The AWARE program uses numerous methods to reduce unnecessary antibiotic use. Each year an expert clinical work group meets to develop timely educational materials regarding appropriate antibiotic use for adult and pediatric care. These tools, known as the AWARE Toolkit, are available in English and Spanish. The CMA Foundation mails these Toolkit materials to high-prescribing physicians to promote adherence to appropriate prescribing guidelines. The full version of the AWARE Toolkit is available for free under Resources and an abbreviated version is available on the iTunes App Store and on Google Play.
I had fungal meningitis and was admitted to the hospital. When I was released, I ended up having a stroke and developed a brain aneurysm. I was readmitted, and I was there for almost another two months... I got very sick. I was vomiting all the time, had horrible headaches every day. I lost a good 30 pounds; I went down to 100 pounds... I missed about a year of work. And it was discovered later that I'd developed an abscess in my spinal cord. I had to have that surgically removed. But they could not get all of the abscess out, because they said if they would have sliced any deeper, they could have paralyzed me or I could have lost bowel or bladder function.