I'm kinda nervous. I guess I always get that way when I have a clinic visit (yeah I have to go tomorrow). There's the 2.5-3 hours trip (depending on traffic), then I'm afraid I'm gonna catch something on the way up to the clinic, I mean most germs are in doc offices, and I'm always afraid I'm gonna be sick even when I feel fine. I know this may sound crazy but I have had a couple of times that I was pretty sick but I had no clue till I did pfts. This time however I'm a little more gunky than usual. I'm coughing more and there's a lot coming up (not good) although for the most part it is pretty light so I'm hoping that it's nothing that cipro cant handle. But what if it's not......
I know for most cfers hospital isn't fun but they've been a few times and a lot have described it to me as "no big deal". But since I've never been (and a nervous person to begin with) I guess I'm a little freaked. Up until here recently I didn't know what a PICC was. I thought you got an IV in the bend of your arm (already ouch) but reading Ronnies blog apparently it's a giant long hose thingy that "goes to your heart" ummmm that sounds pretty scary to me but I guess I can handle it. I mean I went thru the majority of childbirth unmedicated so...
But recently reading the cystic fibrosis forums my biggest fear is catching some "mean" resistant strain of bacteria. I don't know if this happens alot but it scares me. The fact that I have pseudomas scares me enough. I have 2 types of pseudomonas both are very sensitive to antibiotics, but if I have those that means I can "catch" others!!! I've heard from my entire cf team that I need to "stay away from the internet" because not everyones horror story will happen to me. I guess the majority of my life I have been "protected" from the horrors of cf. Now it's just all hitting me at once! I mean I know it's good to educate myself because the horrors will be my future, hopefully not the near future but to be completely honest it scares the hell outta me! Everytime I go to clinic my blood pressure is crazy high. They have to recheck it again after pfts and the docs tell me I'm ok, then it's normal... the nurse called it "white coat syndrome" (is it really called that?).
I know it's been awhile since I've posted. But I kinda feel like a wuss when I don't feel the best. I like to rant and rave about not feeling good and freak out, so I didn't post because of that. I mean I have no reason to complain and I know that. It's sad but I feel like I don't fit in with normal ppl because nobody wants to put out there cig to be around me, and I'm such a germaphobe with the purell and all that it totally freaks ppl out. But then I feel like I don't fit in with cfers either. Because I haven't been through a lot and can't relate. A lot of it is that I can't open up because then I feel like a wuss. I've never had issues gaining weight, I complain about being too fat (yeah I've gained more weight :( ) and I've never had a bleeding episode (God that just sounds scary). I've never had to wear oxygen (ever) or as some refer to it as a "leash". I've never had any type of surgery except having my wisdom teeth cut out. Never been hospitalized and had to deal with attempt after attempt to get a picc (I mean that has to hurt) Until recently I didn't even know what a darn port was! Don't get me wrong I'm so thankful that I have (as my team calls it) "healthy cf" but sometimes I feel like I can't bond with cfers because other than complaining about the hours of treatments I do and when my enzymes get messed up at the pharmacy and i end up going way too much (not fun) I really have nothing to compare.
We have lost so many cfers. I didn't know any of them. I never spoke to them. I've just seen on friends facebook pages. I feel so bad, I cried even. It's just not fair! Even though I didn't know them I almost feel "guilty" for being healthy. But I do know there are cfers out there that are a lot healthier than me and that's awesome! But it's sad I was speaking to one of my family members the other day about how many have lost their battle in the last month or so and she was like "we all have to go sometime" it was almost like she didn't care! I just don't understand I thought she would have a heart for cfers since I'm family and I have it. It really hurt me.
I guess I kinda get a little crazy once every three months when I have to go to clinic. Coughing up junk is not fun. There's no blood or anything, no fever, and I have normal energy level so I guess I won't really know anything until tomorrow, I'll post and let everyone know how it went.
I'm sorry for freaking out on everyone. I guess I don't handle cf as well as most.
Hope everyone is doing well