A Farm Built from Illness


How it all began

September 2014 was a time in my life when I learned one of life’s hardest lessons of my life. This lesson came with consequences that I continue to live with even to this very day. I woke up one fall morning with a horrendous sore throat plaguing me. I quickly called my physician to setup an appointment to rule out strep throat, which I typically caught a few times a year. The test was gratefully negative but the Doctor decided it was tonsillitis and required a prescription for Amoxicillin. Oh - If I only knew then what I know now, I would have done things so differently.

Within three days of beginning on those antibiotics, my life changed forever. Antibiotics changed my life? Yes, they did! We live in a society where we expect easy fast solutions to just about everything. A sore throat that likely only required a few days of rest and maybe the addition of some soup, popsicles, and Advil was instead treated with Dexamethasone and Amoxicillin. My stomach began to ache on day three of the 10-day course. By day five I could no longer keep food in, within seconds of eating, the food and it’s nutrition was lost down the drain. As day seven rolled around I stopped taking the prescription, I could not take it anymore! Now everything should have gotten better right? Not even close!

Round One

a little something

I downed Imodium (anti-diarrhea medication) as if it were candy, taking the maximum allowed dosage for weeks, hoping my body would return to normal. Leaving the house was no longer an option, a five-minute trip to town could end in embarrassment and anguish. After a month of dealing with the extreme diarrhea it was time to call in the cavalry. It took only one phone call to the doctor to prompt a bit of panic. I left a message for the doctor who quickly returned my call instructing me to do a fecal sample that day. She had a bit of urgency in her voice, which scared me a little. She stated the results would be back within forty-eight hours. The sample was taken to the hospital on Friday at four and I received a call Saturday at nine in the morning. The nice doctor on the other end explained she was the on-call emergency doctor for the weekend and she needed me to listen very well. That I had contracted C-diff (Clostridium difficile) and was terribly infectious…..what?I had never heard of C-diff up until this point. She called in some medications and nicely told me to stay home and follow up with my family doctor Monday morning. Ok let me get this right, an illness brought on by antibiotics required more antibiotics?

Round Two

This should have been the end of it right? Take fourteen days of antibiotics and all would be quickly healed? Nope not even close! I finished the first round and within three days of completion all the signs began to comeback. Are you kidding me? With another call to the doctor another sample was taken in. This one came back clear? Ok, it must all be in my head? After a month with no resolution to be spoken of, I called an old-friend who worked for a gastroenterologist. With her connection I was able to see the specialist in just a few weeks. We were well into November at this point, Thanksgiving was right around the corner. The appointment was quick and another sample was ordered. In less than 12 hours that dreaded phone call came once again. C-diff Positive-ugghhhh, I just wanted my life back. This time 30 days of the terrible antibiotics. By day15 the antibiotic treatment began to leave me sad, depressed, even a little suicidal at times. I survived round two! But by this point I was becoming frail and lifeless.

Round Three


4/30/2019 4:32:16 PM

Oh my! You are so inspiring. I am home 2 months now (knock on wood) after being in the hospital for 9 months. I had to learn to walk and move again. The dreaded c-diff is at bay for now. I am also trying food as a defense. I have always grown everything I can and no processed foods, etc. Again, thank you for sharing.

3/27/2019 10:14:57 AM

I am so sorry that your husband went through this! No one deserves the anguish that comes with CDIFF. I hope that he continues to heal.

1/22/2019 6:59:10 PM

Carrie, the same thing happened to my husband a few years ago. One of our cats bit him on the thumb, which caused his whole arm to swell up like a balloon. He was prescribed broad-spectrum antibiotics, which wiped everything. Next thing we knew, he had diarrhea constantly and couldn't keep anything down. They put him on another antibiotic to kill the C. difficile, even IV antibiotics. And it would work for awhile, but then he'd be right back to diarrhea all over again. After a couple times of this, I put him on a high-potency probiotic, and that did the trick. A few weeks of that and he was back to normal. Of course, we were eating healthy, real food too. No junk and processed foods. Definitely a learning experience for us, and one I hope we never have to repeat.

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