Cystic Fibrosis Late Night

Damn, I just had a late night “CF Attack,” these things suck! So, it’s 1:30 A.M., I haven’t been asleep but maybe 30-45 minutes, and boom I wake up coughing really hardcore…so much I ended up in the bathroom throwing up. Well, after I finish throwing up my stomach is in knots, I wait in the bathroom for a bit just in case, and then take a quick shower so I go back to bed. Well, now I’m laying in bed wrapped up in a bathrobe, and towel…but, I’m freezing my ass off because it dropped down so cold tonight, especially being that this afternoon was like 70º, this sucks badly. Also, I’m still coughing, and since I can’t go back to sleep like this I’ll probably be up for the next few hours being nauseous, cold, sore, with tense abdominals, and a horribly tight chest …oh yeah, don’t forget the heaving headache.

Lol, I know, as ridiculous as it sounds to deal with this is pretty commonplace. I’d say this happens at least once a day, sometimes I can go a few days without one, but then some days it happens all day long. Those are my hellish CF day’s…spent in the bedroom, or bathroom. Moreover, I usually can only consume Chocolate Boost’s, and yogurt on those days, as that is all my stomach will allow. But, now I’ve got to get my appetite up enough to eat something before I try to go back to sleep…yay…the fun of CF (sarcasm), lol. Sorry, if I don’t laugh at my problems I’d be a basket case!

I wanted to share this with y’all in real time, just to give you a better glimpse into the daily CF symptom’s forced upon us, and the toll it takes on our body. Everyone who has CF knows exactly what I am feeling like right now, and I hate that. Anyway, I am gonna try to  eat a yogurt, or something, and watch some on demand shows…maybe a movie. So, I say Goodnight to y’all, and if you’re reading this I appreciate it. If you know someone with Cystic Fibrosis reach out to them, if you’re dealing with CF it’s comforting sometimes just having that friend you can call to shoot the breeze with, someone to pull you out of the messed up head state instances like tonight throw you into so violently.

Affording Cystic Fibrosis

It’s about 4pm on Thursday, and I’m sitting here trying to figure out what to do with myself…I’m having one of those days, CF is particularly rough but some days are much worse than others. Today is one of those days, I woke up hacking, and haven’t been able to catch my breath since. So, in trying to distract myself I was calculating some of my finances for the past couple of months, and months to come. I’ve figured out I’m basically f#cked, and it’s hitting me pretty hard. Strangely I don’t qualify for certain health insurance or “aid” programs, literally none of them. I applied in September the last time and got a prompt letter back denying any financial help. I’m super frustrated because CF is an invisible illness, and it’s recognition is sparse. Anyways, as of now I’m only a small amount behind, and thinking of every possible way I can to try to catch up but I’m definitely “behind the 8-ball.” Since a few years ago it’s been a game of cat and mouse trying to get these government agencies who are supposed to be there to help people like me to even respond to my requests for further information on denial of aid. But, if I keep this train of thought it is going to ruin my whole day, so I’m going to quit my complaining now, and try to do something positive to keep my mind occupied.

Hope everyone is having a bit of a better day than I am, thank goodness the weekend is almost here…ahhh.

Back to normal “hacking” my health.

It’s about 3:30 pm and I’m sitting here having just finished up some work, don’t really have anything else that’s super pressing to do today so I’m going to blog a bit. I want to start this blog post out by asking a couple of questions…anybody who so desires can respond. It would be appreciated so maybe I can tailor posts to a certain request for knowledge, experiences, information, etc.

So, after the holidays are over everyone has those couple of weeks where you’re stuck in-between being in a holiday type mood, and moving on to get back to “normal” life. At least that’s where I’ve been and may even still be a bit…since I love this time of year so much I tend to drag is out as long as I can. Being that it’s over however I have been having some weird stress and anxiety the past several days, and I’m not too sure why…? I woke up a couple days ago and the CF crap had weaseled its way back into my main thought process. It sucks, but with that there comes a bit of an ability to view things from a distant perspective. Meaning even though it sucks I can kind of step back and review how I am doing before, during, and after the holidays, and why. I’ve been waking up at 6-7am again as opposed to being able to sleep comfortably until 9-10am, I don’t like it but it gets me back into my regular routine. If I had my way society in general wouldn’t get moving until 10-11am and go until later in the day, but that’s just my personal preference.

Here are some of the things I’ve re-instituted into my daily “body/health hacks” some may be helpful to anyone and others may only be applicable to people who deal with terminal illnesses like Cystic Fibrosis, diabetes, Crohn’s, etc…so, body/health hacks: when I first wake up I cough like crazy so I keep two drinks on my bedside table, 1 is a bottle of water(a must) and the second varies, sometimes its tea, sometimes its coffee, so basically something with minimal sugar or a sugar amount I can control. The reasoning being that a bit of caffeine will open up closed airways, so when you wake up in the morning all congested and clogged up

So, my day may look nothing like yours, but these things work…so try them out. It helps more than you think to be able to just pull a snack out of your bag that isn’t junk food. Or, to have a drink to hydrate with, and then one to sip on as the day goes, again something healthy as well as cheap being that it isn’t a $5.00 Starbucks, or a drink from the 7/11. All of these things not only help physically, but also mentally it’s comforting to know I won’t get hungry in traffic and have to pull over with low blood sugar. Finally, it saves me some money, as I don’t have to stop at junk food stores to refuel. These are just a couple of the many things I employ in an attempt to keep my body at a functioning level, keep myself from being hungry/thirsty, and without braking the bank, which I do just keeping up with Dr.’s appointments. All in all it is very helpful, and I can post more of these little tricks or “hack’s” as they are so often referred to in pop culture…They may seem inconsequential to most but when just doing your day is a rough task any little bit of relief here and there is a godsend, and enormous edge in keeping your health up to par while going through life and trying to keep on keeping on. Hopefully this helps one person figure out something they didn’t previously think of, or didn’t try before. That is the whole point of my page, and my blog, I want to be able to provide relief in situations where I didn’t have any help, or even information to go on. Enjoy the rest of your day!

Frustration with no end in sight.

It’s a couple of days before Christmas, and those “little problems” are starting to pile up and become extremely taxing. Going out to try to shop, maybe enjoy a bit of the season like a normal person seems farther and farther from sight every year. In the face of difficulty I am an extremely positive person, but the mind/body can only handle so much before it gives, that is where I seem to be right now. I try to keep my chin up and not let it bother me too much, but I have to admit this year it has become much more difficult to do the simple things. No matter what I will never give up, I’m a fighter, I will go down fighting…until my last breath…literally.

I have done a bit of Christmas shopping, and got to grab lunch/catch up with an old friend recently, and it was great. It is very much the little things that make life with CF (any terminal or lifelong illness) harder, on the flipside it’s also the little things that make it so I can keep going, for that I am extremely grateful. So, on that note I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas, and a happy New Year!

One of those days…

It’s Sunday afternoon, as I sit in my room watching American Dad and playing some computer games…I decided it’s a good time to write a bit. This is one of those days that isn’t particularly good or bad, and sometimes those are the hardest days to handle. As feeling like crap is the norm I expect it to return, but I also feel good enough that I kind of want to go out and do something. Being that my finances are severely tight, I have opted to just stay in and watch some good TV, and now I’m writing this blog to explain this weird state of being to people who don’t understand, or to those who are in the same boat, and wish they could paddle away from this damn situation. It’s VERY rough to say the least…

So, most people are out shopping or running around doing holiday type stuff, enjoying free time, family time, or fun time. Sadly, I sit here waiting for the other shoe to drop…and it’s an extremely depressing way to pass time. My mind races, my thought’s go to dark places and the whole time I’m doing/using every “trick” or “body hack” I can think of to make things easier. I have a pretty good control over my emotions, I didn’t used to, but over the past 5-6 years I have developed a really great sense of what I actually feel, and how to handle myself physically even if my mind is exploding with an unwelcome sense whether it be depression, exhaustion, loneliness, or just boredom. It is rather strange what the human body can adapt to, I am a walking billboard for the strangeness a person can get used to, and I have to say it sucks!

It’s almost 4pm, this is one of those times where a normal person would say “I’m gonna go do something,” then they’d get out to go do something, whether be it shopping, seeing a movie, or just cruising around with a friend. I sit here, like I said earlier, waiting for the CF to rear its ugly head into my day, I know it will at some point, and all I can do is minimize the effect it has on me. I have gotten to a point where I have control over my angst and have developed the mental capacity to understand that is just the way my life is, Cystic Fibrosis is a progressive, degenerative disease it’s only going to get harder. So, I deal the best I can, but I have to admit this is the time of year I miss out on a lot of things I wish I could do, and it becomes extremely lonely…moreover, uncomfortable (aside from the physical discomfort I deal with from the actual CF) just an uneasy feeling. I guess I would define it the most accurately by saying it’s like the worst anticipation of the unknown you can imagine, however the unknown isn’t exactly unknown, being that I actually know what is coming. Having said that, even though I know (kind of) what is coming and how it will feel, the “unknown” for me is: at what intensity level will it hit me? How bad will it get today? What time will it interrupt whatever tasks I am doing to occupy my mind? Finally, and maybe the worst part of the anticipation is what if today is “The Day?” As CF is terminal, I never know when I’m going to wake up feeling ok, only to have that be the last time I awake…

This post is a bit darker than I intended when I commenced my writing, and I know that it is hard for some people to even think about things in this manner. With that being the case, I also need to say having CF (or any terminal illness) makes it easier to think about things like this because that’s my “normal,” it’s what I’ve been dealing with since I was 3, and it’s basically all I know. I have had to ponder the consequences of living a life with CF, and contemplating death from the first time I was told what my life expectancy was, or whatever age I was that I was able to comprehend things of that nature. It sucks pretty bad having that kind of thought process, but it has allowed me to get to a place where those thought’s don’t take me into tailspin of emotions I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. Yes, it’s hard to think about…yes, it sucks in a major way…yes, it isn’t what I would ideally like to be doing or thinking, but I am at peace with the fact that I am going to deal with this until I die.

So, to sum up I guess I would say today sucks in the best way possible…I am feeling ok right now, but at some point I will start to feel terrible, I know that and am at peace with it. I will deal with the agony of the symptoms of the Cystic Fibrosis as they come on, until then I am kind of in a state of limbo. I will do what I can to take advantage of the fact that I haven’t gotten to the worst part of my day yet by enjoying, as best I can, the time I have today where I still don’t feel like death is knocking at my door. I hope if you read this you don’t get put off by the tone, I am just being as genuinely open about this as I can be. If I can reach one person who feels the same, or doesn’t really understand how they feel, but knows it sucks, then I will have accomplished what I set out to do. As I was once that person, looking for something to explain the “why” of having to deal with such horrible things all of the time, looking for something to allow me to feel like I wasn’t the lone ranger, even for a split second…looking for someone who understood.