Daily Archives: August 23, 2013

The Down Side of Antibiotics

Today’s blog is going to be a little different from our normal conversations “over the backyard fence”. Today, I’m climbing on my soapbox to talk for a moment about antibiotics.

Most of you know that my Mom has been in the hospital a couple of times over the past 2+ months. The reason for this is an intestinal bug called Clostridium Difficile. “C Diff” for short.

C Diff is nasty. It’s a bacteria that normally lives in your colon, but doesn’t rear its ugly head unless something upsets the balance of good and bad bacteria. Something like taking antibiotics, which kills bad stuff, but also kills the good bacteria that suppresses C Diff.

My mother got bronchitis in May. It took two rounds of two different antibiotics to get her feeling better. Yet because of those antibiotics, we almost lost her. No one told us how important it was to take Probiotics (good bacteria) and eat yogurt while taking the antibiotics for the bronchitis.

The only way to get over C Diff is more antibiotics. Everything we’ve been told or researched about it indicates this bug is antibiotic resistant. There are only 2 or 3 drugs it will respond to. And it can take 6 months or better to get past it.

Mom has had three hospitalizations in the past two and a half months. Like clockwork, each time she finishes an antibiotic regimen, the symptoms come back 4 days later. It’s been a frustrating time, since she loves living independently at age 89 and has spent more time in the hospital or with one of us kids (not that she minds that. 🙂 ) than she has at home, it seems.

So here’s my soapbox. If you take any antibiotics, especially broad spectrum ones like Cipro and Amoxicillin, please, please make sure you are eating yogurt and/or taking Probiotics (acidophilis lactobacillis) during and after the medication regimen.

And pass the word along. I was shocked that neither myself or anyone else in my family knew about this. Where have we been?  So I just want to do my part to get the word out there a little further, because this is an ugly little bug.

At the time I’m writing this, Mom seems to be doing better with this intestinal bug, but is still not feeling up to snuff. Getting her energy back will take time, I know. But she’d sure like to resume her normal life.

For more information on C Diff, I suggest the Mayo Clinic
site. It’s my go-to site for medical research.