Coughing hazards

Interesting title?  Let me explain.  I was at a friends house on Sunday evening sitting on a bar stool at her kitchen island chit chatting with her while she was cooking/baking.  Along comes a coughing fit.  A doosey one where I see stars and shake.  Well this one went a little farther and I blacked out for a second and fell out of the bar stool straight on my face.  Yes, you read that right.  Pictures below… Continue reading

Quick clinic update

I had CF clinic today to follow up from when I was on IVs.  My lung functions were up a little to 30% / .87L FEV1.  We talked about this range being my new normal (baseline) for lung functions.  Thanks virus, thanks a lot.  I shared with him what was done at Barnes for my transplant appointment, some of which he already knew.  I also received some clarification about my care with them post transplant and pre transplant while I am in Missouri.  They will be able to help me when in MO if needed and post transplant I will still see them a few times a year for other CF care on top of lung functions when Barnes wants them so I don’t have to drive the 8 hours for some parts of the regular check ups. Continue reading

(Pre) Transplant Appointments

I arrived to St. Louis Sunday evening.  My sister joined me early Monday morning since she was coming from Kansas City and me from Knoxville, TN.  I must have someone (caretaker) with me at all my transplant appointments, it’s part of the deal.  Luckily I have people to rotate, haha. Continue reading

Impromptu clinic day

Well my 2018 has been shitty so far, literal and figuratively speaking.  Not that you cared to know that.  I got that virus around Christmas weekend and it seems to have found a happy home in my body.  I have been super short of breath just walking and even sitting therefore I have been using my oxygen pretty much 24/7, unless it doesn’t reach where I’m going in the house. Continue reading

Virus hell

I started having viral symptoms on the 22nd)…fevers, body aches, chills, horrendous cough, horrible chest pain from all the coughing, shortness of breath, etc. I finally had enough yesterday and had to go to the ER. There was no CF clinic for me to be seen in this week so ER it was. I tested negative for the flu which I was exposed to. My chest X-ray showed no changes and no pneumonia, all good there. Labs showed that my white count was elevated so my body was definitely fighting something.  I was started on IV Zosyn and oral Levaquin. I didn’t get to my room until 9pm.  I did lung functions while in the ER and my FEV1 was down 10% to 28%.  That’s a decent drop.  This virus or whatever it is a doozy. Continue reading

Clinic appointment today

After 3 weeks of antibiotics, I am not all the way better.  I still have an annoying cough that wakes me at night.  I cough so hard that I see stars and almost see black…not cool.  Today’s appointment went as follows:  Vitals (all good,  O2 was 96 on 2L), My lung function was FEV1 of 38% / 1.08L which is still stable.  Stable is good when it comes to lung functions. Continue reading

3 Weeks of IVs down

Just a short update:  I finished 21 days of IV Aztreonam on Monday.  The Levaquin was not extended which I am grateful for.  It causes me lots of arthritic pain and makes moving around painful in my joints, all over.  As for how I’m feeling now…I’m decent enough.  I still have a dry sounding productive cough.  I will keep an eye/ear on it. Continue reading