No not boobs all you pervs! I am talking about the CF chest cavity. We all know what I mean. That expanded, barrel chest look we have. The one that makes us self conscious about our appearance. Well it makes me self conscious.
I decided to write about this today because I had to buy more bras yet again. My chest keeps expanding and it won’t stop. I feel I will topple over soon if it doesn’t!! As I sit writing this I am constantly pushing my shoulders back to expand my bra hoping it will stretch it out. But unfortunately it doesn’t. It continues to dig into the side of my chest.
Last week, I had to go shopping for a dress for my reunion (which I didn’t end up wearing anyway). I went to 3 different stores looking for a dress that fit and that I liked. I was trying on 8s and 10s! And they were still too small up top!! The bottom would look big and baggy and yet the top wouldn’t close. I hated it! I was fed up and frustrated. I’m a petite person I am not supposed to have trouble fitting into clothes or finding ones that zipper. Though in recent years I have found the bloated stomach and barrel chest are much more pronounced and I am resorting back to my pre-dx days of skinning arms and legs and bloated body. IT BLOWS!!!
A few weeks ago I found my prom dress again. It is so pretty I love it. I would love to donate it but I don’t think it would fit anyone but me (or another CF girl). It was altered A LOT so I could fit into it. The dress is a 10, but the stomach area was taken in to a 4 so I could wear it. But that was the only size that would allow me to zip up! And that my friends was 10 years ago!!! And probably about 30% lung function (I was in the 60s-70% in high school). Of course now I would love to try it on but I know I will be sad when it won’t zip. And not that I put on 15 pounds since high school but because my chest has expanded SO much.
It’s little things like this that irk me the most about CF. Not only can I not
The worse our lung functions get the worse the barrel looks. I am at 40% right now I can only imagine what it will look like when I am at 20% and 10% and can’t breathe worth a pooh. Will some of the barrel look go away if I can get the excess air out? Will I be able to fit into my clothes again if I can get the plugs out that are trapping the air? When I ultimately decide to have a transplant will that look go away entirely? This are just arbitrary questions. Will the bloated belly disappear too?
For all you bloated, barreled CFers, I salute you and your quest for loose fitting, comfortable clothing! Now shall we all do chest bumps? LOL