So scared, I got C diff after ICD implant
First of all, I'm grateful to have found this club; I was excited to see so many helpful topics and friendly people ready to answer questions. On July 17, 2023 I got my first Biventricular ICD. After a long 10 years with diagnosed CHF, and an ejection fraction of 30-35 at the age of 48, my general doctor wanted me to go to a cardiologist for treatment but I couldn't afford insurance on my meager salary despite working full time. Last fall, I could no longer work due to HF symptoms becoming very impossible to ignore. At 57 years old, I was forced into early retirement, qualified for disability within 5 months and finally was able to get help; however, my EF was now at 10-15. While I suffer from severe cardiomyopathy and have pretty much always had left bundle branch blockage, my health has been very good considering. I was checked for blockage and have none, so the ICD was my only real option for some kind of improvement.
The surgery went well, but I was accidentally given a second antibiotic when I left the hospital, the one that can give you C diff. I am mortified! Infection is always one of the biggest fears for this procedure, but I never dreamed I would end up with one in my intestines. I'm in hell. I'm on the toilet more than every hour, the intestinal cramps with each trip are just awful. Luckily I sensed something was really wrong over the weekend and went to my regular doctor who figured it out quickly. I've been on the new antibiotic for two days, but am still suffering the same, no real improvement yet. I have researched C diff thoroughly and as if I wasn't stressing a lot already, now I'm literally in knots. Sorry for the crudeness, but I feel like I'm going to poop myself to death.
Then there's all the adjusting to this device which...I can FEEL everything. Every website says "2 days of mild discomfort." I don't know who wrote that, but I beg to differ. The hockey puck in my chest still hurts.
Has anyone else gotten C diff after their implant and recovered okay? Because this is just the straw that broke the camel's back. I feel so defeated. Thanks in advance for any encouragement.
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