My days are filled with medications and breathing treatments to help maintain my health. Those are the basic necessities for those of us living with the chronic disease. I do two breathing treatments a day which include using hypertonic saline (a salty solution inhaled to loosen mucus and irritate the lungs to get said mucus out), pulmozyme (an inhaled medication that is supposed to thin the mucus), and the vest (a literal vest that shakes in order to shake and loosen the mucus in the lungs). My day starts with one of my treatments at 5:00 in the morning and ends with my second treatment before I go to bed. The morning treatment takes about 30 minutes while the evening treatment takes around 45 minutes.
I take numerous medications throughout each day as well. Those include digestive enzymes which supplement the enzymes my body is unable to produce. I take six with every meal and four with any snacks during the day. I also take anti-inflammatories and numerous vitamins to help my body stay healthy.
Daily medications have always been the easy part of maintaining my health, but the breathing treatments have been a whole different story. Many of you have been following my resolution to be 100% compliant with my treatments. I made it 365 days in 2014 and am now 24 days into 2015 with 100% compliance.
As if that weren't enough, I also have to make sure to get plenty of rest and eat plenty of food to maintain my weight. On top of that, I am a fourth grade teacher which takes a huge amount of time. I work all day and take work home with me almost every night, and I write lesson plans on weekends.
I don't really have any free time, but it is all worth it. I am living my life to the fullest following my dreams and doing things I didn't even know I wanted to do. I am incredibly thankful for all of the medications and treatments available to those of us living with cystic fibrosis.