Healthy Habits for a Healthy Life

Thank you to the NIH for sharing this little tid-bit of insight.

I’ve reached the conclusion that developing healthy habits can’t be any harder than cultivating bad ones.  Problem is–I already have the bad ones!! Currently working on turning the tide…. Here’s the article from the NIH:

Making Your Resolutions Stick:
How to Create Healthy Habits

Cartoon of two men bicycling.New Year’s resolutions—they’re easy to make but easier to break. Why is it so hard to make the healthy changes that we know can help us feel better and live longer? And why is it so hard to make them last? NIH-funded scientists are learning more about how we can make healthy changes and, even more important, how we can sustain them.

“Change is always possible,” says Dr. Linda Nebeling, an expert in behavioral change and nutrition at NIH. You’re never too out-of-shape, too overweight or too old to make healthy changes.

Some of the most common New Year’s resolutions are losing weight, getting more physical activity, eating more nutritious foods, quitting cigarettes, cutting back on alcohol, reducing stress and sleeping better. But no matter which healthy resolution you choose, research suggests that some common strategies can boost your chance of making the change a habit, a part of your daily lifestyle.

“One challenge with New Year’s resolutions is that people often set unrealistic goals. They can quickly become frustrated and give up,” says Nebeling. “Any resolution to change needs to include small
goals that are definable and accompanied by a solid plan on how you’ll get to that goal.”

For instance, a resolution to lose 30 pounds may seem overwhelming. Instead, try setting smaller goals of losing 5 pounds a month for 6 months. Think baby steps rather than giant leaps.

Next, develop an action plan. You might decide to walk a half hour each day to burn calories. You might stop buying vending machine snacks. Or you might limit and keep track of your daily calories. “These are specific behaviors that could help you meet your larger goal of losing 30 pounds,” says Dr. Deborah Tate, an obesity and behavioral researcher at the University of North Carolina.

To make a long-lasting change in your life, prepare yourself for the challenges you might face. “Think about why you want to make the change. Is it important to you, or is it mostly influenced by others—like your doctor, your spouse or a friend?” says Tate. “Research suggests that if it’s something you really want for yourself, if it’s meaningful to you, you’re more likely to stick to it.”

Think of exactly how the change will enhance your life. For instance, when you stop smoking, your risk plummets for cancer, heart disease, stroke and early death. Reducing stress might cut your risk for heart disease and help you fight off germs. Even small improvements in your physical activity, weight or nutrition may help reduce your risk for disease and lengthen your life. In one study, overweight or obese people who lost just 7% of their body weight slashed their risk for diabetes by nearly 60%. Keeping facts like this in mind can help you maintain your focus over the long haul.

Setting up a supportive environment is another step toward success. “Think about the physical support you’ll need, like the right equipment for exercise, appropriate clothing and the right kinds of foods to have at home,” says Dr. Christine Hunter, a behavioral researcher and clinical psychologist at NIH. Remove items that might trip up your efforts. If you’re quitting smoking, throw away your ashtrays and lighters. To improve your nutrition, put unhealthy but tempting foods on a hard-to-reach shelf, or get rid of them.

Social support is also key. Research shows that people’s health behaviors—like smoking or weight gain—tend to mirror those of their friends, family and spouses. “You can enlist friends and family to help you eat better, to go on walks with you, to remind you to stay on track,” says Tate. “Find things that are fun to do together, and you’ll be more likely to stick with it.”

“It helps when you’re connected to a group, where lifestyle change like weight loss is a joint goal,” says NIH’s Dr. Sanford Garfield, who heads a large study called the Diabetes Prevention Program. Participants who lost weight through dietary changes and physical activity reduced their chances of developing diabetes. Group counseling that emphasized effective diet, exercise and behavior modification were credited, in part, with participants’ success. “There’s a long history of group support leading to good results,” Garfield says.  “People learn from each other and reinforce each other in working toward their goals.”

While making a change is one thing, sticking to it is something else. “Maintaining a change requires continued commitment until the change becomes a part of your life, like brushing your teeth or washing your hair,” says Nebeling. “People who can maintain or engage in efforts to change their behavior, and do it for 6 to 8 weeks, are more likely to be able to support that effort longer term.”

Some researchers are studying people who’ve made lasting healthy changes. The ongoing National Weight Control Registry compiles information on more than 5,000 adults who’ve dropped at least 30 pounds and kept it off for a year or more. Although the way these people lost their weight varied, those who’ve maintained their weight loss tend to use similar strategies. Notably, many participants track their progress closely, often in a daily journal or diary. If the numbers rise, they have an early warning to adjust their behaviors.

“Self-monitoring or tracking seems to be critical for almost every sort of behavior change,” says Hunter. That includes jotting down the foods you eat, keeping an exercise diary or making a record of your sleeping patterns.

Monitoring yourself might feel like a burden, but it’s one of the best predictors of successful change. “Think about how you can make tracking more convenient, so it fits naturally into your life,” Hunter says. For some people, that might be a pad of paper in a purse or pocket; for others, a mobile app or a computer program.

Make sure to have a plan to get back on track if you start to slip. “If you feel that your motivation is waning, think back and remind yourself why the change was important to you in the first place,” says Tate. “Maybe you wanted to have more stamina, feel better, to be able to play with grandchildren. Recalling these personal reasons can encourage you to get back on track.”

Of course, you don’t need a new year to make healthy changes; you can make them any time of the year. But New Year’s is an opportunity to think about the improvements you’d like to make and then take concrete steps to achieve them. Set realistic goals, develop an action plan and set it in motion. Make your new year a healthy one.

Crohn’s Disease-a Little information.

Crohn’s disease is an autoimmune disease which primarily attacks the digestive tract.  This encompasses any part of the digestive tract, starting with the lips and ending with the rectum. Some of the the symptoms associated with this aspect of Crohn’s are:


-bloody stools, often with mucous


-loss of appetite

-sores, fissures and ulcerations

-fistulas (abnormal openings between areas of the body)



Crohn’s frequently results in scarring and narrowing of the bowel which often requires surgery to remove.  Crohn’s,  like the other autoimmune diseases has no cure.

And, like the other autoimmune diseases,  it also has an assortment of extra-intestinal manifestations such as:


-joint pain

-rashes and skin lesions

-inflammatory complications in organ systems such as the heart/circulatory system, lungs and eyes

Having a Crohn’s diagnosis has been both good and bad.  I was thrilled to learn I had a real medical problem, after spending so many years being brushed off by doctors.  It’s amazing how handy general practitioners are to label something “all in your head”.  I had been called hysterical, anxious, depressed, stressed and was accused of being lazy AND looking for excuses not to work.  Let’s just say I felt vindicated!  Can you relate??

A War On Women?

I’m not sure if this is politically motivated or not, nor am I sure it’s intentionally directed toward women.  However, I can see cuts in these areas being a SERIOUS problem. Why can’t they cut

Desiree Lewis

pet projects & and unearned six digit salaries??  If these things pass, date rape will NO LONGER BE RAPE. I’m serious, it’s true. Legislators say it “really doesn’t qualify” as rape.  Hope he gets to take it up the …….  Anyway, you know what I mean.  Thanks to my Uncle for sharing all of this hard work and research!

1) Republicans not only want to reduce women’s access to abortion care, they’re actually trying to redefine rape. After a major backlash, they promised to stop. But they haven’t.

2) A state legislator in Georgia wants to change the legal term for victims of rape, stalking, and domestic violence to “accuser.” But victims of other less gendered crimes, like burglary, would remain “victims.”

3) In South Dakota, Republicans proposed a bill that could make it legal to murder a doctor who provides abortion care. (Yep, for real.)


4) Republicans want to cut nearly a billion dollars of food and other aid to low-income pregnant women, mothers, babies, and kids.

5) In Congress, Republicans have proposed a bill that would let hospitals allow a woman to die rather than perform an abortion necessary to save her life.

6) Maryland Republicans ended all county money for a low-income kids’ preschool program. Why? No need, they said. Women should really be home with the kids, not out working.

7) And at the federal level, Republicans want to cut that same program, Head Start, by $1 billion. That means over 200,000 kids could lose their spots in preschool.

8) Two-thirds of the elderly poor are women, and Republicans are taking aim at them too. A spending bill would cut funding for employment services, meals, and housing for senior citizens.

9) Congress voted yesterday on a Republican amendment to cut all federal funding from Planned Parenthood health centers, one of the most trusted providers of basic health care and family planning in our country.

10) And if that wasn’t enough, Republicans are pushing to eliminate all funds for the only federal family planning program. (For humans. But Republican Dan Burton has a bill to provide contraception for wild horses. You can’t make this stuff up).


1. “‘Forcible Rape’ Language Remains In Bill To Restrict Abortion Funding,” The Huffington Post, February 9, 2011

“Extreme Abortion Coverage Ban Introduced,” Center for American Progress, January 20, 2011

2. “Georgia State Lawmaker Seeks To Redefine Rape Victims As ‘Accusers,'” The Huffington Post, February 4, 2011

3. “South Dakota bill would legalize killing abortion doctors,” Salon, February 15, 2011

4. “House GOP Proposes Cuts to Scores of Sacred Cows,” National Journal, February 9, 2011

5. “New GOP Bill Would Allow Hospitals To Let Women Die Instead Of Having An Abortion,” Talking Points Memo, February 4, 2011

6. “Republican Officials Cut Head Start Funding, Saying Women Should be Married and Home with Kids,” Think Progress, February 16, 2011

7. “Bye Bye, Big Bird. Hello, E. Coli,” The New Republic, Feburary 12, 2011

8. “House GOP spending cuts will devastate women, families and economy,” The Hill, February 16, 2011

9. “House passes measure stripping Planned Parenthood funding,” MSNBC, February 18,2011

“GOP Spending Plan: X-ing Out Title X Family Planning Funds,” Wall Street Journal, February 9, 2011

10. Ibid.

Birth Control for Horses, Not for Women,” Blog for Choice, February 17, 2011

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Companionship and Changing Priorities

Once again, I am passing on wisdom of unknown origin.  My friend Susie sent this, knowing I’d laugh ’til I blew coffee out of my nose.  She was right!!


What A Woman Wants In A Man!
Original List: age (20 something)

1. Handsome
2. Charming
3. Financially successful
4. A caring listener
5. Witty
6. In good shape
7. Dresses with style
8. Appreciates finer  things
9. Full of thoughtful surprises

What I Want in a Man, Revised List (age 32)

1. Nice looking
2. Opens car doors, holds chairs
3. Has enough money for a nice dinner
4. Listens more than talks
5. Laughs at my jokes
6. Carries  bags of groceries with ease
7. Owns at least one tie
8. Appreciates a good home-cooked meal
9. Remembers birthdays and  anniversaries

What I Want in a Man,  Revised List (age 42)

1.  Not too ugly
2.  Doesn’t drive off until I’m in the car
3.  Works steady – splurges on dinner out occasionally
4.  Nods head when I’m talking
5.  Usually remembers punch lines of my jokes
6.  Is in good enough shape to rearrange the furniture
7.  Wears a shirt that covers his stomach
8.  Knows not to buy chocolate when I’m dieting
9.  Remembers to put the toilet seat down
10. Shaves most weekends

What I Want in  a Man, Revised List (age 52)

1.  Keeps hair in nose and ears trimmed
2.  Doesn’t belch or scratch in public
3.  Can tow a RV or drive a Motor Home
4.  Can BBQ
5.  Doesn’t re-tell the same joke too many times
6.  Appreciates a good TV dinner
7.  Helps with the housework

What I Want in a Man,  Revised List (age 62)

1.  Doesn’t scare small children
2.  Remembers where I have put things
3.  Can still tow a van without causing chaos on the road
4.  Only snores lightly when asleep
5.  Remembers why he’s laughing
6.  Is in good enough shape to stand up by himself
7.  Usually wears some clothes
8.  Doesn’t notice my facial hair and wrinkles
9.  Remembers where he left his teeth
10. Stops trying to tell jokes

What I Want in a Man,  Revised List (age 72)

2.    Doesn’t miss the toilet.

3.   Remembers where we both live.





Pharmaceutical Ads-Wish I’d Thought of This One…

Once more, I’m sharing a bit of racy humor that I can take ZERO credit for!!


I’m sure that you have seen pharmaceutical advertising in doctor’s offices on everything from tissues to note pads This one should get First prize…


I  e-mailed it to my Japanese doctor friend; he e-mailed back: “If light stay on more than 4 hour, call erectrician.

(This make me raugh out roud)


Sjogren’s Syndrome, in Brief

Since my late teens I’ve been plagued by autoimmune disease complications but remained undiagnosed until I was 40 yrs old.

My most recent diagnosis is secondary Sjogren’s Syndrome.  This means the disorder manifested as a result of my other autoimmune issues.  Frequently these illnesses manifest as a cluster of three rather than a single disorder or syndrome.   Below I’ve included information from the Mayo Clinic:


By Mayo Clinic staff

Sjogren’s (SHOW-grins) syndrome is a disorder of your immune system often defined by its two most common symptoms — dry eyes and a dry mouth.

Sjogren’s syndrome often accompanies other autoimmune disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. In Sjogren’s syndrome, the mucous membranes and moisture-secreting glands of your eyes and mouth are usually affected first — resulting in decreased production of tears and saliva…

The main symptoms of Sjogren’s syndrome are:

  • Dry eyes. Your eyes may burn, itch or feel gritty — as if there’s sand in them.
  • Dry mouth. Your mouth may feel like it’s full of cotton, making it difficult dry I am....

    to swallow or speak.

Sjogren’s syndrome patients may also experience one or more of the following:

  • Joint pain, swelling and stiffness
  • Swollen salivary glands — particularly the set located behind your jaw and in front of your ears
  • Skin rashes or dry skin
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Persistent dry cough
  • Prolonged fatigue

Sjogren’s patients have a greater risk of lymphoma, serious eye complications related to dryness/eye ulcers, lung infections & Loss of lung expandability  primary biliary cirrhosis,  and a host of other “goodies”.

To share an example of the difference it makes in a daily routine, consider this:

Every day I have to swab moisturizing products in my nose & ears at regular intervals.  I also carry oral moisture products to use 12-16 times a day.  Even with diligent oral care and follow-up I’ve lost MULTIPLE teeth due to Sjogren’s. On average, I have to sneak away to use moisturizing eye drops every couple hours.  I feel like a pack horse with all of this stuff in my bag or scrub pockets (when I work).

I also avoid fans like the plague because of the dryness.  It drys my eyes & mouth immediately, so much that I can’t speak or blink.  For the same reason, I avoid wind and always wear sunglasses due to light sensitivity.  I’m saving up to get a special pair of glasses with a “seal” to lock out breezes and I can’t wait!!  They actually look nice, which is a pleasant change from other options.

Overall, the treatment is the same as for other autoimmune diseases–immuno-suppression & symptom management.  Currently, I’m on Methotrexate which has been a God-send.  I’ll put up a side-effects post in the near future.

For anyone looking for support, check out my fave Sjogren’s group on yahoo.  I can’t take any credit for starting or moderating the group but I’m SO grateful to whoever did!!  These folks have been a ton of support.  I also have links to other stuff on my ‘this ‘n that & resource pages.

Disorder in the Court


These are from a book called Disorder in the American Courts, and are things people actually said in court, word for word, taken down and now published by court reporters that had the torment of staying calm while these exchanges were actually taking place.

ATTORNEY: What was the first thing your husband said to you that morning?
WITNESS:     He said , ‘Where am I, Cathy?’
ATTORNEY:  And why did that upset you?
WITNESS:     My name is Susan!

ATTORNEY:  What gear were you in at the moment of the impact?
WITNESS:     Gucci sweats and Reeboks.

ATTORNEY:  Are you sexually active?
WITNESS:     No , I just lie there.

ATTORNEY: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect your memory at all?
WITNESS:     Yes.
ATTORNEY:  And in what ways does it affect your memory?
WITNESS:     I forget…
ATTORNEY:  You forget?  Can you give us an example of something you forgot?

ATTORNEY:  Do you know if your daughter has ever been involved in voodoo?
WITNESS:     We both do.
ATTORNEY:  Voodoo?
WITNESS:     We do..
ATTORNEY:  You do?
WITNESS:     Yes , voodoo.

ATTORNEY:  Now doctor , isn’t it true that when a person dies in his sleep , he doesn’t know about it until the next morning?
WITNESS:  Did you actually pass the bar exam?

ATTORNEY:  The youngest son , the 20-year-old , how old is he?
WITNESS:      He’s 20 , much like your IQ.

ATTORNEY:  Were you present when your picture was taken?
WITNESS:     Are you shitting me?

ATTORNEY:  So the date of conception (of the baby) was August 8th?
WITNESS:     Yes.
ATTORNEY:  And what were you doing at that time?
WITNESS:     Getting laid

ATTORNEY:  She had three children , right?
WITNESS:     Yes.
ATTORNEY:  How many were boys?
WITNESS:   None..
ATTORNEY:   Were there any girls?
WITNESS:      Your Honour, I think I need a different attorney. Can I get a new attorney?

ATTORNEY:  How was your first marriage terminated?
WITNESS:     By death..
ATTORNEY:  And by whose death was it terminated?
WITNESS:     Take a guess.

ATTORNEY:  Can you describe the individual?
WITNESS:     He was about medium height and had a beard
ATTORNEY:  Was this a male or a female?
WITNESS:     Unless the Circus was in town I’m going with male.

ATTORNEY:  Is your appearance here this morning pursuant to a deposition notice which I sent to your attorney?
WITNESS:  No, this is how I dress when I go to work.

ATTORNEY:  Doctor , how many of your autopsies have you performed on dead people?
WITNESS:     All of them.. The live ones put up too much of a fight.

ATTORNEY:  ALL your responses MUST be oral , OK? What school did you go to?
WITNESS:     Oral…

ATTORNEY:  Do you recall the time that you examined the body?
WITNESS:     The autopsy started around 8:30 PM
ATTORNEY:  And Mr. Denton was dead at the time?
WITNESS:     If not , he was by the time I finished.

ATTORNEY:  Are you qualified to give a urine sample?
WITNESS:     Are you qualified to ask that question?

And last:

ATTORNEY:  Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?
WITNESS:     No.
ATTORNEY:  Did you check for blood pressure?
WITNESS:     No.
ATTORNEY:  Did you check for breathing?
WITNESS:     No..
ATTORNEY:  So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?
WITNESS:     No.
ATTORNEY:  How can you be so sure, Doctor?
WITNESS:     Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.
ATTORNEY:  I see, but could the patient have still been alive, nevertheless?
WITNESS:     Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law.

When I thought I’d heard it all!!

I feel like a VALEDICTORIAN !!!!!
I handed the teller @ my bank a withdrawal slip for $400.00
I said “May I have large bills, please”

She looked at me and said “I’m sorry sir, all the bills are the same size.”
When I got up off the floor I explained it to her….

When my husband and I arrived at an automobile dealership to pick up our car, we were told the keys had been locked in it.  We went to the service department and found a mechanic working feverishly to unlock the driver side door. As I  watched from the passenger side, I instinctively tried the door handle and discovered that it was unlocked.  ‘Hey,’ I announced to the technician, ‘it’s open!’  His reply: ‘I know. I already got that  side

This was at the Ford dealership in Canton,MS

We had to have the garage door repaired.
The Sears repairman told us that one of our problems was that we did not have a ‘large’ enough motor on the  opener.

I thought for a minute, and said that we had the largest one Sears made at that time, a 1/2 horsepower.
He shook his head and said, ‘Lady, you need a  1/4 horsepower.’ I responded that 1/2 was larger than 1/4.
He said, ‘NO, it’s  not..’ Four is larger than two.’

We  haven’t used Sears repair since.

My  daughter and I went through the McDonald’s take-out window and I gave the clerk  a $5 bill.
Our total was $4.25, so I also handed her a quarter.
She said, ‘you gave me too much money.’ I said, ‘Yes Iknow, but this way you can just give me a dollar bill back.
She sighed and went  to get the manager, who asked me to repeat my request.
I did so, and he handed me back the quarter, and said ‘We’re sorry but we could not do that kind of thing.’
The clerk then proceeded to give me back $1 and 75 cents in change.
Do  not confuse the clerks at McD’s.


I live in a semi rural area.
We recently had a new neighbor call the local  township administrative office
to request the removal of the DEER CROSSING sign on our road.
The reason: ‘Too many deer are being hit by cars out here!
I don’t  think this is a good place for  them to be crossing anymore.’

From  Kingman ,  KS


My daughter went to a local Taco  Bell   and ordered a taco.

She asked the person behind the counter for ‘minimal lettuce.’
He said he was sorry, but they only had iceburg lettuce.

— From  Kansas City

I was at the airport, checking in at the gate when an airport employee asked,

‘Has anyone put anything in your baggage without your knowledge?’
To  which I replied, ‘If it was without my knowledge, how would I know?’
He smiled knowingly and nodded, ‘That’s why we ask.’

Happened in  Birmingham ,  Ala.

The stoplight on the corner buzzes when it’s safe to cross the street.

I was  crossing with an intellectually challenged coworker of mine. She asked if I knew what the buzzer was for.
I explained that it signals blind people when the light is red.
Appalled, she responded, ‘What on earth are blind people doing  driving?!’

She  was a probation officer in  Wichita  , KS


At a good-bye luncheon for an old and dear coworker who was leaving the


company due to ‘downsizing,’
our manager commented cheerfully, ‘This is fun. We should do this more often.’
Not another word was spoken. We all just looked at  each other with that deer-in-the-headlights stare.

This was a lunch at  Texas  Instruments.


I work with an individual who plugged her power strip back into itself

and for the sake of her life, couldn’t understand why her system would not turn on.

A deputy with the  Dallas   County  Sheriffs office, no less.


How would you pronounce this child’s name?
Leah??                NO
Lee – A??            NOPE
Lay – a??             NO
Lei??          Guess Again.

This child attends a school in  Kansas City,  Mo.
Her mother is irate because everyone is getting her name wrong.
It’s pronounced “Ledasha”.
When the Mother was asked about the pronunciation of the name, she said, “the dash don’t be silent.”

SO, if you see something come across your desk like this please remember to pronounce the dash.
If dey axe you why, tell dem de dash don’t be silent.

On Being a Savvy E-info Consumer

The BEST reply EVER!!!

Way back, when I first started my quest for information, the internet was fairly new, very slow (dinosaur dial-up) & totally un-patrolled.  I returned a TON of results when I searched for health topics but there was no real way to separate the trash from the treasure.

Since then, several organizations have popped up to police for reputable versus crap content, and I wanted to share a few things to make your information quest a little safer!

A good place to start looking is the web address you’re using:  “.com” stands for ‘commercial’ and the sponsor is usually a business.  Many hospitals and other reputable businesses have .com site addresses.  Before you commit to anything on the site, or adopt information as gospel, check the credibility of the business.

.org” stands for ‘organization’.   Nonprofit groups & scientific/research societies often use it.  BEWARE–scammers know the average web cruiser trusts a .org site and will use one to scam you.  No matter WHAT the suffix on the address, know the organization behind it, especially if you’re using it for something pertinent to your continued health.

.gov” is reserved for government agencies.  How much one trusts these depends on his/her opinion of ‘government’.  I’m gonna leave that one alone now……

.edu” is the suffix for educational institutions such as colleges and universities.  The information is often reliable as long as it is an ACTUAL official document/page from the institution.  If you have any concerns, contact the institution to confirm before committing to anything.

“.net” stands for ‘network’.  This is for sites which don’t fall under any other catagory.  Some .net sites belong to individuals (who may or may not be kowledgable on the topic) and hosted by their ISP.

**WARNING** If the site does not offer any way to contact a living human within an organization, STOP and navigate AWAY FROM THE PAGE.  Also view the “About Us” or “Who We Are” pages; if it smells fishy, then it probably ain’t right.

The Medical Library Association maintains a list called “Top 100 List of Health Websites You Can Trust”. It’s a good place to start from and I feel better about the sites I navigate TO when I start on a reputable page.  I also look for The HONcode seal which is typically found at the bottom of a certified site’s page.  This means the site has been approved by the Health on the Net Foundation, which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to certifying web sites that meet high-quality standards for providing health information.

This information is just the tip of the iceberg where information safety is concerned.  Overall, I encourage you to search widely, keep an open mind and check Quack Watch before buying anything you find offering a cure…


C-difficile infections are becoming more common and more severe, especially since new strains are mutating and producing stronger toxins. Normally, this is seen in the elderly, immuno-compromised and in crowded medical facilities.  Now it’s becoming more common in the community & is attacking a wider range of victims.  My best friend’s 16 y/o daughter (young, healthy, active) has recently been hospitalized with it–TOTALLY UNEXPECTED!!

The Mayo Clinic site is an excellent resource for learning about the potential infection.  Here’s the first part of it!


By Mayo Clinic staff

Clostridium difficile (klos-TRID-e-uhm dif-uh-SEEL), often called C. difficile or C. diff, is a bacterium that can cause symptoms ranging from diarrhea to life-threatening inflammation of the colon. Illness from C. difficile most commonly affects older adults in hospitals or in long term care facilities and typically occurs after use of antibiotic medications.

In recent years, C. difficile infections have become more frequent, more severe and more difficult to treat. Each year, tens of thousands of people in the United States get sick from C. difficile, including some otherwise healthy people who aren’t hospitalized or taking antibiotics.

Mild illness caused by C. difficile may get better if you stop taking antibiotics. Severe symptoms require treatment with a different antibiotic.

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!!  Check out the Mayo Clinic site for the rest of the scoop.

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