It's Thursday night, the Stem Cell Collection process is complete, and I'm still looking at the same Dallas skyline - meaning we're still in the hospital.
Bob's pain, in his abdomen continued to worsen and late yesterday (Wednesday) we were told that he had an infection in his intestines. The culprit is C.diff (Clostridium difficile). Because we are on the transplant floor, and the infection usually attacks people with compromised immune systems; everyone entering Bob's room must wear gowns and gloves. So now, the nurses just love (not) having to come into his room. Everytime I touch him, I must wash my hands - and no eating or drinking behind him.
It causes flu-like symptoms; cramping, nausea, vomiting, dehydration, weakness, fatigue, etc. Since Bob has had some of these symptoms for quite awhile, I can't help but wonder how long it has been in his system, undetected. It does not appear in blood tests, and is only diagnosed with stool samples.
Antibiotic usage is usually the initial cause of this disease, and antibiotics are usually the cause of recurrent cases (it can return). But, it takes a powerful antibiotic to treat it!! Only soap and water, for hand washing, are effective - it is resistant to the alcohol based hand cleaners.
He has now had 4 doses of Flagyl and is beginning to show some improvement.
The Stem Cell Transplant, scheduled to begin March 14, has now been postponed because of the infection, as well as Bob's weakened condition. He needs time to recover - Phase 4 won't be a picnic!!