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.
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 →
It was a good clinic visit today. It’s always good when they say that you look the best they have seen you look in awhile. I don’t know if I can attribute that to the Symdeko or just feeling decent. I’m not trying to sound like a doubting Debbie but I just haven’t had any major “ah ha moments” to convince me it is symdeko but I should stop that way of thinking. It is obviously working for the better, especially since I haven’t had any of the side effects. Continue reading →
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 →
Yesterday was surgery day for my gallbladder removal. My gallbladder has been bothering me for a few months if not longer. I had lots of gallstones per the ultrasound. On the ultrasound, it was also constricted like it does when you are eating when it wasn’t supposed to be because I hadn’t eaten for at least 8 hours. Then was the hyda scan which is where they inject a nuclear substance through IV and wait for it to get into your system so they can see the things they need to see. The hyda scan took longer than it should have because my gallbladder was playing hide and seek, it wasn’t showing up within the hour like it should have. I had to go back for more scans/pictures an hour later and if it hadn’t shown up so slightly at that point I would have had to wait 3 more hours! Thankfully my gallbladder showed up ever so slightly but good enough to show that it wasn’t cooperating. When I saw the surgeon 2 days later there was no debate, it was coming out. Continue reading →
I called my nurse today and asked for the obligatory 3rd week of IVs. 14 days never seems to get me over the hump. Although, I would love to be needle free tomorrow, that will have to wait another 7 days. Continue reading →
I managed to get myself up and out the door for 2 doctor appointments. I had a very hard day yesterday, emotionally and physically. I finished my Effexor taper the day before which brought on the emotional bad day of crying spells out of nowhere, rages, screaming/yelling out of frustration, brain zaps, can’t find the right words for things, wobbly, dizzy, etc. Physical symptoms are non productive cough which sucks. I can’t sleep for more than an hour at a time it seems. I can’t get comfortable. My anxiety is through the roof. Yada yada yada yada. Continue reading →
Today’s clinic visit was a follow up from my last admission. Ya know, the one where I kept coughing up blood, yeah that one. The visit was short and “sweet” because I had so many other things I had to get done today so I put them on a deadline of when I needed to be out of there. hahaha Continue reading →
I received my letter of determination from my lung transplant evaluation….
“This letter is in regards to your recent lung transplant evaluation at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO. Based on the results of you evaluation, we feel like you may be a suitable candidate for lung transplant in our program. However, there are some program requirements that must be met before you can be listed with the United Network of Organ Sharing at our hospital. Therefore, you have not been listed with the UNOS at this time. Attached is a letter from your Nurse Coordinator outlining the requirements that must be successfully completed prior to listing for lung transplant.”
We are heading out to St. Louis to Barnes Jewish Hospital for the week of transplant evaluation. With that comes a lot of emotions as you can imagine. I am excited, nervous, anxious and ready to breathe. Not that they are going to fix me right up while we are there but I’m ready to get some answers and find out where I am on the transplant spectrum. Continue reading →