A month ago, while on vacation, I had a bad case of food poisoning with violent vomiting and diarrhea for 10 hours straight. Since I was away from home and petrified of hospitals I didn't seek medical care but hydrated myself and rested. A week later I returned home and had appointments with two pulmonologists and my cardiologist. I told them of my experience but they didn't seem concerned. I had my regular labs drawn for my kidney transplant and saw my nephrologist. My creatine was a little high which he attributed to the diarrhea which was still going on. He referred me to a gastroenterologist the next day, my labs were redrawn and stool samples done.
The diarrhea was getting worse and I was having trouble eating and drinking. I was feeling very weak so I called my nephrologist and he told me I needed inpatient treatment and to go to the ER and be admitted so I have been in the hospital for the past 4 days. My creatine was even higher. They gave me IV fluids, took more stool samples, and did a partial colonoscopy with biopsies for cmv virus and colitis. Everything is coming back negative, which is good but doesn't give an answer as to the diarrhea. My labs are great now.
It is possible it is one of my anti-rejection drugs that is causing the diarrhea. I have suffered with it since the transplant and have had GI issues most of my life. My doctor has cut it back, added some other medications to control the diarrhea and is calling my transplant center for a consult tomorrow. When they get the diarrhea under control I can be released.
My anxiety about being in a hospital hasn't been too bad because I've been in a lovely private isolation room. Tonight the nurse came in and told me they needed the room for another patient and they wanted to move me. I asked if I had to and she said I could refuse. I started having a panic attack while I was thinking about it. After careful consideration I told her I was concerned that the health issues of having another patient in the room with me could be dangerous for me because I am highly immune suppressed and I want to stay here. So I get to stay! Now if the diarrhea with stop I will be able to go home!