Major change in diet due to illness not D.

By Turtle Latest Reply 2012-10-26 23:43:24 -0500
Started 2012-10-20 19:39:20 -0500

Several years ago, when I was in a rehab center for one of my knee replacements, and on strong antibiotics, I got c-diff. It is a mega-bug in the intestines that is contageious and debilitating. It kept coming back until last winter when I got it and I was put in the hospital and given strong antibotics to get it out of my intestines. I was so sick that after a week in the hospital, I had to go to a rehab. center for a week to regain my strength. After all that, my primary care doc. in Group Health made a major change in my diet. ABSOLUTELY NO DAIRY PRODUCTS! ONLY SOY. Awww man, I love cottage cheese, cheese of all kinds, ice cream, and the list goes on. So yet another diet shift and I felt ANGRY for a long time. Now I enjoy my soy products. I drink very vanilla soy milk, choco. soy milk is great and almond choco. soy comes in dark choco. What a pity I have to drink soy. It's is great. I eat soy cheese, hard to find. Sometimes it comes in a veggie cheese rather than soy itself, but that is ok, I can have it and it is good.
No ice cream was the hardest thing cuz I would have some and let Sunny lick out the bowl. BUT sorbey, not spelled right, is terrific and no milk. It is a little expensive so I dont get it often. That's my new diet and I have adjusted and do not feel angry anymore. I have accepted it. That was the biggest thing for me.
The great news is, the Dr. that treated me in the hospital got rid of the c-diff. That is rare. Usually, it is thought that once you get c-diff, you have it for life. I am healed.

16 replies

Turtle 2012-10-23 21:14:42 -0500 Report

I just saw this. I am sorry Jayabee52, I did not really take it as minimizing my problem. It is good to have support, discussion, and opinions. I opened the subject up for discussion. I am touched that you cared enough to reply. I am sorry to hear that you have a late wife. No matter how one loses a spouse, I think it is one of the toughest things ever to go thru. I apologize for not replying to you with more care.

jayabee52 2012-10-24 00:01:08 -0500 Report

Thanks for your reply Turtle. I took no offense, and am glad you came through your infection.

I lost my "Jem" in July 2010 after a approx 3 yr relationship. I believe she was God's blessing to me and I'm sad because she's gone, yet am glad that she was in my life at all.


Turtle 2012-10-24 16:29:21 -0500 Report

I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my husband after 11 yrs. of marriage. He found someone else on the internet and I did not know he was looking. He had several kids and another on the way when I took him to court for maintaine money he owed me. I won but he never paid a cent. I try not to think of him anymore. Once a cheater always a cheater say many psychologist!

jayabee52 2012-10-24 19:21:11 -0500 Report

Jem was my 2nd wife. My first, (now ex) who divorced me after 25 yrs. I had 3 sons with her. I was devastated when she found someone new.

Jem came along 7 yrs later and really pumped my deflated male ego and made my life worth living again.

She had never been married so I came into her life I was able to give her mother (who had taken care of her up until then) the comfort that she Jem was married and was being well taken care of.

Jem & I got married in "Mama G's"bedroom. She had been sick and was unresponsive to anyone. But when she heard that we were married from the chaplain, she opened her eyes and smiled.

Mama G died the nest day.

I lived with Jem until July 23 2010

Turtle 2012-10-25 22:57:25 -0500 Report

Awww Jayabee that is a special story. My parents divorced right about their 25th and I was 16. I could not understand and I was so angry for yrs. I have given up trying to understand my ex's motivation. When I think about him, I get angry again. I try not to think about him. Then come those intrusive dreams!

jayabee52 2012-10-25 23:23:01 -0500 Report

yeah I had dreams like that too. Still do, but quite infrequently now.

When one has 3 kids with a spouse, I can't put her completely out of my life/mind, but have made peace with it.

Turtle 2012-10-25 23:29:10 -0500 Report

Hi, Do you still have contact w/ your kids…I hope. I have only been married the one time. I finally got to the point I felt like I could begin to look and when I thought I had found someone, I was rudely awakened because the guy wanted me, another guy, and another woman all at the same time. I had to say, no way …go away! I have never and will never be that way.

jayabee52 2012-10-25 23:40:41 -0500 Report

I have good relationships with my oldest 2 sons.

My youngest (14 when his mom & I split) is kinda estranged from me. He will talk with me at important family events like weddings but he was quite distant. I want to be more involved with him but he holds me at a polite distance, and I don't push him too hard so as not to drive him away.

jayabee52 2012-10-21 01:39:08 -0500 Report

Both my late wife & I had c - diff. Yes it is nasty, but my wife and I used probiotics to combat that bug. She used Acidophilus milk and cleared it up. Later on I got the bug (after she was gone) and I used acidophlus pills to rid myself of the bug.

What I understand about c-diff is it is due to antibiotics killing the beneficial flora in our gut. The c - diff then takes over. When the beneficial bugs are re-established they then control the bad bugs.

Turtle 2012-10-21 13:04:21 -0500 Report

There are different ways one can get c-diff. For me, it was one of the worst ways. It was after a major surgery (knee replacement) and long hard antibiotics due to the surgery, and being in a rehab. center and hospital for a long period of time. I got sick with it over and over again because of the way the large intestine is formed. It is not smooth but has plenty of crevices for the nasty bug to hide in.
You are right about the flora, but probiotics alone were not enough for me. I take them now but the last time I was sick with c-diff, the Dr., treated it aggressively and got rid of it she hopes. There is always the possibility of it coming back because it is a mega-bug. I can only have soy products. No acidofilis milk.

Young1s 2012-10-20 19:58:40 -0500 Report

So I'm hoping you are saying that you are adjusting to the diet change, once again. And glad for it. Is there a chance that it will return?

Side note: There's a soy milk that me and my fam love to drink called Silk. Tastes like a vanilla milk shake on its own. Good in cereals, oatmeal and and the like. Haven't used it in recipes that call for milk though. My thinking is it will be too sweet.

Turtle 2012-10-20 20:53:43 -0500 Report

I still shake it before I use it but I never run into sludge at the end like years ago. Yes, it is dreamy. I like all flavors. Of course, choco. is real tasty and great on cheerios.