Sarah, Jen, and everyone....Well, sorry for dragging this on and on, but wanted to pass along some info I got today. My doctor wanted to check on my progress...a great doctor indeed!!! Sarah, you were right about the prednisone. She told me she initially gave it to me because she hadn't received the test results and gave me prednisone because she thought it was my UC flare. Today, she cut it from 20mg. to 10 and will begin taper in a few days. Also, Jen..be patient with C.diff...so I was told. I've been taking Vancomycin since last Friday... and yesterday, I didn't have a fever!!! Still have diarrhea but no as much urgency. No visible blood or 'slime'. aaaack!!! Doc told me I'm on the way, but it will take time so take ALL of the Vanco. she prescribed and two days before I run out, call her to let her know if the diarrhea has quit totally. If not...she will prescribe another round, but doesn't want to if it isn't really necessary. She also told me, she had intended to admit me into the hospital this week if I hadn't seen any change at all. WHEW!!! Hadn't expected THAT. I HATE hospitals!! I think that's where I picked this mess up...but I don't really know. She told me as you guys did....bleach is the only cleaner that will kill it. I thought I'd been doing such a great job by using gallons of alcohol based hand sanitizer. Like you guys told me....good washing with hot water and soap is the best thing to practice...and clean EVERYTHING with bleach, which I've done. LOL Sorry for the long babble, but I've been messing around with this for so long....I didn't realize just how dangerous C. diff can be. Thanks again all...be safe, stay as well as possible and thank you for the comments and suggestions, they ARE appreciated!!
Geezer -- That's great to hear! Sounds like you have a good doctor. Everything she said jives with what I know and have experienced with c-diff. How are you doing now?
Tblock -- I'm so sorry to hear you are still suffering. I felt the exact same way when I had c-diff. -- that I would much prefer a UC flare! And that is saying A LOT! Keep hanging in there. You WILL get better eventually.
35 years old; diagnosed UC March 2007 (prob. pancolitis; couldn't get scope all the way thru).
9-29-16: chronic and active proctosigmoiditis (infectious cause). Battled reoccuring campylobacter & c diff. Oct-Dec 2016. Remission since Dec. 25, 2016 until I started smoking again May 2018 after 9 yrs quit. Maintenance: Delzicol, 6, 2xday; Rowasa nightly. Started Remicade 7/25/19.