This is a learn as you go process.My Mom's GP was afraid to start her on anything until the cultures came back, but, as so many have said,you KNOW when there is a relapse,if by nothing else, the smell!
Thankfully,her GI team is very experienced in treating C.Diff and they feel she is not as far gone as she was the last time. So far, the cultures have come back neg, but they are treating her as before.Flagyl made her worse,so back on Vanco and IV steroids.They are not going to mega dose her this time, in hopes that she will have an easier time tapering down than before.
It's funny, so many people are aware of MRSA and C.Diff is by far a more difficult bug to treat.Just does not have the same awareness that MRSA does. When people ask what Mom has, I simplify it and say it is the "new MRSA". That they understand,say C.Diff. and the majority of people have no idea what it is. Most have no idea what it is and only those who are affected by it know what it is.