It's 11:10 PM CST ---- not much time to bust this post out. I normally write my posts the night before and post them the next morning. Things got hairy yesterday and I haven't had any time to sit down and do anything much less write a blog post.
Short and Sweet just like Sophie:
Most of you know Sophie has been sick again for a few weeks I blogged about it here. We've been in to the hospital a couple of times to do blood work and stool studies. Sophie is on a 1st name basis with all the lab techs at CMC-Legacy and even tells them that she prefers room #3 because it has the best stickers (Tangled). We are there a lot.
As Sophie's GI and I had been mulling over meds and treatment plans we were both really struggling with our next step. Her GI loves her, is so kind and seems to genuinely care about Sophie and her well-being. He called Friday and told me her lab results were back and Sophie has C-Diff.
C - difficile is a bacteria in your intestines. It is found normally in healthy and ill people alike. There are millions, perhaps billions of different types of bacteria in your body. Bacteria are an important part of your health. They help break down and digest food. They also ward off many "bad" or foreign bacteria that you may come in contact with. In fact, the "good" or normal bacteria on your hands can kill certain bad bacteria which you may pick up handling food or touching everyday items and fixtures.
Your body has lots of "good" and necessary bacteria. It also has some "bad" or dangerous bacteria. Clostridium difficile is a "bad" bacteria. Fortunately, when you are healthy and not taking antibiotics, the millions of good bacteria in your system keep the c - diff under control and in smaller numbers. However, when you take an antibiotic, the levels of good bacteria are reduced down to a smaller number. If your c-diff is strong and doesn't get killed by the antibiotic along with the good bacteria, then it is possible that the c-diff will overpopulate inside your intestine or colon. When this happens, you may get the illness called clostridium difficile colitis.
When you have an imbalance of bacteria and c-diff takes over, it creates two main types of toxins that affect your body and give you the symptoms of the actual disease. The toxins attack your intestinal wall and left untreated may cause ulcerations. Your symptoms may include diarrhea and cramping at first. The later stages are commonly flu-like symptoms of weakness, dehydration, fever, nausea, vomiting and in advanced stages - blood in your stool / feces. If a patient is left untreated, they can die from it. It is rare for it to be left untreated.
Patients with ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease have been known to develop C. difficile colitis without exposure to antibiotics.
I had to pull Sophie out of school on Friday and she will not be allowed to return until we get her all better. Which could take days, weeks or even months. We started her on Flagyl and Florastor on Friday and will see how she is responding on Monday.
Sophie is pretty sick and she is very sad that she can't go to school or play with her friends. We are trying to keep her in good spirits and for the most part we are pretty successful. She's one tough little cookie.
Ok - it wasn't that short but now you know what is going on in my world. Oh yea - and diabetes is kicking my arse. It may be time for me to actually log some numbers. UGH!!
This post was written as part of NHBPM – 30 health posts in 30 days: http://bit.ly/vU0g9J
11:46 PM --- why did this take so long? I'm going to bed now.