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Thanksgiving 2020

 

 

 

 

A Bit of History……..
Thanksgiving Day, annual national holiday in the United States and Canada celebrating the harvest and other blessings of the past year. Americans generally believe that their Thanksgiving is modeled on a 1621 harvest feast shared by the English colonists (Pilgrims) of Plymouth and the Wampanoag people.

The Thanksgiving holiday holds special memories and meanings to everyone.  This year the landscape of gatherings, and the social event has changed.  We continue following guidelines to maintain our health, ward off acquiring the virus, keeping our children, families, and loved ones safe, as we continue maneuvering our way through these turbulent times caused by the Global COVID-19  virus  pandemic.  

On February 11, 2020, the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease that is causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak. The new name of this disease is coronavirus disease 2019, abbreviated as COVID-19. In COVID-19, ‘CO’ stands for ‘corona,’ ‘VI’ for ‘virus,’ and ‘D’ for disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as “2019 novel coronavirus” or “2019-nCoV.”  SARS-CoV-2 virus is a beta coronavirus, like MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV. Coronaviruses, named for the crown-like spikes on their surfaces, are a large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. (1)

Our members reach out to you, your families, your friends, and associates with heart-felt greetings as we social-distance, visit through ZOOM, Facebook Messenger, and every app. available allowing us to virtually spend time with others.   The way we connect  for education, for business, for doctor visits, and in our families has changed.  This Thanksgiving holiday gathering, along with special occasions earlier this year and the ones that are on the horizon, have a different landscape, a different feel to them, a different content.  The one thing that has NOT changed?  The love that we express through emails, through live online events, for the apps. we are utilizing to see others that mean so much to us.  So today, let’s give thanks for the technology that has been created and that is available to us to connect virtually right now, while the scientists and medical science professionals continue working at developing a vaccine that will keep us safe, that will bring us all back together.  It is what we do today that will make a significant difference tomorrow.

We share the gratitude for family members, for friends, and for the care teams, for the treatments and clinical trials available today to help resolve and prevent a C. diff.  infection, recurrent C. diff. infections, along with the many wellness-draining diagnosis that our bodies endure at one time or another.  Thank you, and a shout-out to the Infection Preventionists across the globe joining us during the annual campaign,   “November is Raising C. diff. Awareness Month.” Thank you to the many State Governors proclaiming November Is Raising Clostridioides difficile Awareness Month.  We are profoundly grateful!

Every day the gratitude pours out to the healthcare professionals devoting their lives to medical science, the research and development teams, the individuals and colleagues who give it their all in order to turn the infections around to improve our health safely, and effectively with  products being developed.  Through clinical trials, and  the organizations enrolling individuals today,  C. diff. infection studies for initial infections, recurrent C. diff. infections, and for the prevention of a C. diff. infection — you help them – to help you – to help others.    You are NOT out of options!

As the Thanksgiving holiday arrives this year we send our best wishes, with an abundance of gratitude, to you, your family, friends, and to the health care professionals visiting the website, participating in the online events this year, for joining us at the 8th Annual International C. diff. Virtual Conference and Health EXPO, and for reaching out to us by telephone, emails, and for being part of the C Diff Foundation programs worldwide.  We are here to help you through this infection, to continue recovering from this infection, to help others learn more about C. diff. infection prevention, treatments, clinical trials, diagnostics, environmental safety, and support around the globe.   “Thank You.”

“None of us can do this alone ~ all of us can do this together.”

Sending warm Thanksgiving wishes,

C Diff Foundation Members Worldwide

 

 

 

 

 

(1) CDC https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cdcresponse/about-COVID-19.html

Pharmaceutical Patient Assistance Program Information

Have you ever seen a TV ad for a prescription that concluded with “If you can’t afford your prescription medicine, Astra-Zeneca (or Pfizer or AbbVie) may be able to help you” and wondered what that meant? If you have commercial health insurance, that might mean a discount card to lower your co-pay to something more affordable. For patients, without health insurance, it could mean a free or discounted prescription, if you know how to access the Patient Assistance Programs sponsored by many pharmaceutical companies.

Many pharmaceutical companies have created Patient Assistance Programs, or PAPs, to provide select brand-name prescriptions at no cost to those patients that meet their financial and insurance criteria. The programs rely on healthcare providers or their staff to submit patient health and financial information, sometimes as often as every 90 days, so patients can receive life-saving prescriptions at no cost to them. Each specific program has its own set of eligibility rules which the patient must meet to be considered for free medications. While a few PAP medications are sent directly to the patient’s home, most are sent to their healthcare provider.

“We have a number of patients that contact us directly from the hospital or have not seen a doctor for many years”, said Nancy Caralla, Executive Director, C Diff Foundation. “By the time they contact us, they tend to have multiple conditions, some advanced, requiring some of the newer and more advanced therapies. Fortunately, those therapies are the ones that are usually available through Patient Assistance Programs.”

Through the affordable pharmaceutical lists provided by Walmart Pharmacy and the GoodRx App. we have also been successful in assisting patients with generic medication information or assistance program availability.

“None of us can do this alone ~ All of us can do this together.”

 

C diff and You app. Available From the Apple Store and Get It On Google

C diff and You

Available From Apple Store and
Get It On Google

Eliminate the hours spent searching for
C. diff. infection information, definitions, and more on the web. Patients, with family members, caregivers,  and friends, are overwhelmed, and absolutely exhausted.

 

 

No one diagnosed with a CDI, and feeling so poorly,  has the time or energy to sit in front of a computer searching, reading, and clicking through pages of information.

Stay connected, stay up-to-date with the C Diff Foundation.

“None of us can do this alone ~ All of us can do this together.”

Download C diff and You today to learn more about
C. diff. (Clostridioides difficile, C. difficile, CDI) infection prevention, treatments, clinical trials, support, environmental safety, and more.

Members of the Junior Infection Fighters Program Are Introduced to an Infection Prevention Study Lead by Key Healthcare Professionals

During the past months of turbulent times and sheer confusion caused by the COVID-19 global pandemic, we look forward to sharing a ray of sunshine whenever possible.

Today we are pleased to share the following published Abstract in the
American Journal of Infection Control by APIC

Engaging Middle School Children in the C Diff Foundation’s Junior Infection Fighters Program

https://www.ajicjournal.org/article/S0196-6553(20)30466-1/pdf

Our profound gratitude to:

Teena Chopra, MD, MPH, Co-Director Medical Education Junior Infection Fighters Program

Maureen Spencer, M. Ed, BSN, RN, CIC, FAPIC, Co-Director Medical Education Junior Infection Fighters Program

Dayle Skelly, BA, C. diff. Survivor, Director Junior Infection Fighters Program

A stellar example of teamwork in coordinating the study, developing educational material, and introducing the children to educational activities focused on healthy-habits and preventing infections.


“None of us can do this alone ~ All of us can do this together.”


We express our gratitude and applaud all who have continued to demonstrate their professional skills, leadership, tireless efforts, and unfailing dedication in areas of specialization and even more so during these unprecedented times.

We are more than grateful to those who forge ahead for the sake of others in need seeking medical care and resolution of this life-threatening infection.

Wishing you good health and continued success.

In gratitude,

Nancy
Nancy C Caralla
Founding President, Executive Director