Health, defined by the condition of being sound in body, mind, or spirit; especially : freedom from physical disease or pain.
It can’t be bought, is usually taken for granted, and not easily restored.
Being diagnosed with a Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) or better known as C. diff., wasn’t too terrible. The directions were received from the doctor, medication was ordered and picked up at the pharmacy and recovery was right around the corner. So we thought.
It’s not an infection I want to talk about at the bowling alley with my friends, the family doesn’t understand it, not too sure the doc fully understood the road I was about to travel either.
The countless hours began sitting behind the computer searching, reading, freaking out at the copious amounts of negative words describing this bug.
So now I have a pile of information, a sick – sick stomach, bottles of meds, a few bills attached, the jumbo pack of T.P., and an on-line order of products that kill the spores that live in the fecal matter that cause the nightmare.
How in the world did I get this? Antibiotics? Out in the community? While visiting a friend in the healthcare building? Maybe at the local gym? Off a contaminated surface somewhere?
The possibilities are many.
It took over three months and three different meds to break the cycle.
Not what they call infected anymore but you tell my G.I. system that. Still living with the now and then symptoms and upsets. Never sure when the 100 yard dash is going to take place and always careful about eating out at social functions. Only four weeks post-C. diff. but I wanted to share a few words with everyone going through this.
Don’t give up and speak up because as the old saying goes the squeaky wheel gets the oil. Thanks to the C diff Foundation for the information and support. They understood the pain and suffering when others shunned me and walked away.
Steve C., Survivor