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Teresa Mustain PDF Print E-mail

My sister and I lost our mother, Teresa Mustain, on March 7th, 2013. She was 57 and had been battling C. diff since October 2011. We were not surprised when she finally starrandTeresa Mustainpassed away, but shocked nonetheless. Her health continuously declined from that first bout.

Mom was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia back in 1992. She was also diabetic.

My mother was in and out of the hospital several times in the last 18 months. They'd rehydrate her, give her an antibiotic, and send her home. I think she started with the basic Metronidazole and that was repeated between October 2011 and May 2012. May 2012 found her hospitalized again. This time, they started her on Vancomycin. She was on this for 7 months straight - and she said she almost felt normal. Within a month of being off of it, she was back in the hospital for C. diff. They put her back on the Vancomycin. She finished that round and within a few weeks was yet again back in the hospital - this puts us at February 2013 - 3 days before her first of 3 surgeries. The surgery got postponed. This round of C. diff caused her kidneys and liver to begin failing.

Last Updated on Sunday, 07 July 2013 20:01
MaryAnn Dillon PDF Print E-mail

My name is MaryAnn Dillon. I am a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Room at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, where I have worked for about 25 years. I have worked maryann_dillonwith Helen Biegel, Peggy Lillis' sister for four years and we have talked about what happened to Peggy. We were all shocked and upset hearing the story of a healthy, 56-year-old dying from a Clostridium difficile (C. diff) infection.

About nine months ago, while I was working in the ER, I started to not feel well and lost consciousness at work. After an evaluation by North Shore-LIJ doctors, it was discovered that I had high white blood cell count and a low red blood cell count. The low RBC indicated a gastrointestinal bleed, for which I was treated, including a colonoscopy. The high WBC indicated an infection, so I was started on an antibiotic.

Last Updated on Sunday, 07 July 2013 20:03
Ricky Spiese PDF Print E-mail

In January of 2008, my Grandmother was placed in the hospital for kidney failure. Watching my Grandmother wither away to almost nothing was a huge strain on my Ricky_Spieseheart, especially after learning about what she was struggling with. We were always visiting my Grandmother, at least twice a week, and never took any sanitary precautions when we came to see her... As far as we were concerned, we never had to. My Grandmother unfortunately died about 9 months after she entered the hospital. She was an amazing woman and we still miss her to this day.

In April 2011, I took Cipro for a stye that had developed on my eye. The Cipro came in the form of eye drops and luckily did the trick with my stye. About a week or two later, my symptoms began. I was unable to sit through my classes at my University due to the constant diarrhea I was experiencing, and I had extreme pain in my stomach. After a couple of days it would subside, slightly, yet it always came back. Upon visiting my general practitioner, I was told to simply take fiber at bedtime. Not only did this not help my symptoms, it seemed to make them worse. I scheduled yet another appointment with my general practitioner, and submitted a stool sample to be tested. My results came back positive for the parasite Blastocystis Hominis, which my doctor described as something "that normally does not cause too much trouble." Regardless, I felt it necessary to be treated. I was placed on Flagyl for ten days, and felt like a million bucks afterwards. About two weeks later though, a few days before my 24th birthday, the diarrhea returned. I submitted yet another stool sample, yet this one came up positive for Clostridium difficile.

Last Updated on Sunday, 07 July 2013 20:04
Tiara Davis PDF Print E-mail

Tiara is currently battling C. diff. We are grateful to her for sharing her story. At 22, she is one of the youngest people we've heard from and another community-acquired case. We hope to update her story as she recovers. - Christian John Lillistiaradavis

I am a 22-year-old woman living in Jacksonville, Florida who was fairly healthy besides being severely anemic in December of 2011. My battle with clostridium difficile (C. diff) started on April 29, 2012. My first symptom was a severe shooting pain on my lower right side. I thought it was caused by my ovarian cyst. The next day I felt fine. I didn't really eat much but still felt okay. May 1st was the day it officially started. I was nauseated and couldn't handle drinking anything. I wasn't throwing up but I felt like it so I didn't want to ingest anything.

Between May 1st and May 6th, I went to three different emergency rooms. Two said it was the stomach flu and the third said they couldn't help me. I was taking Amoxicillin due to a urinary tract infection and I started feeling better. Then felt worse when I course of antibiotics was finished. I finally saw a gastroenterologist who thought I could have Giardia because my stool tested positive for inflammation.

Last Updated on Sunday, 07 July 2013 20:07
Pastor Vic PDF Print E-mail

I spent a few days last week at the Health Park Medical Center. As some of you know, two weeks ago I was at Church by myself setting up the piano and the P.A. system before the service when it Pastor_Vicfelt like a 24 hour stomach virus had hit me. After the service was over, I couldn’t wait to get home and climb back into my bed. I knew the next 24 hours would be miserable, so I set my mind to just letting myself be sick. My 24 hours turned into 240 hours --- ten days. Each day I thought I’d get better, but it didn’t happen. I am a tough old bird, but I finally asked Miss Bessie if she would call Doc Mauney and tell him I needed to see him. He said, “No. Go immediately to the E.R.” We went and I was admitted with dehydration and a nasty bug referred to as “C-diff. That is short for Clostridium difficile. It sounds horrible, and left untreated can cause nasty side effects, but mine was caught and treated with an antibiotic called Flagyl. We all have the C-diff bacteria in us, but when it gets out of balance and takes over, look out. If you want to know more, Google “C-diff.” There are several sites on there that explain it pretty well.

Last Updated on Sunday, 07 July 2013 20:08
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for the decisions you make based on this information and ecnourages you to visit your doctor if you suspect you have Clostridium difficile.