Clinical Trial Awareness; Treating and Preventing a C.diff. Infection




C. diff. Spores and More Radio guest,
Sarah Mische, PhD discussed the value and importance of Clinical Trials worldwide.  Listen at your leisure and learn about the different phases, the efficacy, patient safety, and research and development that begins the process. Clinical Trials have a beginning, evaluations, FDA meetings, with time well spent by dedicated Science professionals, Clinicians, Health care Providers, and the individuals who are accepted to participate in the studies. It is an educational episode you won’t want to miss! Listen in and learn how we can Help them – to Help you – to Help others.


Risk Factors and Complications of Pneumonia in Seniors

Risk Factors and Complications of Pneumonia in the Elderly

Pneumonia is the leading cause of death due to infectious disease in the elderly and the 4th most common cause of death in the USA overall. Pneumonia also remains the second most frequent healthcare-acquired infection (HAI).  Statistics show the two groups most at risk are children under the age of five and in older adults over the age of 65. There are various complications that arise from pneumonia and developing in the geriatric population;;  Clostridium difficile Infection (C.diff.) which results in severe G.I.  distress with symptoms of watery stools (diarrhea) of three or more episodes within twenty-four hours. abdominal cramping, fever, nausea.

What are the symptoms of Pneumonia?

The signs and symptoms of pneumonia vary from mild to severe, depending on factors such as the type of germ causing the infection, and your age and overall health. Mild signs and symptoms often are similar to those of a cold or flu, but they last longer.

Signs and symptoms of pneumonia may include:

  • Chest pain when you breathe or cough
  • Confusion or changes in mental awareness (in adults age 65 and older)
  • Cough, which may produce phlegm
  • Fatigue
  • Fever, sweating and shaking chills
  • Lower than normal body temperature (in adults older than age 65 and people with weak immune systems)
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
  • Shortness of breath

Newborns and infants may not show any sign of the infection. Or they may vomit, have a fever and cough, appear restless or tired and without energy, or have difficulty breathing and eating.

Recent empirical evidence noted the co-occurrence of pneumonia with C.diff. among the elderly in the USA, commonly found due to the recent use of antibiotics and a C.diff. infection can develop within ninety days post-antibiotic therapy. Pneumonia misdiagnosis and inappropriate use of antimicrobial therapy to treat viral vs bacterial infections, are often associated with C.diff. outbreaks among the elderly.  In order to minimize the risk of the elderly contracting both pneumonia and the complications that relate to it, it is important to first and foremost understand  antibiotic therapy, the infection being treated and always discussing antibiotics with the healthcare providers before initiating treatment.  This course of action may prevent the elderly, who are more at risk,  of contracting this life-threatening respiratory disease and the complications that can arise.

Why is the senior population more at risk in developing pneumonia?


Seniors are simply frailer than their younger counterparts.  Frailty, however, doesn’t boil down to a single disease or diagnosis. One study outlines the condition as a combined decline across a number of physiological systems which cause a decreased resistance to general environmental stress.  One such common marker of frailty among the elderly is muscular weakness which can directly affect an individual’s ability to clear secretions from the lungs and subsequently avoid infection. It is due to the frail nature of the elderly that it is of vital importance to have effective life saving systems in place to assist both the elderly and their caretakers in times of need.

Compromised immune systems and senior health conditions

As we age our immune systems weaken, making it harder for us to fight off infections such as pneumonia. In addition to this, some drugs such as steroids as well as chemotherapy can further suppress immune responses.  Seniors may suffer from conditions such as heart disease, Diabetes and Alzheimer’s which also puts them at a greater risk along with lung conditions such as Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease  (COPD) Cystic Fibrosis,  to name a few diagnosis that directly contribute to the elevated risk of developing Pneumonia.


Seniors who have had surgery are more susceptible to pneumonia since their bodies are already working very hard to heal. Pain medications are often prescribed following surgical procedures but they can interfere with a patient’s breathing, causing them to take shallower breaths which in turn cause mucus to gather in the lungs.  The same applies to the use of sedative medicine and anesthesia.

Adults over the age of 65 fall into a high-risk group for both Pneumonia and acquiring a C.diff. infection and should seek medical attention as soon as any symptoms are present.  For some senior adults, especially those with underlying medical conditions such as chronic lung diseases and heart failure, pneumonia can very quickly become a life-threatening condition, underlining the importance of medical intervention as early as possible.


Article Donated by Guest Author – Lucy Wyndham

Edited by C Diff Foundation Staff Writers.


Sandra Hay Bryson A Dedication and Memorial Page


Sandra Hay Bryson

Our beloved mother, wife, sister, aunt, and friend was tragically and suddenly taken from us on the
19th of December 2007 at a young age of 50 after a routine operation and then acquiring a C.diff. infection,  leading to her death 4 days later.

I am Lesley, daughter of Sandra Hay Bryson, and I have decided to join a team and push myself physically, mentally, and emotionally by stepping completely outside of my comfort zone and participating in ‘Tough Mudder’  in
June 2018 . I will be running in my Mum’s memory and to help ‘Raise C.diff. Awareness.’






Your  show of support with a donation will be greatly appreciated to help promote C.diff. Awareness’ worldwide with the C Diff Foundation, a 501(c) (3)  non-profit global organization, established in 2012, and comprised of 100% volunteering professionals dedicated at supporting public health through education and advocating for
C. difficile infection (CDI) prevention, treatments, environmental safety, and support worldwide.

C Diff Foundation and C diff Survivors Alliance Network Winter 2017 Bulletin


Greetings from the main office of the C Diff Foundation and the C diff Survivors Alliance Network located in New Port Richey, Florida.  As we close 2017 we mark the 5th anniversary of the two organizations. We want to share with you a summary and reflection on this year’s events and campaigns moving our mission forward and message delivered worldwide. The mission and promoting C.diff. Awareness has been shared this year alone with over 81,453 listeners during Season III on C. diff. Spores and More Global Broadcasting Network (,  5,000+ visitors during global events, 9,600+ residents and business owners throughout villages and communities by our dedicated volunteer patient advocates, over 1,000 clinicians received up-to-date data expanding their knowledge during workshops and local symposiums offered worldwide, 3,000+ incoming national hot-line calls, with thousands of e-mails seeking information.

After each event, workshop, meeting — we thank the individuals for the five years of opportunity to provide the life-saving data educating and advocating for C. difficile infection prevention, treatments, environmental safety and support worldwide.  The mission of the C Diff Foundation is the momentum of charity that has proven effective and grown over the past five years.  A single act of charity grows into more and greater charity worldwide.  The work each member of the C Diff Foundation with the hundreds of Volunteer Patient Advocates, promote the Foundation’s mission which never stops with a single act.  Instead, it builds, it grows, and it expands into an exponential impact of good in the world helping to save lives.  We thank you for your continued support and encourage you to continue your journey, proposing three verbs important to the C Diff Foundation and the C diff Survivors Alliance Network in general.

The first of these verbs is “to promote” C.diff. Awareness. It is the first step that opens doors in educating individuals, clinicians, communities in learning more about this life-threatening infection which causes a great amount of pain and suffering around the globe.  It is essential and it is the compass in reaching shared goals.

The second verb is “to heighten awareness” across the nation to continue proclaiming November Clostridium difficile infection awareness month. The Governors proclaimed November C. difficile (C.diff) infection awareness month in 2017 and we encourage them “to welcome” this proclamation in 2018 with more than a yearly executive order of greeting or inviting their residents to take notice.  We look forward to working with delegates, with your support, to make this proclamation statement nationwide and welcome the importance of the time, education, programs, and agenda in place addressing this life-threatening infection.  The C Diff Foundation advocates and supports the individuals and families suffering during and after being treated for a C. diff. infection.

Finally, the third verb that the C Diff Foundation and C diff Survivors Alliance Network propose is “to go.”  Here we are all challenged to do something with the gifts we have been given and what we are able to do.  With the unity of members with volunteers with the patients, families, and clinicians we can make a difference with enthusiasm and simplicity to get up and go.  We can do for others what we could not do for ourselves during our illnesses, during the isolation, during the losses, during the pain and suffering.  As members of the C Diff Foundation we know that our enthusiasm  for our mission is the desire to bring awareness and
promote C. difficile infection prevention, treatments, environmental safety and support worldwide.  We witness the change by delivering the data and information within villages,  through major cities and  small communities — it is only by taking this path that we gain satisfaction knowing that the news is delivered with enthusiasm “to promote, to heighten awareness and to go” with the members and volunteers in the C Diff Foundation and C diff Survivors Alliance Network.

We are truly grateful for your continued dedication, efforts and support and thank you again for making this year’s November anniversary such a special occasion through the growth and advances made worldwide.   Let’s carry the mission into the New Year, carving new paths to witness the decline in newly diagnosed cases of Clostridium difficile (C.diff., C. difficile) infections and saving lives worldwide.

“None of us can do this alone ~ All of us can do this together.”



Recurrent C. diff. Infection; Begins With An Antibiotic and Ends With a FMT

Name: Melissa cabral


Your Story: I developed c diff colitis in July 2012 following clindamycin for a root canal. The first time I was in the hospital for 8 days. I had recurrent c diff after that until I finally had a fecal transplant. My husband was going to be my donor but he tested positive for c diff as well. My mother ended up being my donor and I’ve been c diff free ever since.


Recurrent C. diff. Infection Forces a Healthcare Professional Into Early Retirement

Name: Angie Martin

Your Story: I am a retired healthcare professional, I could not even begin to tell u what I have been thru the last 4 -1/2 yrs….from my FMT’s – to all going on now with my digestive system…IBS/ulcerative colitis, acid reflux and a few polyps that was having to be very careful with antibiotics. Allergic to quite a few..very slim margin for me for I don’t get c diff…I dealt with it for almost 3 yrs. A neg result is good news for me…I have been having problems now for the last 6 weeks. But don’t let it get me down. On rocky rd now…I can test neg in stool but yet be positive for it. I have changed my diet..a lot of changes in the last 5 yrs. Please never feel guilty. God made each and everyone of us unique..enjoy life the best we can.

Kudos to this group and the C Diff Foundation

College and A C. diff. Infection; A Note From a Student Beating the Odds

Name: Rebecca

C.diff.Survivors Name/s: Rebecca

Comment: I have beaten two rounds of c diff! While this was going on, I still managed to work on my college degree, make deans list, and help others. God put it on my heart to say this: when you put your mind to it, you can beat this!

Every day is a new opportunity and miracles happen every day!