Sunday, February 26, 2023

Unplanned Hospital Stay

Unfortunately, after just a couple days home from Cycle 12, Caroline went to the ER with intense stomach pain and was admitted back into Vanderbilt.  A CT scan showed inflamed intestines and bowels, so she was admitted inpatient while we waited on results from all the lab work.  It was determined to be a nasty bacterial infection called C. Diff, ironically commonly acquired in a hospital setting.  C. Diff is very dangerous for someone who is immunocompromised, so they don’t mess around with diagnosis, admission and treatment.  The symptoms hit her quickly - extreme belly pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.  Once we knew the cause, a targeted antibiotic was started asap, as well as IV fluids for the entire stay.  By Friday, she seemed to have turned a corner, and was able to go home on Saturday, after being there for 5 days.

Caroline will continue on the antibiotic for this rest of the week, and is back to eating and drinking normally again.  We're hoping THIS week we can really catch a much needed break, and get her back to school and some routine.  It's been a very tough week for all four of us.

Thank you, as always, for the continued support and prayers.

The Lantz Family


  1. Sorry Poppet. Glad you’re starting to feel better. I’m praying for you and the fam.

  2. C Diff is nasty stuff. I am so sorry. I am glad they caught it quick and she’s on the mend.

  3. Praying for all of you

  4. Continued prayers for sweet Caroline. I pray for all of you to get the rest needed after this unexpected admission.

  5. Praying hard for CarolinešŸ™