I had an MRI on December 22nd and didn’t hear anything until after the holidays. The results are that I have a minimal C6-C7 impingement (pinched nerve) in my neck. There was nothing of significance in my upper back to give reason for my lung/chest pain on the MRI. The lung/chest pain is most likely from pulled muscles from coughing so much and so forcefully. I am awaiting a referral to a neurosurgeon for the pinched nerve in my neck. I have had the pain in my neck along with headaches for about 6 months. I’m happy to have an answer about my neck but bummed that we really don’t have any concrete answer about my lung/chest pain. The lung/chest pain is slightly better, especially the fractured rib site, than it was when it began. Now it seems that the rest of my muscles in my chest are sore from compensating for the pain which is no fun. I see a neurosurgeon on a February 2nd about the pinched nerve. More on that later.
I spent the day at the hospital with 2 different appointments. First up was my CF clinic check up from my 21 day course of IVs. My main complaint today was the continued pain in my right side. My appointment was at 9:30am and I was finished at 12pm. A lot of people complain about waiting at doctors offices. I, on the other hand, am used to it. It is par for the course when you have CF (or any other chronic illness). I respect that my doctors and nurses take their time with their patients because that means they will give me all the time I need when it is my turn. My appointments are also long because I have to see other people during the visit, i.e.; respiratory therapist, dietitian, social worker, nurse, nurse practioner and/or doctor. I am now a professional “waiter” by this stage in my life. Continue reading
IV antibiotic update: Last Thursday (the 1st) I had my regular labs drawn. I received a call Friday morning to stop the Colistin and “drink enough to float a boat” because my creatinine had gone up to 1.2. That meant that my kidneys were starting to “get hurt” by the colistin since it is filtered through the kidneys. We don’t need any more kidney injuries like we had a year and a half-ish ago when my creatinine went way up to 6.9! It is better to stop it before it gets to bad. I had my labs rechecked on Monday (the 5th) and my creatinine was back into normal range. I continued the cefapime every 8 hours for the last 7 days of the 21 day regimen. Continue reading
Saturday will be 14 days of IVs so I called my nurse to let her know how I am feeling. I am still having the pain in my lower right side (just at the bottom of my ribs) that has been there for a few weeks. I’m convinced that my right lung has it out for me. It seems to be where most of my infection is, I fracture ribs from coughing on that side and I also get random pains on that side. Maybe it’s my special party trick. Continue reading
(Kind of a ramble…sorry) It is day 11 of IV antibiotics. I felt horrible over Thanksgiving and the weekend. My husband was sick last Monday and Tuesday as well. We were no fun last week, that’s for sure. We had Thanksgiving lunch in our PJs and watched Netflix and football. My husband is back to his healthy self, thank goodness. When my husband came up sick, we thought it best to cancel my sisters trip here for the holiday. We didn’t need to subject my sister, nieces and nephew to all the germs in our house. We sure missed having them here for the few days. The worst part is hearing that my oldest niece was crying and upset because she couldn’t come see aunt Shannon. That broke my heart. Of course, I am now thinking of when we can get a visit arranged ASAP. She said she wants to come here for her birthday. I agreed that was a great idea! Spring break in Tennessee!! Whoo hoo!!! Continue reading
I had a chest CT yesterday. It showed a few new spots/infiltrates which are infection but generally speaking it is stable-ish from my last chest CT, no major changes just subtle changes.
I haven’t been feeling good for a week or more. Mornings are the worst, as usual, but once I get moving and do my morning breathing treatment it is more tolerable in general. I have been having my usual symptoms of an exacerbation; increased cough, increased sputum, increased fatigue, increased pain on my right side of my chest, increased over all blah feeling.
All of that means that I am the winner of IVs for the next 21 days/3 weeks!! I will be on Colistin (IV push) every 12 hours and Zosyn (IV ball) every 6 hours. IVs take a lot out of me so I will be worse before I’m better. Hopefully this means I will be good to go for our busy house full over Christmas. They are drawing fungal labs to verify if there is anything fungal could be the culprit. I will be seeing my CF team again on December 15th. I will be having a repeat chest x-ray a few days before that to see if there are any changes. I’m starting the IVs tonight but will only get 1 dose of each medicine in tonight. 21 days of IVs should be December 8/9.
Until next time…
Wednesday I had a chest x-ray to check the progress of the upper right lobe where I was having the slight pain, which is where the x-ray showed the atelectasis (air trapping). My x-ray was unchanged. The prednisone didn’t do much if anything for the atelectasis. The next step is a chest CT. I am scheduled for the CT Thursday the 17th. After they get the results from the CT we will then figure out what the next step will be and if there needs to be. The atelectasis could simply be more shadowing and not as prominent as it appears which the CT will give us a more definite answer. Continue reading