Sunday, April 28, 2013

Bitten by the Flu Bug!!!

Yup, it got me, a little late in the season but it got me.  It started with Peter last weekend and I picked it up this weekend.  My CF doctor told me to come to the ER if my fever spiked again and since it was 103 this morning, we decided to take a trip.  Some fluids, a nose swab and a chest x-ray later and it was determined I have Flu B.

They are keeping me over night to monitor me and make sure my breathing doesn't get any worse.  Its very hard to cough since it feels like I have glass shards in my chest, but hopefully the TamiFlu and fluids will help with that.  Looking forward to being back to normal and getting my paper done this week.  I finished one yesterday and printed it out so I am going to make use of my time in here and get the other one done as well as the assistantship stuff and practice for my presentation on Thursday.  I have so much to do this week it really sucks the flu had to hit NOW!!!

I have an appointment with my CF doctor next Tuesday, the 7th, so we will see if this flu did anything to my numbers.  I was expecting to be put on IV antibiotics next week, but who knows now.  Right now I am just getting IV fluids, no antibiotics.  But that could change tomorrow depending on what my culture comes back with.

I might as well update on everything while I am here right....Thursday I started working out with my personal trainer.  LOVE IT!  I was so sore on Friday but a good sore.  I am looking forward to being in shape and toned up.  I cannot wait.  Thursday I also had transplant clinic and I got another clean bill of health and a "see you in 6 months" as I walked out the door.  Love that too!  I go back in 6 months and that will be right when I am finished with the PT so maybe my numbers will have improved some.  She was excited for me when I told her I want to look into going back to work.  She thought that was a great idea, as long as I figured all the SSDI and disability issues out.  I've got a year to do it...I had seen them right before the honeymoon from hell so I was telling her all about that and she was so shocked my lungs crapped out as much as they did on the plane.  She said they would have had to make an emergency landing had I not been wearing my O2 for sure.  She said some people just respond totally different to flying than others....yeah ya think lol.

So that is all.  Hopefully I am out of here tomorrow and back home curled up in my bed.  It took me forever to get out of the house today because I didn't want to move.  103* fevers will do that to you...

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Sorry for the Slacking

I just realized that its been almost 2 weeks since I posted!!!  I am slacking and I apologize for that.  Life has been hectic around here.

Last Monday, as most of you know, the Boston Marathon was bombed, killing 3 and wounding over 200 people.  Friday one suspect was killed and the other was taken into custody at a Boston hospital where he remains.  Living in the suburbs of Boston this was a scary event.  When they shut Watertown down (I have a friend that lives there) I was nervous for her and nervous that the guy got out.  Friday was filled with ups and downs as the country watched the events unfold.  We were thrilled when the guy was captured.  Now we can rest easier in this great city.

Besides the tragic events that unfolded last week, I have been swamped with school work.  I have two papers due May 2nd, one of which is written, just needs to be proofread.  The other I have started to write, but I also have another paper due this Thursday I am concentrating on.  Plus my assistanship work needs to be finished by May 1st.  I don't think I went to bed before 2am all last week.  And up again early to get going on the work.  I have not slacked on exercising which is usually the first thing I cut out.  I have forced myself to go every day no matter what.  I read on the treadmill so the readings for class at least get done.

I have also been stressing a bit too.  Next Thursday, the day both final papers are due, I am also presenting at my school's Graduate Research Day seminar.  I have to get up in front of students and teachers and read my paper from last semester, then answer questions people may have.  I am SCARED SHITLESS.  Luckily I have an Ativan left over from my MRI a few weeks ago.  I plan on taking that bad boy shortly before I get up there.  My professor said to plan for 20 minutes in front of them.  Fabulous....Family and friends are welcome so P is going to see about coming with E.  I am honored and I refuse to turn away such a great opportunity.  This will look amazing on my academic resume as well as just my work one.  My paper is on Queen Elizabeth I and her involvement with the Puritans during her reign.  Who knew that working my ass off last semester while trying to plan a wedding, get married, have an extended honeymoon, and lose 2 friends would make me write a dam good paper.  I knew it was good, I loved it when I wrote it and re-read it.  But I had no idea it was THAT good lol.  I should really take more credit for the hard work I put in to school huh?

I have transplant clinic on Thursday.  We shall see how that goes...

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Kicking Ass and Taking Names!

Yup that's right.  I am kicking some serious health ass and taking names along the way.  OK maybe not actually taking names, but I could if there were people to take names from....


I have been at the gym 6 days a week for the past few weeks and I am LOVING IT.  I take Pilates and Yoga on the weekends and tonight I did a Body Pumps class with barbells and weights and all that fun jazz.  I took it two weeks ago too.  There is one on Monday nights which I might start going to.  Its a dam good workout!  And considering right now I have less than one full lung working, I am kicking some SERIOUS ASS!  However, I wanted to attempt the Couch to 5k again, so I decided to try 30 seconds of jogging.  Yeah serious fail.  My lungs laughed at me, then died.  My O2 plummeted, but weirdly enough, my HR stayed about the same.  Went up a few points but I expected it to sky rocket.  So looks like I won't be running any marathons in the next few months.  But that is OK.

I have also been doing my vest every single night!  That makes almost six whole weeks of doing it, even when I went to visit family!  And today I did it TWICE!  Say whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat.  I know!

In other news...I dropped one of my summer classes.  So now I will be taking just the two.  I decided that three was way too many and bound to land me in the slammer.  Two I can handle.  And I can switch up my program some so I take one class this Fall and then an independent study next Spring and be done.  The IS is a portfolio class, and it entails just revising papers you want to include in your portfolio.

That is all for now.  I have a clinic appointment in May again so I will see if this exercising ass kicking is doing anything for my numbers.