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Old 10-16-2006, 10:43 AM   #1
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Re: C-diff

I'm a nurse, I've seen plenty of c diff.
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Old 10-16-2006, 10:48 AM   #3
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Re: C-diff

Our GI's office wants me to bring in stool samples from Corey to check for it.... when I called our ped's office about it they said they wanted to see him right away? I have been in tears all morning here, I haven't even attempted to look and see what it is.

I originally called the GI on Friday because Corey had mucous in his stools again, they never got back to me until I called (angry) this morning. He still has the mucous in his stools, they are bright green and he's having very painful gas.
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C diff isn't that big of a deal, it can be easily treated. It is mostly an oppurtunistic bacteria. Usually people get it after being on antibiotics. C diff actually lives in the intestine and is considered a bad bacteria if it gets out of control. The good bacteria keeps the c diff under control and keeps it from flourishing. If the antibiotics kill off the good bacteria, the c diff can grow and wreak some havoc on the intestines. It causes diarrhea and cramping. It also smells terrible, once you smell it you will never forget it. Most of us in healthcare can diagnose it from a sniff It isn't terribly contagious as long as you are washing your hands real good after changing diapers. Washing in hot should kill what is in the diapers although you might want to move the pail into a garage if you can until he gets over it. I would clean the pail with bleach after washing diapers too. Here is good site that explains it pretty simply. I hope Corey is feeling better soon

http://www.cdiffsupport.com/aboutcdiff.html

ETA from you described Coreys symptoms sound more like rotavirus. The green stools are more consistant with rotavirus than c diff although I have seen it in c diff.
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Re: C-diff

Thanks for explaining and the link Kim, I feel a bit better after reading that.
He's never been on antibiotics, so maybe that's not what it is. The poor kid has just been through so much, I wish we could get his belly feeling better
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Old 10-16-2006, 11:36 AM   #6
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Re: C-diff

My dfd was diagnosed with c. diff at 4 mo old. A round of vancomycin took care of it. I have to say the vanco seemed to make her feel a lot worse than the c. diff did.......she was miserable and it actually made her have blood in her pooh. Her pooh was bright green, and the smell is something like sulfery-boiled eggish-barfy. She also had never been on antibiotics, in fact she had none of the risk factors for having it.

I would highly recommend you read everything you can find on c. diff if your son is diagnosed. The spores can hang around for YEARS, so it's best to be as careful as you can with changing and diaper areas. And everyone needs to wash, wash, wash!
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