Starting Over with Clostridium Difficile

As I switched from taking Vancomycin every day to taking it every three days, I started getting worse again. Today, I met Physician Assistant Erika Mantsch at Madison Medical Affiliates office at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital. She decided the best thing to do would be to start another regimen of Vancomycin.  Six more weeks. She was confident the protocol they follow is more effective than the one I just completed. I am also to follow a low fiber diet. She gave me a list of what I can and cannot eat. The list of food to avoid, reads like my regular diet.  NO raw vegetables or fruit, only the dozen veggies listed cooked to very soft. NO dried fruits, nuts, seeds, whole grains, peas or beans.  NO fried foods.  It is easier to digest and will give my colon a break.  It is discouraging to say the least.

So today, we made the official decision to cancel our trip westward for 2016. We’ll stay right where we are for at least six more weeks. Being with grandsons will make it better.

 

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20 thoughts on “Starting Over with Clostridium Difficile

  1. leggypeggy July 21, 2016 / 12:51 am

    Nothing to like about this post except that you will be with your grandsons.

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  2. M. L. Kappa July 21, 2016 / 1:15 am

    A wise decision, I think. And you should stick to the diet, hopefully it will have an effect as well. Enjoy the grandchildren – a big pauyoff

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    • Dinata Misovec July 21, 2016 / 11:03 pm

      Actually, the low fiber diet won’t be that bad. It’s just not how I normally eat.

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  3. mollyblossom2014 July 21, 2016 / 3:17 am

    I’m so sorry, Dinata! But you’ve surely made the right decision.

    Love & hugs, Betsy

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    • Dinata Misovec July 21, 2016 / 11:05 pm

      It’s not the end of the world. I love it here in Wisconsin in the summer. But, I had great plans to see Grand Tetons, Jackson Hole, Crater Lake, son Christopher, Joshua Tree, Big Bend and a couple other friends and cool places. Andy is going to change the title of that trip plan to 2017.

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  4. Frank Wilmer July 21, 2016 / 6:17 am

    hi….you’re in Wisconsin I think…. I was just going to ask you about your diet–sounds like a good plan…. Should be a fun 6 weeks with the kids! You’ll be getting well now, girl!

    jane

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    • Dinata Misovec July 21, 2016 / 11:07 pm

      I have been wondering about the diet and how much effect it will have. I have never considered any food to be any kind of problem. Just eat it.

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  5. Mala Burt July 21, 2016 / 6:40 am

    Good decision to stay in one place until this nasty bug is finally under control.

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    • Dinata Misovec July 21, 2016 / 11:08 pm

      Yes, we had thought that from the beginning, but the one place to be is here in Wisconsin with the grandsons to keep my spirits up.

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  6. Sharon Starling July 21, 2016 / 8:48 am

    I’m so sorry. This stinks-pardon any puns.

    Shar

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  7. Pat Honeycutt July 21, 2016 / 10:39 am

    Hope you get well soon. I know it is discouraging at times. Hope this round of medication will heal you.

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    • Dinata Misovec July 21, 2016 / 11:10 pm

      Thanks Pat. The PA seems to think it will. My daughter Jennifer and I were wondering yesterday: if that fecal transplant is 90% effective, why don’t they do that first instead of messing with super expensive drugs for months on end? I don’t know the answer.

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  8. kokomofotwo July 21, 2016 / 11:04 am

    Sending you  our best wishes and hoping for a speedy and complete recovery. Jim and Kate

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  9. pensitivity101 July 24, 2016 / 4:06 am

    Oh my word, and I thought I had dietary problems! Hope things settle down for you.
    Thanks for the follow and for putting Maggie on your blogroll.

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    • Dinata Misovec July 29, 2016 / 6:36 pm

      Thanks for the good wishes. I never even heard of C-Diff before this. The most discouraging thing is that having had the problem once, I am more likely to get it again (30% more).

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  10. milliethom August 9, 2016 / 6:04 am

    Not good news in this post, but I know you’ll really enjoy being with your grandsons. There’ll be plenty of time for trips once you’re well.

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    • Dinata Misovec August 9, 2016 / 9:54 pm

      I read that Clostridium Difficile can be tough to get rid of, but didn’t think that meant for me! I’m so healthy!

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