How long does clostridium-difficile last?

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My Mother caught this horrible illness after her doctor refused to test her, even though I told him there was blood. She went to a new doctor and he sent her to the hospital and they were going to send her home but I requested rehab at the NH. The request was due to my father in law , grandson, and my own children, wanting to keep them well. With all of them in the home just couldn't and didn't want to take the chance. She has been in there for 30 days and still has it. Should I be concerned or will she ever really get rid of it. I would like to bring her back home but now she is also not sitting up or walking since this illness started. Has anyone got any advice?

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Oh my gosh! I just was notified by my doctor that I have c diff I am 42 years old and doctor say I picked it up at work I am a Med Tech / Caregiver. I have been feeling so bad like I am on my death bed can't eat it hurts to move I pray I get better these stories are really scaring me I am on antibiotics now thanks for the info.
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my husband was admitted to the hospital with a urinary tract infection, infected pancreas and sepsis. He was given lots of antibiotics, not sure how many or what they were. He was released to rehab one day after coming out of ICU. He spent four days there and was neglected. He had a bowel movement that was black. He improved a little and then one night he managed to get out of the bed and was found in the floor the next day. When he began acting "strange" they sent him to the emergency room. He was readmitted mostly because he was out of his head. They didn't know what was wrong with him, it was terrible the way he carried on . I know now it was delirium. He began to have bad diarrhea and we mentioned it to his doctor's assistant. She said he might have C-Diff and wanted his stool tested. The nurses said it didn't smell bad enough to be C-Diff. In the meantime they inserted a feeding tube in his stomach. He was so delirious they had to put mitts on his hands which tormented him. They began giving him iron in an IV and asked my permission to give him a transfusion. They gave him two. Then they suctioned blood from his feeding tube and said he was bleeding internally. He was being treated for C-Diff and the nurses began wearing gowns and gloves. His delirium got worse and worse. The doctor said that he would not be able to stand tests to see where the bleeding was coming from and suggested hospice. We agreed and they came and removed everything from him and only kept giving the morphine and adivan for anxiety. It was started on our 57th wedding anniversary and he never spoke again. He lasted 15 days with no water or food. He died on Dec 13th 2016 with one daughter holding her hand over his heart and me holding his hands. My other daughter was whimpering like a wounded animal. I don't have the death certificate yet but after reading about C-Diff and everything it can do I think that is why he died. I believe it had caused holes in his intestines and that is why he was bleeding. He never said goodby and didn't talk to us for the 15 days he was on hospice. It was so very, very hard.
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Yes, contact the CDC. My husband was was stage1 ALS, dec 1st he was hospitalized with c-diff, after a month, he was having severe diahrea and vomiting feces. I had to call the CDC or they would have killed him. He was not being treated right, and the hospital did not call their CDC dr ON CONTRACT WITH THE HOSITAL UNTIL I HAD ALREADY CALLED THE CDC about them. She was a specialist on infectious disease. Don't trust the staff where she is located. Good luck to you, my husband died 3 months later,he never recovered from it. He was only 62
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Yes, contact the CDC. My husband was was stage1 ALS, dec 1st he was hospitalized with c-diff, after a month, he was having severe diahrea and vomiting feces. I had to call the CDC or they would have killed him. He was not being treated right, and the hospital did not call their CDC dr ON CONTRACT WITH THE HOSITAL UNTIL I HAD ALREADY CALLED THE CDC about them. She was a specialist on infectious disease. Don't trust the staff where she is located. Good luck to you, my husband died 3 months later,he never recovered from it.
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My dad recently contracted C-Diff while being treated for a UTI at a rehab facility. My frustration is the facility only told me my dad had a infection not what kind, or to take any precautions. He was sent home with the C-Diff with no precautions explained to me. Three days later he is in the hospital being treated for it and the hospital fully explained the infection and precautions that need to be taken. My fear is that myself and my family has been exposed. My question is what can we do to insure we do not develop symptoms?
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My 90 yr old mother had CDif in 2012 while in rehab after a broken leg/surgery. She came through with only one round of the antibiotics and has been symptom free ever since. This fall, she has had several infections...from pink eye, ear infection to UTI and then in December she started having diarrhea on Sunday and Monday for 3 weeks...the rest of the week she was fine. Her doctor ran the cdif test and lo and behold she has come back positive! she is showing no symptoms...in fact she is having good BMs...she will finish the meds today and her dr has told me she will be quarantined for another 2 weeks as he will not do a recheck until then.... She is in a memory care unit of asst living and I see her abilities dwindling after one week of not walking and moving around. I am with her every day , making her walk a few steps around her room, entertaining her with magazines, movies, and simple exercise. I am so concerned that the lack of movement etc. is going to do irreparable harm but I have no choice. I understood that we all have this bacteria in our bodies...my question is...could she be a carrier of this now and that is why she came back with a positive report or should I thank my lucky stars that we caught it quickly and she will come through with minimal damage? any thoughts?
My heart goes out to all of you who have lost a family member to this bacteria...My brother in law who was 76 lost his life to this..He was taking antibiotics to get ready for dental surgery and got Cdif - it killed him 5 days after his diagnosis!
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I got C-dif during hospitalization to treat diverticulitis. 19 days later,I finally started to recover. I was 48. Since then I have had a colon resection and so far I have avoided the traumatizing reinfection. Nothing has been the same "bathroom wise" for me since I got c-dif, but after working diligently on bowl health for 14 months I finally feel good. I contribute that to drinking kefir water daily. Even better then any probiotic on the market.
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This my 3rd round with C-Dif inside of a years time. The first time doctor used Flagil, next time the Flagil did not work, then moved on to Vancomucin , it slowed it down for a while but now I fear it is back, spent three days in hospital getting pain under control.Now I am scared, the meds are expensive, and the doctor copay are pilling up. I have not lost my appetite but am tired all time with upset stomache, abdominal pain, loose bowels, and a sore hind end
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First of all I'm so sorry for what you're going through. I know how hard it is. I think you just need to remember that even if she was treated with antibiotics her quality of life wouldn't be what she or you would want. I agree with purplesushi. At some point let nature take its' course. My brother and I decided a few months ago that we would no longer treat my 90 year old mom with anticiotics for anything. Over 3 1/2 years ago after back surgerery she got c.diff and it basically ended her life as she knew it. They treated it for many, many months then quit treating it with anitbiotics. Funny thing is, once they quit treating the c.diff went away. Having said that it would have been better if the Lord would have just taken her. She's had a miserable existance since and it's been heart breaking. Please try to rejoice in the fact that she will no longer be suffering if and when she passes. No one should have to live like some of our loved ones are living. I know my mom wouldn't. Stay strong.
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(((hugs for sadcindy))) It really is hard watching our parents suffer. When meds only prolong the suffering instead of curing the problem I believe, no matter how difficult, that sometimes it is best to let nature take it's course. It is very sad, but what kind of life are they really living? Sometimes I think antibiotics are a hindrance instead of a help - and doctors are so afraid of lawsuits that they don't dare "not" treat an infection, even if they know it will never be cured. The whole situation is sad. May you find peace with your decision, and may your Mom find peace as well.
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