Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Starting at the Beginning
From that point, I quickly began accumulating different treatments to fill my day. It was hard, because my breathing treatments took at least twenty minutes each, and I had to do them twice a day. That is a lot of time for someone who is wanting to be outside playing with her neighborhood friends. There are many times that I remember crying when my parents made me come in to do a treatment in the middle of a game of hide-and-seek or kickball. I did it all anyways, and for the most part, I stayed relatively healthy. There were periodic hospital stays for pneumonia or bronchitis, and I dealt with it. My CF doctors believed in doing bronchoscopies (when they go in and flush out the lungs) regularly as a preventative measure, so I began having one done almost every year. Again, I dealt with it and kept going.
There is so much more that I could write on this part, but I don't want to go on forever. So that is it for now, and I will add to it as I go on. I have to admit that it is really nice to write all of this out, because there are so many things that I keep hidden. I do that because when I was in high school, I decided that while CF is a huge part of my life, it would not define who I was. Most of the people I knew in high school still probably have no idea that I have Cystic Fibrosis unless they are reading all of this now. I just kept it all to myself, so this is a pretty big deal.
Posted by Kayla English at 9:23 PM