug and side effect free and which actually worked time and again.

Antibiotic Reliance For Urinary Tract Infections

I have seen all too many instances of physically challenged patients who have begun to rely increasingly on antibiotics, and one of the most important things to understand if you are infirm or have a physical disability is that it is particularly important to keep your immune system in top form. Once you start to take an antibiotic for every kind of immune challenge that comes your way you will soon discover over time that your immune system won’t work that well anymore, and that you will become more prone to developing yeast infections, thrush, and all manner of similar side-effects which occur as a consequence to taken these kinds of drugs.

Once you take them regularly, your reliance on antibiotic drugs will only increase, and your susceptibility to all manner of infections will increase along with it. The more antibiotics you take and the longer you take them, the more you will need to take them and the more your immune and digestive health will suffer as a consequence.

The other concern is that you may risk developing increasingly drug-resistant strains of bacteria and yeasts inside your body, making it much more difficult for you to recover from a serious infection you may develop in future. And what happens then when you really need them to work? They probably won’t, and you will have to take even stronger drugs creating even stronger side-effects. Read more. 

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