Diverticulitis and C-Diff too :(
In spite of the name I am not really a beast! I took the name when my daughter gave me a Mother's Day card one year addressed to Beastmom! I later earned that name when she became a teenager. lol
My story actually begins last year which was filled with sorrow and stress that brought me to a new low this year. My car broke down in February and still sits in my garage, the non-profit I worked for closed abruptly in March, my Mom who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's/Dementia a number of years ago developed a quick developing cancer and we lost her in June. As her only daughter of four children this hit me so hard. Stress, anxiety and depression sets in and early this year I started having pains in the abdomen with bowel change habits but being of limited income I was trying to save money for the mortgage and necessities etc. instead of a doctor. I was so tired and only found relief sitting with a heating pad on my abdomen. The fatigue was overwhelming and I ended up giving up my business which had been growing because I could no longer do it but I did not give up the job search.
In May I got a job offer that would begin the end of June so I figured I had time to take care of this issue before as I really knew I would not be able to maintain that position I was offered full time but I really needed that job.
I went to my PCP and was given a referral to a GI specialist who did a brief interview with no physical exam and told me I needed a colonoscopy which I had on 7/26 as an outpatient. I never left there as an ambulance was called and I was admitted by the ER and stayed in the hospital for six days hooked up to IVs and liquid diet. I had severe diverticulitis with an abscess and small perforation. At the end of my stay I was sent home with a 10 day supply of antibiotics and began to slowly feel better. The doctor had told me I could even return to work!
The antibiotics were done and I gradually began to decline again and the 3rd night I felt so ill with fever, unending thirst, diahrrea and vomiting that I called an ambulance as nobody was home to take me to the hospital. I was admitted again for another 5 days, this time the diagnosis was c-diff. When I was going to the hospital in the ambulance all I could think was DNR DNR... the pain was so horrible and the never ending diahrrea was so physically draining. Mentally I did not care about anything and I have two wonderful kids and five grandkids I am very close to.
I have managed to stay out of the hospital for 2 weeks now with a 30 day supply of antibiotics for the abscess/divirticulitis and Flagyl and Oxycodone. I had felt I was doing better but the last couple of days not as good as I thought. The fatigue is overwhelming, I try and load the dishwasher or do something small and five minutes later I have to sit down and rest for at least a half hour. My stool is still far from normal but it is not the diarrhea it was although the other day the odor of the c-diff appears to be back.
I am so tired of this... how long is this supposed to last? I have always been a strong person but this has totally set me on my rear.