Check in time!

I just wanted to give you guys an update since I’ve had a lot of people asking me how I am feeling since getting home. Well, that’s a loaded question really. CF sick is very different from “normal” sick. Most healthy people recover fairly quickly from the parainfluenza/flu or other viruses. However, with having CF (which already has my lungs very scared and diseased) a respiratory virus takes much longer to recover from. You have to take into account how bad my lungs already are. My baseline lung function is 30-35% which is not very much. Healthy people can have upwards of 100+% lung function, so my lungs suck very bad. So with having the parainfluenza on top of a regular CF exacerbation, it makes it much harder to “get better.”

I have cultured pseudomonas for years (I’m talking like 35+ years probably) in my lungs. That means that when I have a CF exacerbation (flare up if you will) we treat the pseudomonas. I will never get rid of it. We are basically treating the symptoms (increased cough, increased sputum production, more shortness of breath, increased wheezing, etc) and somewhat hope to knock the pseudomonas down a little bit. It doesn’t go far by any means because my lungs love to hold onto it and keep it nice and safe in there.

Antibiotics (oral and IV) don’t work as good as they used to for me. That’s the case because I have been on antibiotics so much over the years, my body gets used to them and they don’t have as much of an effect. I am allergic to some antibiotics which eliminates them for being in my arsenal as well. Prednisone doesn’t seem to open my lungs up like it used to either.

So with all that said…I am basically feeling the same, no better and no worse. I am very organized with my breathing treatments and IVs. One reason I don’t like being in the hospital is that they don’t keep a strict schedule with things. Yes, in the hospital I get my IVs in the window of time (every 8 hours for the current med) and breathing treatments when I request them. When I’m at home, I am on time with IV times and do my breathing treatments every 4-5 hours, except for when I’m sleeping unless I need one. I like being in charge of my stuff. I know I will do everything when I need it. Some people may go into the hospital and assume the nurses and doctors have it under control. That’s not always the case. I take better care of myself at home than they do in the hospital for my regular CF stuff. You have to be your own advocate for your healthcare. That’s why it’s very important to know what medicines you are on, when you take them, know your allergies, medical history and much more.

I’m sorry this is long…Bear with me. I just felt the need to explain that all in hopes that you can understand better what being CF sick is all about (within reason). So yes, I wish I could tell you I’m much better after being released from the hospital but that’s not the case. It’s going to take some time. I will continue to do all the things I need to do to make the best recovery. I’m hoping to get back to 30-35% lung function since that has been been baseline for some time now. Also remember that CF is a progressive disease which means it does get worse over time, with usually a slow decline. Now going from 34% to 21% lung function (relatively quick) was a bit of a shocker to the ol lungs and harder to adapt to. With CF being a slow progressing disease, you learn to adapt to lower lung function as it comes. Ok, I think that is a good update for now. Haha. Thank you for hanging in until the end of this post. Thank you for all the love, support and prayers!!

Until next time…

Day(s) of Recovery

I now understand why my mom slept all the time near the end of her life.  No I’m not saying I’m at the end, don’t worry.  She would have a good day and be able to hang and do a bunch of things then the next day she would sleep pretty much all day.  She may have even needed 2 days of recovery depending on what she had going on.  I’m sure I have written about this before but the reason I am writing about it now is because we had a double date last night for dinner and the Dan + Shay concert.  Before that I was able to go to a very good friends promotion ceremony which was about 2 hours long with the ceremony and the party after.  My busy day started at about 12pm with getting ready and we got home around 11pm.  I was so very tired when we got home that I wanted to just go to bed but that’s not possible, I have to do a breathing treatment first. Continue reading

Progression…may as well be a curse word

(Kind of a ramble…sorry)  It is day 11 of IV antibiotics.  I felt horrible over Thanksgiving and the weekend.  My husband was sick last Monday and Tuesday as well.  We were no fun last week, that’s for sure.  We had Thanksgiving lunch in our PJs and watched Netflix and football.  My husband is back to his healthy self, thank goodness.  When my husband came up sick, we thought it best to cancel my sisters trip here for the holiday.  We didn’t need to subject my sister, nieces and nephew to all the germs in our house.  We sure missed having them here for the few days.  The worst part is hearing that my oldest niece was crying and upset because she couldn’t come see aunt Shannon.  That broke my heart.  Of course, I am now thinking of when we can get a visit arranged ASAP.  She said she wants to come here for her birthday.  I agreed that was a great idea!  Spring break in Tennessee!!  Whoo hoo!!! Continue reading

Losing or winning the battle

When someone with a disease passes away many people use the phrase “<name> lost their battle with <disease>.”  That statement can be taken as if the persons disease won and took them.  I know when people use that statement they don’t mean that the person was weak and let the disease win.  They mean that they died and the cause was that persons disease.  Some people take it as an insult.  I personally don’t because I understand people’s intention behind it.  Also everyone grieves differently.  As a person with a disease I know that I fight everyday to keep living.  I don’t necessarily feel that it is a “battle” but the life I was given even though it is much harder than some.  Some days are much harder than others and some days are much better than others.  Life with CF is all I know.  I was diagnosed at 5 months old so I don’t know any different. Continue reading

Clinic update

Today was clinic day.  If there is one thing CF clinic has taught me over the years, it’s patience.  I am used to it so it is no big deal but others would flip if they had to sit in the doctors office for 2.5 hours or more.

I haven’t been feeling the greatest as you know since I started oral cipro and prednisone.  I have been on both for 11 days.  I have 2 days of prednisone left and 3 days of cipro left.  Today’s clinic wasn’t the greatest.  First stop was lung functions which were down from last time.  This time my FEV1 was 1.37 / 46%.  Last time I believe they were 1.47.  They aren’t down a ton but they seem to be taking a slow decline.  Gotta love having a progressive disease that you have no control over. Continue reading