• LOCATION: International
  • AGE: 36
  • GENDER: F
  • LENGTH: More than a year
  • SOURCE: Hospital Acquired

I am a 36-year-old woman living in Québec, Canada. I am a nurse. I’m married, and I have a little girl of sixteen months. My spouse has two other children.

After my emergency caesarean delivery on May 19, 2016, I had to take antibiotics due to medical complications (I had curettage and a uterine infection). I received antibiotics intravenously, and then I went home with Clavulin for seven days. Diarrhea started after my delivery, and I thought it was related to all the changes related to childbirth and the antibiotics. So, I waited a month before worrying when I saw mucus in my stool.

The doctor did some tests, and I was diagnosed with C. diff. I was already very stressed and anxious since childbirth, but then I started to have panic attacks. Next, my doctor prescribed Flagyl for fourteen days. I relapsed three days after the end of treatment, and he then prescribed Flagyl for fourteen more days. I again relapsed ten days later. After two rounds of Flagyl, my doctor prescribed Vancomycin in decreasing doses.

The Vancomycin worked, so my doctor had me continue taking Vancomycin over a long period of time. I have been taking it on and off for sixteen months now. My stools are always different. I never had abdominal pain, and I never had a fever. I’m still fine. The worst was my anxiety; I was afraid of complications and of dying. With all the fatigue and hormonal changes following a difficult childbirth, it’s hard to stay positive. Now I am much better mentally and physically. I take Zoloft to help me manage the anxiety. I recently finished another Vancomycin treatment, and also just completed treatment with fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) pills. I’m feeling good now!

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