Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Small Hiccups Are Part of the Battle

Today was my second attempt at a clinic appointment, since September 16th didn't quite work out and ended up with my car being smashed and me not actually making it to Vanderbilt. I went into today's appointment knowing that my lung function would not be as high as I would like it to be. I have been feeling more congested the past few days and really the last couple weeks.

We made it there in one piece this time. I went into the pulmonary function test expecting the worst. Even though I blew with all that I had, I just couldn't muster what I usually can. My FEV1 was 42% all three attempts. That's down from 47% in June. My concerns were confirmed. My lungs are struggling right now. The good news is that my weight remained virtually the same which indicates that I'm not sick sick... just a little low in my numbers.

My doctor and I discussed how I have been feeling the past few weeks, and she was not overly concerned with the drop in lung function. She felt it could be from allergies or just a small flare up from the MRSA in my lungs. We decided that the best course of action would be to do a round of some strong oral antibiotics paired with steroids to hopefully give me a little kick start so that I can start feeling like myself again.

She was very complimentary of my commitment to compliance with my treatments. She was very pleased with my overall health. So even though my numbers aren't where I want them to be, I'm not letting myself feel defeated. We have a plan, and I am going to push through this small hiccup like all of the others.

I appreciate all the prayers and well wishes. You all help me stay motivated to be the best version of myself every day! So thank you for that!