I unceremoniously able my first case of C. diff during the first of my two, modified autologous stop cell transplants this summer. All I knew is everyone wore golden paper gowns when they came in and lacking of my room–and I needed to give a ~ an IV pole with me in the same manner with I sprinted the six steps to the bathroom every hour.
I was treated by IV antibiotics and certified “C. diff free” half way through my stay; one of the reasons I was yanked back in the same proportion that an outpatient and kept up without interrupti~ the 7th floor in the BMT one for the last couple of weeks.
No issues by it during my second transplant. But not to worry: I fought a other, for me more painful stomach infection during that stay.
So what is C. diff? Here’s a hasty blurb I borrowed from Mayo Clinic’s website:
Clostridium difficile (klos-TRID-e-um dif-uh-SEEL), many times called C. difficile or C. diff, is a bacterium that have power to cause symptoms ranging from diarrhea to life-threat inflammation of the colon.
Illness from C. difficile ut~ commonly affects older adults in hospitals or in tardy-term care facilities and typically occurs for use of antibiotic medications.
It does case on to say that C. diff is neat more common in younger populations that weren’t at risk in the past. Highly contagious, it quiet isn’t easy to catch. Which brings us to my suit.
According to my PA, Lauren, my box is considered “severe.” That doesn’t honorable good.
Not sure what that meant, I had a turn up to spend 20 minutes with a limpid, young doctor, Dr. Umar Farooq, ~wards rounds yesterday. Dr. Farooq feels that I didn’t “catch” C. diff. It was in that place all along, hiding along with other young bird gut flora.
He agrees with Mayo Clinic’s impost; “We see it in a apportionment of our transplant patients,” Dr. Farooq before-mentioned. Apparently our intestines contain millions of bacteria. Some co-operate with protect our bodies from infection. What does Mayo Clinic be seized of to say?
When you take an antibiotic to treat an infection, the drug can destroy some of the normal, helpful bacteria as well as the bacteria causing the disorder. Without enough healthy bacteria, C. difficile can quickly grow out of control.
If you require a serious illness, such as inflammatory bowel disease or colorectal cancer, or a weakened immune rule as a result of a healing condition or treatment (such as chemotherapy), you’re besides susceptible to a C. difficile pest.
For mild to moderate infection, doctors usually dictate metronidazole (Flagyl), taken by mouth. Metronidazole is not FDA approved because C. difficile infection, but has been shown to have ~ing effective in mild to moderate vitiation. Side effects of metronidazole include squeamishness and a bitter taste in your rant.
For more severe and recurrent cases, vancomycin (Vancocin), besides taken by mouth, may be prescribed.
That’s me! In the hospital, I was given vanco in flowing form in a syringe. I’d therefore squirt it in the back of my entrance and wash the foul tasting explanation down with whatever beverage was skilled. Now I have capsules to take and prevail upon home with me.
The standard system of treatment is two weeks. Dr. Farooq is concerned that isn’t slack enough.
“For cases like yours we many times ‘pulse’ dosing, slowly tapering the prescribed portion down over six weeks,” he before-mentioned. I promised to discuss it by Dr. Ticot.
I asked him granting that C. diff becomes antibiotic resistant. “Not verily,” he answered.
Apparently, using vanomycin is a real news, not so good news object. Good because, according to Dr. Farooq, it is remarkably selective, allowing other gut flora to extend. The bad news is it isn’t guaranteed to erase all the C. diff from your arrangement.
Learning that wasn’t very reassuring. Yes, he admitted that vanco is severe on your system and can in like manner contribute to my diarrhea. But at least eating yogurt and taking probiotics shouldn’t be a total waste of time.
It’s aggregate about balance. I guarantee you any thing: My GI tract is a far-seeing way from balanced right now!
Which brings me to my greatest C. diff chapter. Dr. Farooq asked me whether or not I was experiencing urges to extend, even when I didn’t take to. “YES!” I affirmed. He explained that turbulence is the culprit. “That should improve through time,” Dr. Farooq said, reassuring me.
Not sure I’m convinced.
Still, it does aid to know why things are the fashion they are. For example, I’ve been expert to avoid racing for the costume several times by taking slow, stable breaths and focusing on relaxing my colon. Doesn’t evermore work, but I try it suppose that my last stop was less than every hour earlier.
That’s how many times I’m sitting down “in in that place.” Thanks to reader suggestions, I’ve erudite all the tricks for doing flexible, damage free maintenance. But I state I’m getting bruises from plopping from a high to a low position on hard, cold toilet seats.
Lauren did part some news from Monday’s brain MRI. Apparently the pertaining to physics damage caused by the lesion allied by blood my brain stem is already shrinking and repairing itself. I’ll distinguish the actual report later today. I should too be able to catch a lurker preview of yesterday’s PET scrutinize results, too. I’ll share the “news” subsequent my regular morning post tomorrow afternoon. I perceive Dr. Tricot later in the promised time.
Is there any active myeloma left?
Feel upright and keep smiling! Pat
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