I have been really short of breath and coughing more so I made an appointment with CF clinic. Today was the day. I did lung functions and they were actually up since I was last seen in November. My FEV1 was 37%/1.05L. I decided to do IVs in hopes of that I caught whatever this is before it got bad. I will be on cefapime every 8 hours and amikacin every 24 hours and have labs twice a week. I have a follow up appointment on February 7th.
Until next time…
I finished the “Five Feet Apart” book. It was cute but has definite untruths. (Spoiler alert! If you don’t want to know about the book/movie before you read/watch it then don’t continue reading haha) Continue reading
The above movie is coming out in March. It is about two people with CF who fall in love. The meaning behind the name of the movie is a play on what the recommendation is from the CF Foundation about staying 6 feet apart if two CF patients are together. Continue reading
Hello all! It’s been a little bit since I updated. I have had a hard time with switching antidepressants BUT I’m finally starting to feel like myself again. I still have some work to do but I’m getting there. Like I said in the last post I kind of regretted stopping the Effexor, well I’m back on it. The other meds just weren’t cutting it so I asked to be put back on the Effexor. It’s been 4 weeks and I’m finally feeling decent. I have lost weight from changing antidepressants. My appetite hasn’t been the best but it’s getting better. Continue reading
I started Symdeko April 19th. It started to affect my mood (depression and anxiety), my hair has been shedding and giving me slight acne. I decided to stop taking Symdeko mainly due to the depression and anxiety issue. I have not felt like myself in awhile. I made the decision to stop the Symdeko and the Effexor and find another antidepressant that will hopefully work better for me. Now I’m thinking maybe I should have just stopped the Symdeko, but I didn’t think it was causing any issues until I realized that was the only new thing. Now that I’m off of the Effexor I will try my best not to go back on it if at all possible since it was so hard to come off of it. Continue reading
I finished 3 weeks of IVs earlier this week. I do feel better than I did BUT I’m still having coughing attacks. I’m attributing it more to asthma though. I was offered prednisone at clinic on Friday (yesterday) but I declined for the time being. I’m going to hold off and see if treatments and such can help. We all know how much I love prednisone, NOT! My lung functions were the same at FEV1 .96L/34%. My first two attempts were 33% and my last one was the 34%. I will follow-up in 6 weeks. Continue reading
When I was at CF clinic on the 2nd, I asked for oral antibiotics hoping I wouldn’t need IVs. Sometimes (not too often anymore) I can get by with orals instead of going straight to IVs. With my line of drugs that don’t work I’m limited. Well I had to call them back because my cough and wheeze were still hanging around. I asked only for a short burst of prednisone hoping it would help. You guessed it, I had to throw in the towel and ask for IVs because my cough was persistent and the amount I’m coughing up has increased. I went for lung functions and they were down a little (FEV1 34%/.98L). When compared to my last set of lung functions they are down 4%. Continue reading