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RZR
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My 84-year-old mother has c-diff. She has been in the hospital for 1 week, and my sisters have been great and told me to stay away.

She will be coming home tomorrow. I really feel like I need to help with her care. Is she still contagious? Bathrooms and carpets have been thoroughly cleaned.

Any special precautions I should take?

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I have no idea but I wanted to send well wishes to your grandma. And stay safe wishes to you.

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RZR
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quote:
Originally posted by littlebit27:
I have no idea but I wanted to send well wishes to your grandma. And stay safe wishes to you.

Thank you so much....it's actually my mom.

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I'm so sorry. This must be so worrisome for you. Sending healing wishes to your mom.

Can you ask your LLMD about this?

You do want to be careful. If it were not your mom, I would suggest staying away. But if I were in your shoes... I'd want to be there for her, too.

So, that said... Is she still on abx for the C Diff? C Diff goes into a spore form, and that can stay around for years. Yikes. Even if she's no longer on abx, that could be an issue.

You might go to the C Diff support forum (google it) and get more tips - but at a minimum you will want to be extremely careful not to touch your face.

C Diff is transmitted the fecal to oral route usually. So don't touch your face, for starters.

Bleach will be your friend. Only bleach will kill C Diff. Bleach the bathrooms, doorknobs, etc. Don't use the same bathroom she uses, if you can avoid it.

Is your mom able to eat solid food yet? I lost a ton of weight with C Diff, and maybe you can make her some delicious broths and simple foods to get her started back on the road to healing her gut.

Actually, the C Diff support forum will probably have tips for comfort measures for your mom, too...

Sending golden healing light to your mother, and to you as well.

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I would not go near .. at least not for awhile. It's very contagious. Google it and read all the precautions. There are a lot of precautions to take!

Hope she is feeling better soon!!!

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I will have to be extra careful. I truly wish I could stay away, but I know my sisters just don't understand. I don't think they even have a clue how sick I am.

I feel that I have no choice but help with her care as she has alzheimers. We do have two caregivers that help, but my two sisters or I will be staying with her for a few hours a day.

I used gloves and bleached all doorknobs, bath, cleaned carpet, etc.

Will it help if I add flagyl to my abx? Is it hard on liver or kidneys?

I am taking so many drugs, it really scares me to keep adding....Mepron, Bactrim DS, Zith, plaquenil, Albenza, nystatin pills, and pulsing arteminisin. All are taken daily.

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For her or anyone in contact with her...
Cultrelle
Sacromyces boulardii
Both are good probiotics that are anti-Clostridia.

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quote:
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For her or anyone in contact with her...
Cultrelle
Sacromyces boulardii
Both are good probiotics that are anti-Clostridia.

Is Cultrelle better than VSL #3 for C diff prevention?

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I don't know if it is better, but my son's doctor has not recommended VSL #3 for a C. diff infection. She has recommended VSL #3 for other people for other reasons.
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Definitely take Florastor. And I would add Culturelle to the mix - so you'd take both VSL #3 and Culturelle. Theralac is good also.

My LLMD prefers VSL #3 over Culturelle - not sure why.

Ask your LLMD about adding Flagyl.

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Culturelle has a few different formulas...does it matter which one? One is dairy and gluten free...which is best?

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I don't think it matters unless dairy and gluten is an issue for you. I do think you should buy it in a refrigerated section instead of off the shelf.
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