A Clostridium difficile infection is a bacterial infection of the colon, and is very infectious/contagious. I won’t be over it for several weeks, I am told, but at least now I am being treated for it. We are trying to get a stool sample kit for Mrs. Z, as she also has an irritated bowel. I keep tracing the outbreak to some possibly contaminated pre-chopped onions that we bought at a nearby Publix the week before last, and used in two uncooked dishes we had for dinner (egg salad and tuna fish salad). Both of us experienced very gassy/farty symptoms from each meal.
I went to the hospital because I was up and down sick last week, with an irritated bowel that churned like a washing machine and became nearly uncontrollable two different times. By closest comparison, the symptoms were similar to but not exactly like those I had during my heart attack in late 2014. I eventually reported to the ER at West Florida Hospital since that is where I went when I had my heart attack two years ago. The ER doctor wanted to admit me for observation because of my cardiac history. Further cardiac evaluation revealed that my heart was fine, so the focus turned to my irritated bowel. A stool sample revealed the C. diff. infection.
While I was gone, my family went on a sterilization rampage around my house. The hospital also posted an infectious contact sign outside my room. I’m on metronidazole and probiotics to see if we can beat this down. We are being very careful to make sure this bug does not spread anywhere from me now that I am home.
This infection causes bad things under worst-case scenarios. My stomach is still churning, but we will see how this plays out over the course of antibiotics. I am otherwise fine and will eventually make it over to the sandbox in the Politics section.