Hi, my dad is very ill, and near the end. He is in, and out of the hospital constantly. I live with with him, and am his primary caregiver. The trouble is that his none of his Dr.'s informed me about how contagious this infection is. They also neglected to tell me the precautions to take to avoid catching it myself! He has been home here with this nasty thing on and off for two months now. I was just told by a nurse friend of mine that I had to wear gloves all the time when handling anything he's used, and for all cleaning. Well, it's a little late for the info now don't you think? I am worried that I may already have caught this thing even though I have no symptoms. My friend told me that I'm young and healthy enough (yeah right 52!) to have more of a resistance to it. My concern though is that I've had many surgeries in the past (10), and have quite a bit of hardware in me including both hips, and an ankle. I've also had four bowel obstructions two of which required major surgeries. I am also after five years of caring for him completely stressed out beyond comprehension (but I know you guys know all about that!). I am worried that my immune system may be compromised due to all of these things. My friend told me I need to wear latex gloves all the time when near him, cleaning the house and handling anything he touches. I am thank God a good hand washer, and use bleach when cleaning his bathroom but I've touched tons of stuff including his bed linens, utensils, medication bottles and of course him!!!! I want to know if anyone has caught this nasty thing, and how do I know that I don't already have it? I just want as much info as possible because if I catch this thing it will be really bad both for him as well as myself. Any info will help! Thanks guys
Common example: puppies eat their own poop. This enables them to recycle bacteria they need for a healthy gut. Baby bunnies do the same thing.
I went online to find out more about how to control it. I found out that antibacterial gel (alcohol) doesn't kill it. Neither does most of the cleaning products with bleach in it. I mix 1 part bleach and 9 parts water to spray everything. During the time she had c-diff I washed all her clothes in hot water with high doses of bleach. It ruins nice clothes but you don't have a choice. You may just choose to replace clothes when your dad is cleared of the c-diff. You also need to wash all other clothes following a bleach water cleaning load in the washer.
If you have any other questions please ask. I know how difficult this is. It made me crazy. I was never a germaphobe before but now I fight it daily! We can get through this!