To make the weekend even better, I received the following email from a patient with a 5-month history of relapsing C. difficile infection that I did a fecal transplant on several weeks ago (she graciously allowed me to share it):
Wanted to let you know that it has been a couple of weeks since the transplant and I am back to my old self. My energy is back and so far I'm feeling terrific. Thank you so much for everything you and your staff did to help me. Everyone was so friendly and competent. I want to especially thank your nurse who did a great job in getting me to relax during the (nasogastric) intubation, which was the most uncomfortable part. It feels wonderful not to have to take any more antibiotics. I wish for you and your staff the very best and I hope that this procedure continues to help more and more people who have been going through this debilitating disease. Words cannot express adequately how grateful I am.Emails like this one serve as a great reminder of why I went to medical school. And it helps to put the bucket of broken into perspective.
As I sit here watching a great blue heron fly over the James River, I can only think that tonight it's all good. Tomorrow, back to the grind!
Graphic: Anna DeStefano