On a new journey…

A few months ago I shared about the new CF drug Symdeko (Symdeko post).  After much tossing around of the idea of taking the new drug I finally decided to give it a try.  I started the drug 3 days ago.  It is twice a day and I have to take it with a meal/snack containing a good amount of fat to help it absorb.   Continue reading

Spring cleaning of sorts…

I went to see my CF doctor today on national doctor day…haha.  I was there for a sick visit not to wish him a happy day.  I have been coughing more, especially at night which sucks.  I wanted to be seen and get on something before it gets too bad especially with it being a holiday weekend.   Continue reading

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

New CF drug!

New CF Combo Therapy, Symdeko by Vertex, Approved by FDA for Certain Patients

Vertex Pharmaceuticals announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Symdeko (tezacaftor/ivacaftor and ivacaftor) as a therapy for cystic fibrosis (CF) patients carrying two copies of the F508del mutation in the CFTR gene (the gene defective in CF) or with one mutation that responds to tezacaftor/ivacaftor. 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

Transplant Talk: Sinking in

Now that I am actually getting to the point of listing it is sinking in how sick I really am.  I am sleeping about 12-15 hours a day and even more if I take a nap.  You may say how is that possible or wonder why I am sleeping so much.  My body is very worn out just from working to breathe and then there is the coughing on top of that.  My body is sore from all the coughing I do. Continue reading