Viruses and C-Diff
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Posted 15 April 2012 - 03:37 PM
My husband is suffering from C Diff right now. He was hospitalized for 4 days last week. Sad part is he was in the ER the week before and then again the next day and admitted over night only to be released the next morning saying it was "just IBS" then the following week, exactly one week to the day, back at the ER again, sent home with "it's just IBS" and the next morning back again and admitted. The following day after stool tests was confirmed it was C Diff which at the time neither of us had ever heard of. Ok so here's the thing, he has NOT been on antibiotics for a long time. They kept asking about it and he hasn't been. After talking to the Infectious Disease nurse it was decided he had to of picked it up at the ER from someone who didn't wash their hands after using the bathroom. So this was totally preventable. I told her that I noticed in the triage the nurse used the same blood pressure cuff, finger pulse tester and thermometer that they just rub across your forehead without cleaning it before or after using it on him. So it's very likely that's how he got it. I also noticed that while he was down having a scan they moved us out to the hallway because they were packed and needed his room for a new patient. While he was still on the bed down at the scan, they brought the new guy in on a new bed, BUT did not clean the room. I was sitting right outside of it in the hallway. We had been touching the table, remote control and call button and they did not clean any of that before bringing in the next patient. They told us C Diff is from antibiotic use but if not from that you pick it up in hospitals and nursing homes. Well if they don't clean the ER between patients or the equipment between patients it's no wonder it's spreading faster than MRSA. The infectious disease nurse said she was going to use that info in her next email to everyone at the hospital because she had just sent one asking "how can we prevent this" she said she had a feeling that was what was going on in the ER and now that I told her she is definitely going to bring it up. This all angers me as I watch him suffer knowing that if the person who had it had just washed their hands and if the ER would clean their bathrooms and equipment more often he may not have contracted this at all. He's been on antibiotics now for 5 or 6 days and is not feeling any better at all. I'm really concerned about why he's not starting to feel better. How long after starting the antibiotic should he start seeing an improvement? I'm also upset because maybe if they had done the stool test the week before when he was in the ER or admitted overnight maybe we could of caught it before it got this bad. Why do they not test for it in patients with IBS? I do know from now on when he goes to the ER in horrible pain, diarrhea and nausea I will insist they do a stool test.
Posted 15 April 2012 - 07:24 PM
Oh lord, I am sorry your hubby is going through all this. This is why I will NOT go to the hospital ever unless I absolutely have to. They are disgustingly filthy!! And I hate to say it, but alot of times the nurses and even doctors are too lazy to wash their hands. They do not even read your charts half the time. I remember when I had to have a procedure done a few years back I had told the nurse that I was allergic to latex. Well get this, Every nurse that came in to see me proceeded to put latex gloves on! I then after telling the third nurse that came in had to tell her to put a BIG sign up above my bed that I was allergic to latex. OK, this is where it gets pathetic. Even with that huge sign, I still had a nurse come in and put on the latex gloves. I just pointed to the sign, she was like, OH, I didn't see the sign. Unfortunately, ignorance of some doctors, nurses and hospital staff is why there are so many people lying in graves in the cemetary.One thing to remember is if you ever have to go to the hospital again, DO NOT touch ANYTHING!! Or you can bring your own bleach and clean the areas that you have to touch. I would do this. All those hand sanitizers and lysol DO NOT kill C-diff. Only bleach will. You cannot depend on the hospital or nurses to be clean. You have to be in charge. If you see something you do not like or feel comfortable with ( like a nurse touching you or your hubby without washing her hands thouroughly, then do not hesitate to tell her! Believe me, your best interest in NOT their best interest unfortunately. You got to look out for yourself. I hope your hubby feels better soon. Oh, is he taking a strong probiotic? I would get him on one. Also there is a type of probiotic that you can get at walgreens( not sure where you live), but it is called florastor. It is a yeast that can help with the C-diff. Hope he gets better soon.
Posted 16 April 2012 - 08:47 AM
If I knew then what I know now I think I would of worn gloves and a mask. He got the C Diff at the hospital, had to since we had been no where else to catch it. And then when I had to take him back in because he got worse, I caught a horrible cold and cough and have been sick in bed for the past few days. I know I caught it there too because being he's been home sick and I work at home and we have no children at home anymore I have not been around anyone to catch this from.
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