Friday, January 5, 2018

New Year... Same Story

Wednesday was my clinic appointment, and like so many times before, I have not been feeling well. What started as a head cold, traveled into my lungs, and I've been dealing with it all of winter break. I had asked for antibiotics and had started to feel slightly better but then went back the other direction. Fast forward to Wednesday... I woke up feeling off... my stomach was kind of queasy, but I assumed it was just nerves. We drove the 2 1/2 hours all the while, I was thinking about what the doctors were going to say about my lung function that I was assuming would be low. Turns out my lung function had taken a bigger dive that even I expected. It dropped from 41% three months ago to 33%.

After a long discussion about my antibiotic choices (risk of muscle/tendon injuries and tears or antibiotic that I had a weird reaction to last time I was on it), we came up with a game plan. I went for the weird reaction so that I can still continue to workout without the worry of major injuries. The doctor also determined that I have thrush after looking at my throat which was probably caused by my first dose of antibiotics. So... just add another little medication to my daily regimen. The good news is that he wasn't overly concerned because my weight is steady, and everything else has been going well.

Lucky me, I was also due for all my labs. So in comes the nurse who looks at my veins and tells me how wonderful they are. Well... they must not be too great because one stick complete with digging around... no blood. Take two in the other arm, still no luck. Bring in another nurse, and take three, nothing. Finally on the fourth try, she got it. They both apologized profusely, but I assured them that it was just how the day was going.

On the way home, I realized that my stomach was still not feeling right. We made it, and shortly after, it hit me... the stomach bug... what a nice cherry on top to that miserable day. Two days later, I have finally started taking my antibiotics and am hoping that things start looking up. I am supposed to go for a follow up PFT after the antibiotics are done to see if there has been any improvement.


  1. Oh no! I am so sorry. I feel like I have the same story at the moment. Everything from the shockingly low pfts to the stomach bug! Yuck!

    I hope your antibiotics kick in and your pfts bounce back quickly!

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