Coughing Hazard

A few days ago I started having sharp pain in my left lower side at the end of my ribs.  I’m pretty sure I have pulled a muscle or fractured a rib again from coughing.  There’s not much you can do for either except to manage the pain.  Of course coughing hurts like crazy.  I’m trying to master breathing and coughing with my right side only with no luck…haha.  Just kidding.  I might ask for an X-ray at some point if I require more pain management.  I’m trying to just deal with it but it’s annoying.  Just wanted to get this into my blog for my memory, which sucks.  It’s just another part of my reality.  Coughing sucks.

Until next time…

It’s my birthday!!

Whoop Whoop!!!  I made it to 39!  When I was born the life expectancy was 12 years old. I have a little ways to get to the new life expectancy of 47.5 (I think that is what it is now, it keeps changing).  I got a great birthday present of getting off IVs yesterday.  It was a long 3 weeks of antibiotics.  I am feeling pretty much the same which I will take because I am not worse.  Of course I would like to be better but now since my lung function is low I don’t get much bump from antibiotics but I maintain.  I have a clinic appointment next week.  I’ll update after that appointment to let you all know what my lung functions look like and what the doc says.

Until next time…

3 weeks of IVs complete

I finished 3 weeks of IVs earlier this week.  I do feel better than I did BUT I’m still having coughing attacks.  I’m attributing it more to asthma though.  I was offered prednisone at clinic on Friday (yesterday) but I declined for the time being.  I’m going to hold off and see if treatments and such can help.  We all know how much I love prednisone, NOT!  My lung functions were the same at FEV1 .96L/34%.  My first two attempts were 33% and my last one was the 34%.  I will follow-up in 6 weeks. Continue reading

IVs it is

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

Depression really sucks

I am officially off the Effexor and it has not been easy.  I am experiencing what are called “brain zaps.”  It is really like your brain goes “bzzz zzzz zzz.”  It is very annoying and makes me want to scream.  My body is sore.  The commercials that say “depression hurts” are the truth.  It doesn’t help right now that I am on Levaquin that causes joint and muscle pain.  It’s a double whammy. Continue reading