No, my mother never had ulcerative colitis, her last routine colonoscopy showed only mild scattered diverticulosis. She's never had a colon problem in her life. The doctor was just so frustrated that her diarrhea wasn't ending, inspite of the Vanco, that he mentioned a possible colectomy to put an end to the problem. Doctors are so concerned about 'length of stay' nowadays and she had been in the hospital for one month at that point. I made a point of mentioning the blood in her stool - and that is when he decided to prescribe prednisone.
This last c-diff recurrence was a mirror of the first (or was it the second? I've lost track). Her legs and belly swell, she develops shortness of breath from the distended belly pressing on her diaphragm/lungs, and extreme weakness with the Hemoglobin plunging from 11.5 to 9 or below (she's not on blood thinners). I didn't see frank blood during this recurrence, but the color of her stool definitely had a reddish cast.
Anyway, I decided to wait-it-out without prednisone this time, and today (after being on Vanco for almost 2 weeks) she finally produced her first turd - in 11 weeks!!!!!!! Her stools have been watery, loose or very soft for weeks, and then finally this amazing turd. Sorry for the TMI, but I just couldn't believe it!
I've taken her to the pulmonary doc, the infectious desease doc, the GI, and the hematologist this week. (Thank God for good health insurance.) They've all heard of fecal transplants/infusions, but no one know's anyone who does it, and no one recommends it. And no one seems to care.
So I guess I'll wait-it-out some more. I feel that her Vanco has been mismanaged until now with short, 2 week precriptions that stop abrubtly. The infectious disease doctor is now willing to taper her dose with some pulsing at the end. (After 2 recurrences, GI doctors pass the buck to infectious disease.) We'll see...