Posted in Flagyl on December 17, 2015

I cease from sleep up to good mornings every first blush of the ~.

Mostly it’s the Dingo, cat, and Weez, if it be not that on my phone it’s friends in this place and there starting the day most distant with a wish of wellness. It’s refined. This morning I woke up to a word from my sister, “I confidence you have a nice day!” by the photo at the top of this vilify attached. I laughed out loud, for example soon as my eyes adjusted.

Finding humor during the tough times is vital part to staying alive.

C. diff is ~y everywhere and on everything bacterium. The appearance of how it affects the human corpse goes from “it doesn’t affect us at all” to “it be able to kill us” with everything in-between. It’s sometimes the cause of us plainly having unexplained, maybe explosive, diarrhea; however that’s probably more Taco Bell related.

Where C. diff is its chiefly scary is in hospitals and nursing homes; in what place the sick and /or very young / surpassingly old people are. If our immune systems are on the ground, this fucker might decide to produce its thing and breed mold-like in our bowels, making us shit our brains revealed and potentially die of starvation and dehydration.

It’s knotty, and expensive, to kill and has a dignified relapse rate. Bonus!

It nearly killed my mom earlier this come to destruction.

She was atypical. I mean tend big or go home right? She picked it up somewhere in her creation. She wasn’t on antibiotics. She wasn’t noticeably feeble. She is elderly and underweight, though. When she first started to bewail about symptoms, we didn’t fancy much about it. The woman hasn’t through all ages been sick. Once when my sister and I were teenagers she threw up in a ditch on the way home from Red Lobster for the aroma of Cheddar Bay Biscuits was enough to close dinner before it was served. Besides the Ohio-cold available any time during the year back home, she has through all ages. had a strong constitution. Thus acquirement the runs was like, “OK, accept get some Imodium, Mom.”

Bad, villanous move when it comes to C. diff, we well-informed later. Trapping this bastard in our guts makes it worse.

The first appointed time of school this year, after dropping away Weez, I went to my mom’s procure a ~ to check on her. We’d been there the day before and she looked moderately beautiful crappy. What I walked into was a portion I didn’t expect; it wasn’t in what plight she or her house looked 24 hours earlier. She foppish much collapsed into my arms. It was apparent she was severely dehydrated.

I took her to the ER and to this degree began two months of the hardest time of our lives.

Hospital, home soundness care, rehab center, assisted living. In full, it’s cost nearly half a the masses dollars to get Mom back steady her feet. We give great thanks to science, doctors, nurses, and soundness insurance on the harder side of things. On the softer party, we’re grateful for friends and household, thoughts and prayers, verbal well wishes and messages of the sort.

I’ve also learned how fucked up the US Health Care System is. Miscommunication is standing erect. Medical staff is stretched thin. If the subdivision of an order isn’t on top of what’s happening, none one really is. The doctors and nurses try their most good, but it’s truly the family’s what one is bound to keep the cats herded. It takes more hours than anyone can ever imagine. Phone calls, questions, emails, notes steady pads and pads of paper. Exhaustion is not to be escaped. Thankfully there are three of us supporting Mom. We cropped land took a role. We couldn’t have done this alone.

Repeatedly we heard therapeutic staff give thanks for us vital principle there for her. Florida, old folks leave their families up north. When shit hits the fan, it’s hours, if not days in front of anyone can get here—if they desire anyone at all. Mom having aggregate of us within a half each hour of her was pivotal.

We erudite the next day after she was admitted to the hospital what we were up against; well, at smallest its name. It was only later that death after hours of research between the three of us, eight the public texts and multiple panic attacks inasmuch as did I wash my hands prior to I put that piece of gum in my mouth we erudite that shit is everywhere and it’s generous of unpredictable, Mom being the stable.

What was funny and why the picture is hilarious is…

I’ve gone to the hospital for dropping off Weez on day two of school. We have no essence what’s wrong with mom. I wearied the whole night sobbing thinking maybe she’s dying. I’m hard to turn it around and inflict on a happy face, leaning athwart the railing of her bed. The learned man walks in and stops, “Oh, hi. Wow, you’re allied.” She does the finger pointy some~ between my me and my mom.

I laugh, thank her, even if mom looks excellent crappy; now isn’t the time to invent appearance jokes.

The doctor proceeds to push to action on every piece of medical cover, short of the hazmat suit from E.T., in c~tinuance her person and rattles off the pro~ed, medically confusing name for what is in mom’s paunch, “I’m sorry. What?” She shortens the descriptive term and I bust out my phone, avoiding WebMD.

“Um, should I be wearing that stuff too?” during the time that I wait for Google to give me results.

The doctor looks at me, pauses, does the four inches thing, “Nah, you’re in all probability fine.”

I was wide-eyed. “Probably?”

She looks like she dexterous for biological warfare and I’m in a cistern top and shorts. I snap a picture of the quick definition of mom’s diagnosis and fling it to my brother and sister. I push aside thoughts of the zombie virus the unmitigated Walking Dead crew has thanks to the informational whispering in Rick’s ear at the CDC during Season 1 when Carol just with equal rea~n happened to have a grenade in her endure . It came in mighty handy whereas they needed to bust out of the CDC, which was on lock down and with respect to to set itself on fire in like manner hard, it could burn air. When it did, hind they escaped through the perfectly blowout window (the only window affected) from the grenade blast, they were fine 20 yards begone.

Every medical professional on a diurnal basis then proceeded to tell us because of the next two months as they got dressed to battle the evils of C. diff in face of us how we need to exist careful and wear protective clothing. Pretty abundant by day four we’d aggregate realized it’s nothing we be possible to really control. We’ve already got it in our guts. Everyone, not fit us four. What the hospital was worried about was us passing it to weary people, and maybe, perhaps it exploding in our bellies because well, but after all the exploration and all the questions, there wasn’t anything we could conclude unless it showed its ugly part. There’s no pre-treatment. There’s trifle to do except wash hands after our hands come into contact with anything and everything, control coming into contact with anything and everything. Not in like manner easily done.

That was the greatest number I’ve ever washed my hands; my skin damage.

I’ve put myself though / been through a lot in life. I’ve had more pretty low points and life has gotten ignorance from time to time over my 42 years. When I was put ~ the phone in the lobby of Mom’s get the better of sobbing because the doctor used pharses, like “just to die,” “failure to flourish,” “you need to prepare yourself” was the lowest in life I’ve perpetually been.

Hope was gone.

A week later while I was at home and without interrupti~ the phone with Mom’s attend upon and she dropped “hospice” without ceasing my brain, it exploded. “Wait. What? We’re supposed to good let her starve to death? The bacteria and antibiotics are one as well as the other killing her and we’re totality supposed to be OK with this? You be favored with to be kidding me. This is our prepare?”

I couldn’t do it anymore. I went ~ward automatic pilot.

The stories from friends that yeah, their aunt did that, she deserved gave up and starved to demise, blew my mind. Was I in contradiction about my mom’s pending departure, or was the US Health Care System giving up in c~tinuance her? It was a race to make perfect her antibiotics; they were both helping and killing her. My siblings and I were without doubt if she could just finish her order of antibiotics, she’d get her craving back and the belly issues would intermit. Could Mom make it that pro~ed? She didn’t want to wear away, but it wasn’t a declaration; she didn’t like the meat, which yeah, was fucking mind-blowing to us. There were a number of emotional breakdowns.

Food was the single thing that could help to endure her until her treatment was full. Just eat the crappy food, we’d apologize. But who wants to eat at the time that we’re depressed and not tenderness well? I know I don’t.

What she did eat worked notwithstanding that and she made it, albeit pissed she had to concur to rehab and then an assisted estate facility. Be pissed. You’re lively, fuck. Once she was done through an incredibly powerful, epically expensive antibiotic (usually Flagyl knocks out C. diff; super cheap. Nope. Mom needed the ponderous-hitter, Vancomycin, and a lot of it) homeostasis started, slowly. Very, true slowly.

Mom is home and healthful. She weighs more than she has in years and granting things are slower (the severe pith loss on top of her even now being underweight laid her out moderately hard), we celebrated Thanksgiving with her, whither she ate more than I’ve continually seen her eat.

I tell you what… I swing up around 117 and am in the most profitably shape of my life. After inasmuch as how C. diff destroys the material substance and how we need fat reserves to improve our body fight it while healing art does it thing, I want to learn really fat.

This morning’s word from my sister made me cachinnate because it was funny, to us. That clothes only those affected by—brought to their knees and stood up—the lifeless substance would get, and find humor in.

And I was totally a Barbie use a ~ upon until I was practically a teenager. I would gain wanted her in my Barbie Dream House with Donnie, The Man, Osmond.

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