Well well look what we have here…rebellious lungs, big surprise there! I sent my nurse an email on Friday letting her know about the blood and that I felt tight and wheezy. I also let her know that I stopped the TOBI podhaler since I am pretty sure that was the culprit to the blood AND the tightness and wheeziness. She agreed and was “ok” with me stopping it. As the weekend went on I was no better and maybe worse off. I texted my nurse to ask if I could go ahead and start some prednisone that I had on hand at home. She never got back to me because the doctor never got back to her. She texted me this morning asking that I call her when I was up.
I called and somewhat waved the white flag, let me explain. haha The doc told her that I could do a prednisone taper and/or oral Cipro. As much as oral antibiotics haven’t been working for me in the recent past I went ahead and agreed to do both the taper and oral Cipro. The prednisone taper starts at 60mg for 3 days then goes to 40mg for 3 days then to 20mg for 3 days then finally 10mg for 4 days. Can you say bring on the ROID RAGE! I am apologizing now for any and all craziness that may (pretty sure it will) come up in the next 13 days. Please pray for the guys in my house. I hope we all make it with no casualties. haha The Cipro is 750mg twice a day for 14 days, I believe. I will see how I feel in a week and go from there. I hope I will feel and be breathing better by then, which I most likely will because of the prednisone.
I have a love/hate relationship with prednisone. It works wonders but the side effects are a doosy. It can, and usually does, bring on sleeplessness, mood swings, irritability, increased appetite, weight gain and a puffy face, just to name a few.
Here’s to hoping and praying these oral antibiotics do the trick and that my family and myself survive the roid rage.
Until next time…