What I wish Someone Had Told Me

The bad news is you’ll continue to feel bad for quite some time. But the good news is that the vast majority of people receive one round of treatment, heal, and go on to better health with time. It’s usually not immediate. The antibiotics don’t just magically make you return to normal. They’re the first step in the process. And that’s frustrating for most people, me included. But c-diff traumatizes our GI tracts. Our bodies use all their strength and reserves to fight…while getting limited nutrition to help fuel the battle. It takes time to heal. I tell people to think about a broken bone, which is something we can see: it takes most fractures 6-8 weeks to heal. If you break a big one, like your tibia…that can take 20 weeks to heal. You don’t just go back to normal. The difference here is that everything is internal, so we don’t see the damage. Even though we can’t see it, the damage occurs to one of the biggest and most important organs in the humany body.  It takes time. And that’s the one thing I wished someone had told me to expect at the start of my journey. I’m now 21 weeks post-treatment, and my healing and recovery is coming along nicely.

Being this sick is really the worst kind of sick. Take care of your mental and emotional health in addition to your physical health. It all matters when you’re recovering.  

Read all my C-diff posts here.

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