Off The Sauce

Last modified on December 1st, 2007

Today was a strange day. I woke up this morning and went down to the clinic to get the results of some tests I had done this week. If you’ve been keeping up with my saga, I somehow got a digestive infection when I was in the hospital with pneumonia a few months ago. It’s not contagious or anything – about 10% of people in the hospital get it after a week, and over 50% of people generally get it after four weeks in a hospital. You typically don’t get this unless your body is hit with a really hard broad-spectrum anti-biotic, which in my case was clyndamycin in the hosital. This type of antibiotic actually ends up killing all the helpful bacteria in your stomach and intestines, making your susceptible to other infections such as the one I got (since the good bacteria normally fight it off for you).

The main symptom I have is bad stomach cramps, usually in the morning. Other than that, I don’t have a fever or anything (which is another symptom). Unfortunately, this infection can be life threatening if it doesn’t go away, although it’s not something that typically gets to that stage in someone my age. I’ve been on two anti-biotic regimens already for it. One was flagyl out in Ottawa, and the other one was vancomycin in Vancouver here. The flagyl actually helped a lot, but once I finished it the symptoms slowly returned. The vancomycin didn’t really help at all.

Anyways. I was waiting on two tests, one of which would say whether this infection was still present, and the other that would say whether or not it was still hurting me (since many people actually are carriers of it, but it’s not harmful to them). The one that indicated whether it was harmful or not came back negative, which made my doctor happy. I left the clinic this morning thinking I was all over it, and that the little bit of symptoms I had were just the end result of being on anti-biotics for nearly two months now.

However, I got a voice mail on my phone this evening from my doctor. He called a few specialists at St. Paul’s hospital to go over all my results with them. Based on my symptoms, and the fact that the second test came back saying I still had the infection present, they have decided to keep treating me. Which means starting tonight, I’m on a 28 day spread of flagyl. Thankfully the dose has been increased to where it should be, and I fully except to be symptom free in just a few days (after about three days I felt nearly perfect again in Ottawa — the only thing is they only gave me a 10 day prescription when they probably should have given be at least 14).

So, a few minutes ago I took my first pills. I have a small function to go to tomorrow night, and I briefly considered postponing medication until Sunday, but truth is I just want this behind me as fast as possible, so I might as well get started.

The shitty thing is that I can’t drink any alcohol at all while on this medication since it can cause heart palpitations, severe headaches, flushing, nausea, and all sorts of nasty side effects. Unfortunately, that means I’ll be off the sauce for every single party in December, except for of course those around New Years when I should be off all anti-biotics, and finally back to my old self. I know my health is more important than a few parties, but I won’t lie and say I’m not disappointed by the recent turn of events. For sure I’ll still have a good time and do all the things I normally do, including attending all parties in December, I just won’t be able to participate in the drunken debauchery (I will however still participate in sober debauchery).

I spent a bit of time talking to my parents tonight, and of course they were their usual supportive selves, which I obviously appreciate. This year has just been a never-ending series of problems and disappointments, and it seems like the light at the end of every tunnel just reveals the next tunnel waiting up ahead. I sincerely hope that after this batch of antibiotics that everything, including my injury 12 months ago, will finally be all behind me.

8 responses to “Off The Sauce”

  1. Anne says:

    All the best Duane. Onwards and upwards:)

  2. Krista says:

    Hard times, you can do it though! you’ll be back drinkin in no time 🙂

  3. Ariane says:

    Oh, Flagyl…good times. I really hope it does the trick this time–that is a long round of it, so I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you! Oh, and if you need an accomplice for any sober debauchery, let me know! (I can’t drink anymore because of my IBS/allergies…at least you only have to take the month off!)

    And the world has give us a little token of good Christmas spirit 🙂 I think you’re one of the few people who might be as excited as me when they look out the window this morning. I put the first ornament on my advent calendar when I got out of bed, and thought to myself, December is going to be good, a turning of tides away from the badness of 2007 and towards a much better year to come for all of us. (*knocks on desk just so as not to jinx*)

  4. <3 Good for you. 🙂 Christmas is a good time for it, lots of good spirit around to help you along.

    I am so excited for this month, It’s going to be a great one!

  5. Duane Storey says:

    Yeah I think so too!

  6. Cristina says:

    It may suck now, but will be worth it in the end, you’ll see… One more month, and on to a wonderful and hopefully better new year for you!! 🙂

  7. Charlene says:

    A suggestion if the doctors haven’t already recommended it , is to take some probiotics that will put good bacteria in your system. I usually take a brand called PB8 when I travel. You can get them at Capers. They work well and don’t require refrigeration. I am taking them now because of the round of antibiotics I was just on for an infection that occurred from gum graft surgery. I will continue to take them as I’m heading off to Mexico in the New Year along with my Oil of Oregano. Works like a charm. My sympathies that you can’t drink over the holiday season. It’s a drag when everyone around you is half swacked!

  8. Laurie says:

    I was diagnosed with c diff in August 2014. I have had 3 infections and 3 long term hospitalizations. I have Ben on vancomycin for 2 months and have 3 months left to go. I have post c diff colitis. It is horrible!

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