I had covid last month and my lung functions went down to 37%, from 41%. I had a mild case of covid. I had a cough and I basically slept for about 5 days. Not much more than that. I did have the antibody infusion and a weeks worth of prednisone for the chest tightness.
Today was my regular 3 month check up. My lung functions went back up to 40% / 1.12L FEV1. I have managed to lose 5 pounds, which is good. My lungs sounded good, no wheezing, at least when he listened to me. We discussed the mental health side effect of the Trikafta that I have been dealing with. It has been worse since Covid as well. I have more blah days than I would like. I made an appointment with my psych doctor to discuss my meds and a possible change in one of them. That appointment is in 2 weeks. Maybe with a med change my blah days will be less and I will have motivation. Summer is my favorite season because of the ability to be outside in the sunshine which usually helps my mood.
I go back in 3 months for a regular check up. I will have my yearly labs drawn at that time to check my vitamin levels, liver function and kidney function, among other things. They check my sputum culture every clinic visit to see what bugs I’m growing in my lungs. I am usually growing only pseudomonas. We only treat it if I am having symptoms of an exacerbation. That would be increased cough, drop in lung functions, more wheezing/tightness, fever (I rarely run a fever when sick though), fatigue, lack of exercise endurance, etc.
All in all it was a good visit. We did talk about adding Spiriva (inhaler) for my asthma if I feel like I need it later. I didn’t want to add it just yet. I’m going to try using my albuterol inhaler before I do the treadmill to see if that helps with the wheezing while I exercise but that is the only change.
Until next time…
February 2020 was the last time I was on IVs. I would like to think it is Trikafta making the difference. I usually do IVs every 3-5 months so that’s a plus of Trikafta. It makes me attempt to take the bad (weight gain) with the good. Oh I did my lung functions with my home spirometer. My best fev1 was 35%. So basically holding steady which is good. They had dropped a little over the last few weeks but managed to be back to my baseline today of course. Haha
With that said I have been fighting something for a few weeks. I’ve had an increased cough, coughing more stuff up (which is less since Trikafta), more short of breath, been using my oxygen at night to help, wheezy and fatigue. I made the call for IVs. I have a telemed appointment on Thursday with my CF clinic. So I called to see if they wanted to see me or would prescribe IVs without. Thanks to Covid I was about to get things going without being seen but still have me appointment on Thursday to check in. My port is accessed, labs are drawn and a chest X-ray is done. Busy day at the hospital. Now I wait for the home health to deliver my IV supplies. I will be on Zosyn every 6 hours for 2 weeks. Here’s to no sleep!
Mentally I’ve been in a funk. We are coming up on the anniversary of my moms passing, Jan 19. It’s always a tough time reliving it. We are coming up on 5 years. So my depression has been creeping up. I’m trying my best. Yes I’m still seeing a counselor and taking my antidepressants but that’s not a cure all. There are still bad days. I take what I get.
Until next time…
My previous counselor retired….insert sad Shannon. I had been seeing her for 4 and a half years. I last saw her at the end of July. Today I saw my new counselor. I really like her. I even was given homework.
My mental health is very important. When you have a life threatening genetic disease it is good to always have someone to talk to whether it’s a friend or family member you trust. I have plenty friends with CF which help a ton! They know what I am going through when it comes to CF which is great. I can bounce ideas and things off of them which is also great. With that said, having a professional person to talk to is always a good thing.
I see a psychiatrist that manages my antidepressants and anxiety meds but doing talk therapy helps in a whole other way. It helps me tremendously. You are not weak if you reach out for help. It is the strongest thing you can do for yourself.
Make sure you are taking care of yourself inside and out. If you are not feeling like yourself and you can’t seem to shake it, seek help. I am always here for you but professional help is always best.
My depression has been pretty stable even through this stupid pandemic. The anxiety is another story but I’m managing it with meds and talk therapy.
CF health update: I have been feeling pretty good. I had my yearly labs drawn along with my liver labs for the new CF med Trikafta. My vitamin D was a little elevated so I had to stop all vitamins, calcium and extra vitamin D. They will redraw my blood in 3-6 months to check my vitamin levels again. High vitamin D can cause problems with organs especially the kidneys which I have had issues with before. I was taking extra calcium and vitamin D was because of my osteoporosis diagnosis. I take Fosamax weekly for it as well. I do know that I am not having any of the side effects of high vitamin D which are nausea, vomiting, poor appetite, stomach pain, constipation and diarrhea.
I have been on Trikafta (the new CF drug) for about 10 months. My liver levels have been good every 3 months when they have been drawn. After being on Trikafta for a year I should be able to go to having labs drawn every year. There is a possibility they may want to check my levels more often since I do have nodules on my liver to make sure my liver enzymes are still maintaining. Who knows they could request a liver ultrasound at some point since that is what my transplant team does at my yearly check ups with them. I didn’t get to go to my May appointments because of COVID. I’m not sure when I will get them rescheduled. Maybe next summer when things “have calmed” down.
I think that is a good update for now. I do have a Telehealth visit for CF clinic on September 3rd. I’ll update if there is any thing to update about. haha
Until next time…
Hey all! It’s been a little while since I have updated. I have not been feeling well for a few weeks. I have been coughing more, especially at night. I went for lung functions and to give a sputum sample today. My lung function is down just a tad. My FEV1 was .95L/33%, down from 35%. That’s the amount of air that I can push out in the first second after taking in a big deep breath. Which basically means I’m using 33% of my lung capacity. Continue reading
As I sit here doing a breathing treatment, which includes the vest along with DuoNeb, Budesonide and Pulmozyme, I think how stupid all of this is. I know it’s what I have to do but the vest makes it so hard to breathe when I already don’t feel like I can get enough air in. Let me rewind a minute…I called my doc for a prednisone burst/taper for my severe tightness and wheezing. I finished my taper of prednisone yesterday. I’m not feeling better so I called back and asked for antibiotics. I started oral Bactrim and Levaquin yesterday. I have a CF clinic appointment on Thursday so we shall see how I am then. 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
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
I saw my psych doctor today to talk about my depression and anxiety. My antidepressants aren’t helping anymore. I’m on Effexor and have been for many years and it’s not working for me anymore. We are going to wean me off the Effexor and starting Trintellix (a newer med). It’s not going to be an easy time weaning off the Effexor because I have been on it so long. I pray that it is an easy transition onto the new med. I need a break through. I deserve a win in this one. Continue reading
We took a short road trip to Panama City, FL to see some good friends this past weekend. We were able to go to the beach on Saturday. I realized my happy place, the beach, is hard for me to get to with all the walking. I had to take breaks walking the boardwalk and then on the beach. Once I got to our spot to sit I was ok just sitting and enjoying the sand and surf. I went in the water and that wore me out as well. Holding myself steady in the waves was hard and took my breath away. With all that said the beach is still my happy place even though it is hard on me now. I want to be able to travel and not have to worry about getting out of breath, coughing, breathing treatments, etc. Continue reading
Depression on a rainy day is no fun. Depression itself is no fun to live with. Depression on a holiday where we honor the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country is not easy either. Reading/hearing all the stories of the fallen heroes is hard when you are not having a good mental day. I got teary eyed (as usual) as the XM radio’s “The Highway” played “Taps” to honor those killed in action. This weekend has been hard one for me and I don’t really know why. Continue reading