Skip to main content

Sickness

It was bound to happen--I was "due " for a lung infection after being relatively healthy all semester. I was just waiting for CF to pounce. I'm just glad I didn't get the infection until right before break so I didn't feel miserable in the middle of classes.

My lungs are suffering from upper respiratory problems. The sickness came on fast and furious--one moment, I was enjoying another spiritually challenging Sunday service, praising Jesus with my fellow believers, and the next, I felt like I was about to pass out, stop breathing, lose the ability to focus, or experience all the above at the same time. My blood pressure was low (but that's common for me), my pulse was high, and Advil would not make my headache go away. During my breathing treatment Sunday night, my sputum was pretty disgusting, and I'm pretty sure I coughed up a plug or two. To top it all off, I crashed around 8:30 last night and went to bed around 9.

After some much needed rest, I'm feeling a bit better yesterday and today. However, around the middle of the afternoon yesterday, I could feel my body struggling to stay strong. I've been very tired the past two days, even with multiple cups of coffee. My body used to be able to fight infection so much better, but I feel like I've lost some of my defense mechanisms as I've gotten older. I never used to get fevers with lung infections. Now, it's becoming much more common. I used to be able to function at close to my best when sick, despite having a more limited lung capacity. Now when my body is fighting illness, I am exhausted before the day is even half over. My body is losing some of its ability to stay strong, but I am trying to help by staying hydrated, getting plenty of sleep, doing my treatments effectively, starting on an oral antibiotic, and keeping my nutritional intake up.

If you could please pray for a speedy recovery for my body, I would so appreciate it. I am so grateful for your friendship and the support you all offer me. I believe in the power of prayer and have seen it at work through you!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

CF Walk Letter 2018

Dear friends and family,
I hope this letter finds you doing well! My life looks pretty different this year from last year. In May, I graduated with my master’s in communication sciences and disorders. I started working as a speech-language pathologist in June for a company called SpeechCare, and in July, Eric and I got married. That was a very busy couple months! I love my job; I work mainly with adults with intellectual and/or social disabilities to help improve their communication skills. My clients bring me so much joy! I love being able to help them communicate better with others. Eric and I are also loving being married. Living with Cystic Fibrosis has taught us to never take the time we’re given for granted, and we are making sure we soak up all the moments we’re given and go on plenty of fun adventures. 
My health has been a bit of a struggle in the past few years. I had a round of IV antibiotics in May and then again in September and January. I will be starting IVs within the ne…

The day that was yesterday

Wow. What a day yesterday was. Here’s what happened:
At around 4:45, my hand became numb and tingly. Because I’m a knowledgeable SLP, my first thought was “oh my gosh I’m having a stroke”. Although the numbness was my first (and only) symptom, it was so bizarre how my hand just all of a sudden lost feeling in it. About 5-7 minutes into the numbness sensation, it started traveling up my arm and reached about midway up my forearm. Due to my history of a PE and being on Amicar (a blood clotter) right now because of a lung bleed, pretty much the only option was to go to the ER. I called CF clinic, and they confirmed that I should head over there. The ER is the most disgusting place, especially in the middle of cold and flu season. They also apparently have never heard of CF protocol because I had to demand to be put back in a room immediately and for everyone who came in my room to be gowned, masked, and gloved. From the beginning to the end of the 5 hour ER stay, it was pretty disastrous.…

Thankful in the hard times

With a disease like cystic fibrosis, it can be easy to get lost in all the pain, fear, and frustrations and lose sight of what we have to be thankful for. This year has been rough. I started the year with a blood clot, quickly followed by increasing worry about the state of health care in America, all while losing a significant amount of lung function and dealing with way too many lung bleeds. However, no matter how hard the year, I believe it’s always important to reflect on the many blessings we have been given. It’s too easy to wallow in self-pity and pain otherwise. So this post is dedicated to just that—thanking God for all He has given me. 
I’m thankful for... My new husband ❤️. As I’ve said before, many CFers wonder if they will ever find someone who will choose to love them day in and day out with all the stresses that come with cystic fibrosis. Being the spouse of someone with CF is not for the weak or faint of heart. My husband has taken a crash course in medical terms, health…