Today I had my 3 month check up. First stop was the lab for my yearly labs. I managed to con my nurse into waiting on my glucose tolerance test for awhile. I hate that test. It upsets my stomach and sometimes gives me a headache from all the sugar. Plus being stuck 3 times in the hand (my arms are too scared for blood draws) in 3 hours sucks. Next stop was pulmonary function lab..My lung functions were basically the same. My FEV1 was 39%/1.08L. Last time was 40%. So holding steady is good. Last stop was clinic…oh yeah I was weighed in the pulmonary lab and I have lost weight which is good. With Trikafta I gained a lot of weight. I think I’m down about 10 pounds. I’ll take what I can get! I haven’t really been trying that hard. I did start calorie. counting and watching my diet but I saw that I was rarely going over my allowed calories so I stopped counting. haha. My doctor said my lungs sound good and I look good. My oxygen company contacted me to let me know it was time for my reevaluation to see if I still need oxygen. I haven’t used oxygen in about 2 years so I will be saying bye to my concentrator and portable oxygen. I’m ok with that because I wouldn’t fail the 6 minute walk showing I need oxygen. I just liked having it as a crutch just in case I was having a bad day. I can always get it back if needed. I see him back in 3 months for another regular check up. Now I just wait for my lab results.
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Today I had a follow up appointment from being on IVs. First up was vitals, all good some too good (weight….). Next up was lung functions. I’m holding steady for a year now. Of course there has been some ups and a lot of downs but I’ve managed to hold steady. My FEV1 was 36% / 1.00L. My sputum that I brought into clinic was a little pinkish from blood and is something to keep an eye on. If I have real blood then it would mean an admission to figure things out with more testing and to do IV antibiotics of course. Next up was pharmacy techs to go over my meds. I had stopped the azithromycin (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) because I didn’t see the point of it and wasn’t seeing any affects of it. I was then schooled in azithromycin 101 (because I was honest and told the truth that I had stopped it…haha) and told that it is not only for anti-inflammatory properties but it lessens CF exacerbations as well in studies. I will be restarting that one. I also questioned the singular (for allergies and asthma) because I once again wasn’t noticing any difference. I was told I could stop that one and see how I do off of it because it can have some psych side effects and we all know that I already have depression and anxiety and don’t need any help in causing problems in that area.
Doctor time! We discussed a lot today since it had been a year since I’ve been seen in person and not a Telehealth visit. He informed me that I am due for my bone density test yet again. I swear that thing sneaks up on me every time. I will be scheduled for that and if it shows no improvement since the last one, which showed osteoporosis, then we will talk about doing Reclast infusion once a year instead of the fosamax pill once a week to see if that makes any difference. I was started on Vitron+C (iron plus vitamin C) a month and a half ago because my iron was on the low side. He had them draw labs today to check my iron to see where it’s at. I’m not a huge fan of the vitron because it upsets my tummy in the sense of stinky gas and bowel movements. I told him my husband was really the one who wanted to know how much longer I needed to take it…haha. If I still need it we talked about doing an iron infusion instead of the pills. We will cross that bridge once we get results from the bloodwork.
CFers need colonoscopies starting at age 40 and I am 41, oops. Some clinics start at 35. So we will be getting that scheduled as well. He gave me the option to wait until I get the COVID vaccine or just do it now. I said do it now and get it over with because who knows when I’ll be eligible for the vaccine. It’s not pleasant so just get it over with. CFers have to do a much longer prep than you healthy folks. I will have to be on a clear liquid diet for a few days leading up to the prep to help clear out my colon. I also have to do more of a prep (lots of GoLytly), not looking forward to it but it must be done. My mom and grandma were prone to polyps so I need to get it done. I think that might be all. I’m sure I forgot something. I should have taken notes since it was such a long appointment…haha.
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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.
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Today I had CF clinic. Thanks to Trikafta my weight is up, not that I want it to be. haha My lung functions are holding steady at 37%/1.06 L FEV1. In October they were 36%/1.02 L FEV1. It is unclear if I will gain any lung function on Trikafta, only time will tell. I’m just happy if I hold steady and put off lung transplant as long as possible which gives us more time to fundraise. The hope is that Trikafta will extend the time between exacerbations (lung infection) needing IV antibiotics. Continue reading
Today I had CF clinic. It was an all around good visit. Sometimes I hate saying that I feel “good” because I know it won’t last forever. First up was lung functions. My FEV1 was 35%/.98L which is pretty much the same as last time. My weight was stable at 123 and my pulse ox was 95%. I met with the whole team of folks and was sent on my way. Can’t complain there. The pulled muscle I had FOREVER is finally better. Short and sweet update!
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Still fundraising for transplant at www.COTAforShannonM.com. Thank you for everyone that has already donated, it is greatly appreciated.
I got home from the hospital on Tuesday afternoon. It was a long week in lock up. I survived though. I have major steroid brain after having a lot of IV solumedrol steroid (80mg a day) while inpatient. I am now tapering down from 60mg prednisone, a long taper. I’m so fuzzy, scatterbrained, antsy and swollen feeling…so annoying. I’m having a hard time even focusing on this post, I’m trying not to be all over the place…haha. Continue reading
I have been really short of breath and coughing more so I made an appointment with CF clinic. Today was the day. I did lung functions and they were actually up since I was last seen in November. My FEV1 was 37%/1.05L. I decided to do IVs in hopes of that I caught whatever this is before it got bad. I will be on cefapime every 8 hours and amikacin every 24 hours and have labs twice a week. I have a follow up appointment on February 7th.
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Hello all! It’s been a little bit since I updated. I have had a hard time with switching antidepressants BUT I’m finally starting to feel like myself again. I still have some work to do but I’m getting there. Like I said in the last post I kind of regretted stopping the Effexor, well I’m back on it. The other meds just weren’t cutting it so I asked to be put back on the Effexor. It’s been 4 weeks and I’m finally feeling decent. I have lost weight from changing antidepressants. My appetite hasn’t been the best but it’s getting better. Continue reading
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
After 3 weeks of antibiotics, I am not all the way better. I still have an annoying cough that wakes me at night. I cough so hard that I see stars and almost see black…not cool. Today’s appointment went as follows: Vitals (all good, O2 was 96 on 2L), My lung function was FEV1 of 38% / 1.08L which is still stable. Stable is good when it comes to lung functions. Continue reading