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Old     (ridn9high)      Join Date: Feb 2004       08-16-2004, 3:29 PM Reply   
Last week my brother went to the doctor about an infection on his leg. It turns out it was a mosquito bite that got infected by lake water. The doctor gave him anti-biotics and said stay out of the water until it heels.
When he woke up this morning his leg was twice as big as it was yesterday so they went to the hospital. They say it is a staph infection and is pretty deep. It is in the bone or almost in the bone. And if it gets to bad they might amputate his leg. They say it is pretty bad.

For all you believers out there if you will, keep my brother in prayer. I want to see him strap on a board again and ride.

-Mike Souza
Old     (antbug)      Join Date: Jul 2004       08-16-2004, 3:31 PM Reply   
Mike ~ My wishes are with you and your family

(Message edited by antbug on August 16, 2004)
Old     (wakehype)      Join Date: Dec 2002       08-16-2004, 3:34 PM Reply   
My prayers are with you, your brother, family and friends.

Take care.
Old     (dakid)      Join Date: Feb 2001       08-16-2004, 3:47 PM Reply   
my prayers are w/ your brother, you and the family.

take care.

(Message edited by dakid on August 16, 2004)
Old    murrayair            08-16-2004, 3:48 PM Reply   
That's such a terrible thing to happen to your brother. I pray God will be with him.
Old     (wakestar8878)      Join Date: Oct 2003       08-16-2004, 3:48 PM Reply   
Man, I'm really sorry to hear that. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Old     (nuckledragger)      Join Date: Jun 2004       08-16-2004, 3:56 PM Reply   
Our thoughts and prayers are with your brother and your family. If you want to send me his name, size, and address, we will get some "get well" gear out to him.

The CIRE Boardwear Team
Old     (guido)      Join Date: Jul 2002       08-16-2004, 4:16 PM Reply   
Mike...That's horrible. I wish him luck. I think we all hope for him to get well. Give him out best and keep us updated.

Old     (98_searay)      Join Date: May 2004       08-16-2004, 5:07 PM Reply   
dude iam so sorry what what happened what lake were you at gotta say out of that one!
i also live in nor*cal
my prayers are out to you!
Old     (malibuboarder75)      Join Date: Jan 2004       08-16-2004, 5:24 PM Reply   
i pray that he will get better. No one would want that for anyone, especially if it stops him from doing what he loves.
Old    utlakerider1            08-16-2004, 6:03 PM Reply   
My friend got a staff infectio from Lake Powell. He was in the hospital for 4 days. He had to have a tube put through his arm all the way into his heart in order to give him antibiotics. It was really crazy and sad, it ended his summer. But he is Okay now and didn't need amputaion. Your bro should be fine and has my best wishes.
Old     (socalwakepunk)      Join Date: Dec 2002       08-16-2004, 6:32 PM Reply   
Mike, know that everyone involved with the CLWC will be pulling for your brother's quick and complete recovery
Old    wakelvr            08-16-2004, 6:36 PM Reply   

Your brother is in my thoughts and prayers!

Please keep us posted...

Old     (teamvaldez)      Join Date: Apr 2003       08-16-2004, 7:15 PM Reply   
Mike, we are so sorry to hear about this. Our family will be praying for you and your family during this struggle.
Phillippians 4:6 is a great scripture for this. hugs, robyn valdez
Old     (ryan_shima1)      Join Date: Sep 2002 Location: Layton, Utah       08-16-2004, 7:42 PM Reply   
Prayers to you, your brother and your family on a FULL and speedy recovery!
Old    buttacup            08-16-2004, 8:28 PM Reply   
Hey Mike,
I'll be thinking of your brother and family. Get well soon!
Old     (ridn9high)      Join Date: Feb 2004       08-16-2004, 8:40 PM Reply   
Everyone thanks, it means so much. I will keep you all updated, also Im gonna print this and mail it to him to show that all of you are praying for him.
I knew he had gone to the doctor last week for it and I was like its no big deal. Then today when I found out he was in the hospital I just broke down. It's hard being 1700 miles away and not being able to do anything. Your prayers mean a lot, and knowing that you all are keeping him and my family in your thoughts takes some weight off my chest. Again I can't thank you enough.

BTW- It was at lake Texoma.

(Message edited by ridn9high on August 16, 2004)
Old    tcboarder            08-16-2004, 9:16 PM Reply   
thats teriable, i really hope he gets better, your bro and your family are definaly in ly prayers tonite, hang in there it will get better.
Old     (tcluv85)      Join Date: Jan 2004       08-16-2004, 9:48 PM Reply   
Hey Mike.

My thoughts and prayers are with you, him and the rest of your family. God is amazing and let's pray you get your wish to see him strap on a board again and ride.

Tell him to stay strong and get better soon!
Old     (cfisher)      Join Date: Apr 2002       08-16-2004, 9:49 PM Reply   
Mike - My heart goes out to you and your family and my thoughts and prayers go to your brother. Let's hope they caught it in time and can save his leg!!
Old     (wakeworld)      Join Date: Jan 1997       08-16-2004, 10:08 PM Reply   
He's got my prayers! Good luck!
Old     (airwarrior04)      Join Date: Aug 2004       08-16-2004, 11:03 PM Reply   
Mike this is zack you went on my boat with mark and travis harrell and my dad the air-warrior just like travis'I am praying for you brother that he will be able to ride i am praying every night and every saturday im boardin


Old    hipidyhopr            08-17-2004, 8:13 AM Reply   

I will be praying for you, your brother and your family. I hope that your bro has a speedy recovery and can get a little more time on the board before summer ends.

God works in mysterious ways and take peace in know He has His eye on all of us at all times and in hall places. I am excited to hear how God will use this for His greater glory!

Is your brother a Christian as well?

P.S. Mad props for your willingness to share this on WW. Glad to see tons of support from other wakeboardin believers!!!
Old     (uga33)      Join Date: Jul 2003       08-17-2004, 8:38 AM Reply   
Sorry to hear this Mike. I will keep your brother in my prayers.
Old    crowe            08-17-2004, 8:39 AM Reply   
My thoughts and prayers are with you. I wish you and your family the best.
Old     (lzyboy)      Join Date: Jun 2001       08-17-2004, 8:48 AM Reply   
Mike n Family,

You, your brother and entire family are in all our prayers. In our thoughts, take care and stay strong, we all hope he get's well...

-= peace =-
Old    phaturn            08-17-2004, 10:44 AM Reply   
wow, that gave me goose bumps. Good luck, I wish you and your brother / family well.
Old    missjade            08-17-2004, 10:56 AM Reply   
Wow, that is scary. I wish your family the best and will say a prayer for y'all...

Just for my information, what is a staff infection?
Old     (eas)      Join Date: Nov 2001       08-17-2004, 11:08 AM Reply   
We didn't get to hook up when you were here, but you can trust that I will be praying for your brother.

Old     (lehmur)      Join Date: Oct 2001       08-17-2004, 12:36 PM Reply   
Jade - Staphylococcus aureus bacteria are often simply called "staph" (pronounced "staff") bacteria. Staph bacteria can live harmlessly on many skin surfaces, especially around the nose, mouth, genitals, and rectum. But when the skin is punctured or broken for any reason, staph bacteria can enter the wound and cause an infection.

Mike, I wish your brother the best. I know first hand about having to deal with that type of infection. Tell him to hang in there.
Old     (above_the_levee)      Join Date: Aug 2004       08-17-2004, 3:38 PM Reply   
our prayers are with you. just believe.

Old     (ridn9high)      Join Date: Feb 2004       08-18-2004, 10:57 AM Reply   
Hey everyone, they are letting my Bro go home tomorrow. They said he made it in just in time to catch it before it got to the bone. The swelling is going down each hour and the 3 open infection are now healing. They are saying his leg will be back to normal in a couple weeks.

I want to thank everyone for their support here on WW and the emails I have recieved. If any of you ever need a pull on the delta let me know. Also my brother told me to tell you all thank you for your prayers.

Mike Souza
Old     (antbug)      Join Date: Jul 2004       08-18-2004, 11:03 AM Reply   
Right on Mike. Great news. Make sure he takes care of that leg. The Staph infection does not go away and can flare up at anytime.
Old     (hatepwcs)      Join Date: Mar 2002       08-18-2004, 12:03 PM Reply   
Great news.
Old     (wakestar8878)      Join Date: Oct 2003       08-18-2004, 12:07 PM Reply   
Awesome news......thanks for keeping us posted Mike.
Old     (tcluv85)      Join Date: Jan 2004       08-18-2004, 12:11 PM Reply   
Wonderful news. I hope he continues to heal and gets lots of rest.

Can't wait to see a picture of him riding again.
Old     (guido)      Join Date: Jul 2002       08-18-2004, 1:18 PM Reply   
Super glad to hear that. It always makes me sad to hear something that bad happen to anyone, even if we don't know him.

Wish him the best for all of us...

Old     (airwarrior04)      Join Date: Aug 2004       08-18-2004, 1:24 PM Reply   
Great news tell him to get alot of rest im glad to hear that

Get Well Soon Andrew!!!!

Old     (teamvaldez)      Join Date: Apr 2003       08-18-2004, 10:26 PM Reply   
Mike, I can't even put into words how happy I am to hear that your bro is doing better. God is so good isn't He?? hugs,robyn valdez
Old     (dcervenka)      Join Date: Sep 2002       08-18-2004, 10:31 PM Reply   
Good to hear your bro is doing better! Get well soon and we'll see you back in the water in no time!
Old     (w4k3b04rd3r19)      Join Date: Jun 2003       08-18-2004, 10:39 PM Reply   
can you tell us which lake, so we know to advoid it
Old     (greatdane)      Join Date: Feb 2001       08-18-2004, 10:46 PM Reply   
My god Mike. I just read this thread.
I am so happy to hear that you brother is doing better. He will be in my thoughts.
Old    buttacup            08-18-2004, 11:14 PM Reply   
Woohoo, glad to hear that things are getting better for you guys! Definitley hurts you when someone you love is in pain and can't do anything to take the pain away.
Old     (pittsy)      Join Date: Apr 2004       08-18-2004, 11:18 PM Reply   
thats good news, take pics when he goes ridding again...good luck
Old    deltahoosier            08-19-2004, 12:05 AM Reply   
Awesome News.... I said my prayers for him too...Still have a couple of good months to go in the season. Hope he can hit it.
Old     (auto)      Join Date: Aug 2002       08-19-2004, 5:39 AM Reply   
best of news on your brother. I spend a ton of time hunting texoma in the fall and winter, staph infections are no joke, I spent 4 days in the hospital last year with an infection.
Old     (uga33)      Join Date: Jul 2003       08-19-2004, 6:09 AM Reply   
That is awesome news. Hope to see him back on the board soon.
Old     (catdaddy76)      Join Date: Feb 2004       08-19-2004, 7:09 AM Reply   
We should count our blessing EVERYTIME we hit the water. There are millions of people that are not as fortunate as we are!!!
Hope your bro is back riding soon!!
Old     (eas)      Join Date: Nov 2001       08-19-2004, 12:13 PM Reply   
Coincindence? I don't think so! I second Robyn Valdez..."God IS good"

That is awesome news Mike! Here's to a complete & speedy recovery. And next time either of you guys can make it to central Oklahoma, give me a call and we'll try to hook up again.
Old     (toolfan)      Join Date: Jul 2003       08-19-2004, 12:28 PM Reply   
Rock On, Brother.

awesome news!
Old     (cfisher)      Join Date: Apr 2002       08-19-2004, 1:23 PM Reply   
Glad to hear that they caught it in time and that your brother is doing so well!! GREAT news!!!
Old    wakelvr            08-19-2004, 2:11 PM Reply   
This news just made my day!!

Old     (ssg)      Join Date: Jun 2001       08-20-2004, 12:36 PM Reply   
I just read the whole post for the first time. This was quite inspirational. I guess we know who gets the glory for this one.

Best news all week!
Old     (ridn9high)      Join Date: Feb 2004       08-21-2004, 4:54 PM Reply   
Well I just got more news today. My bro is moving back to Cali for school. I guess I will see him ride more then I thought

I'll be on the delta tomorrow in a red/black X-10, if you see us stop by and say high. Will probably be in Vics depending on the wind.
Old    byerly137pro            08-22-2004, 2:01 PM Reply   
Thats great that it all worked out, thats the kind of thing that makes you believe in God again.


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