lizcommotion: A hand drawn spinning wheel covered in roses (spinning wheel briar rose)
[personal profile] lizcommotion
So yesterday I had my fecal transplant to help treat the C difficile that I have been increasingly unsuccessful at battling. (Hey, I did warn you there was poop, right?) Basically the mechanics of this involved getting an enema...of donor poop that has been pre-tested for communicable things. And then lie down for a long time and rotate around so the donated microflora could settle into different parts of my gut.

(Alternatively, I could have gotten a colonoscopy with the scope coated in donor poop, but I hate getting knocked out.)

Here is how you know your partner really, really loves you: They spend all week eating super healthy food and exercising and getting enough sleep, just so they can produce the best donor poop for you at really early o'clock to help (hopefully) treat a potentially fatal disease. (I did mention that C difficile can be fatal, right?)

Although partner says in actuality it did not take her that long, and my end of the process was much more onerous.

So far, the fecal transplant seems to be helping. I won't go into my bodily functions in detail with you, but I will say they are less bad. And also, I did not know how much pain my abdomen was in until I stopped being in that much pain. Also also, my appetite has gone from, "I only want to eat bland things and chocolate and tea and I guess I'll force down the occasional vegetable," to, "Some healthy fruit sounds nice."

ALSO, had an intriguing conversation with my doctor while he was doing the procedure. He is a bit of a fecal transplant evangelist, as he says there are many good things in poop that we don't know about yet. He thinks in the future this procedure *may* be used to treat inflammatory bowel disease(s) and even things like arthritis. So I was like, "I wonder what it will do to my fibromyalgia..." and he was like, "I will be curious to find out."

I am in *less* pain today than I was yesterday, but I am reminding myself that I have pain ups and downs and that is one day of sample so it doesn't count by itself and not to get my hopes up.

But but but wouldn't it be funny/wonderful/amazing/ironic if all this time, a little bit of crap could make me feel even a little bit better?

Date: 2014-02-22 06:05 pm (UTC)
sid: (pretty Key and book)
From: [personal profile] sid
Who knew? I hope you have v. good results from this!

Date: 2014-02-22 06:07 pm (UTC)
shanaqui: Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel in a fight. ((Carol) Fight me!)
From: [personal profile] shanaqui
That last line made me giggle. I hope so, though.

Date: 2014-02-22 07:22 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] phlox
It certainly would be ironic! Now, if that could be applied to metaphoric crap too--wow, the possibilities for world peace!

And agreed, you have an awesome partner. :D

Date: 2014-02-22 07:41 pm (UTC)
jelazakazone: black squid on a variegated red background (Default)
From: [personal profile] jelazakazone
I am so glad to hear that you are already feeling better, even if it's just tiny things like reduced stomach ache and improved appetite. <3

Date: 2014-02-22 08:22 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sage
Oh, that is so cool! I love it when new science has great results & docs are actively advancing their fields.

I very much wish you a speedy and complete and good humored (because poop is funny!) recovery. \o/

Date: 2014-02-22 10:22 pm (UTC)
alee_grrl: A kitty peeking out from between a stack of books and a cup of coffee. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alee_grrl
I have heard very good things about fecal transplants and am glad to hear that you are already feeling better.

Date: 2014-02-23 06:08 pm (UTC)
alee_grrl: A kitty peeking out from between a stack of books and a cup of coffee. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alee_grrl
Oh that new icon is so perfect for you. <3 <3 <3

Date: 2014-02-23 06:10 pm (UTC)
alee_grrl: A kitty peeking out from between a stack of books and a cup of coffee. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alee_grrl
[livejournal.com profile] djinni is awesome. I love his work.

Date: 2014-02-23 12:11 am (UTC)
lilacsigil: 12 Apostles rocks, text "Rock On" (12 Apostles)
From: [personal profile] lilacsigil
I am fascinated by all the new research into fecal transplants and I'm excited to know someone who had one! Your partner is very kind and I'm glad you're feeling tentatively better.

Date: 2014-02-23 12:31 am (UTC)
cadenzamuse: Cross-legged girl literally drawing the world around her into being (Default)
From: [personal profile] cadenzamuse
I have heard good things about fecal transplants, so I find it pretty fascinating shit! (Sorry, I couldn't resist...)

Anyway, I hope it helps, and I'm glad it seems to be helping so far. ♥

Date: 2014-02-23 12:45 am (UTC)
aome: (Default)
From: [personal profile] aome
I was pointed here by[personal profile] jelazakazone. I have Crohns/UC (after a mere 9 years, the jury still seems to be out on their diagnosis). I have had Bad Things happen which were attributed to the biologic meds (humira, remicade), and no other med seems to work. I'm trying to control with diet but two doctors have told me there's no point because it won't help. I feel better (not cured but better) So I don't know whom to believe. Anyway, would love to know if your treatment could be used for my sorry of illness. I had no idea there was such a thing as a poop transplant. Kudos to who ever thought far enough out of the box to come up with the idea.

Good luck with your recovery. I hope it works for you! (Honestly, is take a poop transplant over cdiff meds any day. They left SUCH a horrible taste in my mouth!)

Date: 2014-02-23 01:25 am (UTC)
calissa: (Default)
From: [personal profile] calissa
I'm glad to hear that you are feeling better and will keep my fingers crossed that things continue to improve.

Also <3 to your partner. Pretty awesome.

Date: 2014-02-23 05:46 am (UTC)
shehasathree: (Default)
From: [personal profile] shehasathree
oh, wow. Glad it's helping, and your partner is clearly AWESOME.

Date: 2014-02-23 10:08 am (UTC)
st_aurafina: Rainbow DNA (Default)
From: [personal profile] st_aurafina
That is the best, most romantic gift ever, seriously. <3 <3

I hope it is amazing, and that it has amazing, unexpected and beneficial effects. (Maybe not super powers, but super powers of feeling better.)

Date: 2014-02-23 02:59 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sine_nomine
This is absolutely phenomenal... that it so far seems to be working, that your partner seems like an amazing woman, and that you're still able to keep a sense of humour about it all.

:-)

Date: 2014-02-23 03:42 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sauscony
I'm so glad you are feeling a bit better already. The sucky thing about bowel issues is how slowly they progress, so you don't even realize how awful you've been feeling until you start to feel better. Fecal transplant is fascinating to me. I read about it a few years ago and if my Crohn's ever flares up again, I'll consider this.

Date: 2014-02-23 07:34 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jb_slasher
I hope the crap helps. Pardon the pun. <3

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