Thursday, May 17, 2012

Doctor Day Numero Dos

Today was the second of the two doctor days this week. As I sit here recapping the past week, all I can say is my head is swarming with information, and I'm glad I'm finished with all the appointments for a little while.

This morning, I had an ultrasound of my abdomen done.  Besides a small kidney stone, everything looked okay (Yay! Something's normal?? How strange is that?) At 10:30, I saw my dietician for the second time. We're really trying to work on increasing caloric intake throughout the day. I especially need help coming up with high protein breakfast foods that may not mess with my blood sugar quite as much as normal breakfast foods do. Hence this very creative list of foods I will be trying in the near future:
1. 1/2 Sweet potato mixed with some sort of meat and drizzled with pineapple poblano jelly
2. Corn tortilla with beans, cheese, and avocado
3. "Oprah sandwich"--turkey, avocado, and hummus on whole-grain bread
4. Turkey sausage, cheese, and whole-grain tortilla
5. Gluten-free oatmeal, banana, and no-sugar syrup

That's just a start, of course. We came up with some other ideas, as well. None of that food is "tradition" breakfast foods. However, non-traditional breakfast foods may just be the ticket for me to increase my calories while maintaining my nutrition. We can hope, at least!

Then, this afternoon, I had an appointment with my CF doctor. Unfortunately, my weight was down (again), despite me having felt like I've been eating more lately. My PFTs (pulmonary function test) were down, as well--I'm blowing out just under 2 liters of air, which equates to about 60%. BOO! This was not exactly the news I was expecting. After a rather long appointment (2 1/2 hours, to be exact), my doctor and I decided to try a course of two different oral antibiotics to fight the lung infection and try to hold my CF at bay until middle July, when I will do a course of IV antibiotics. In the meantime, my job is to start gaining weight and continue doing my treatments/exercise regimen to stay in the best shape possible.

Can anyone besides me say thank goodness for the end of doctor week? Although it was very nice to  get all the appointments over with at once and I would do it again in a heartbeat, this week has been rather exhausting, emotionally, physically, and mentally. Now, I've got to debrief and start putting the many different plans to action!

Time to put on the boxing gloves and get to fighting!

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