Starting February 26, Ethan and I went on an 8 day vacation. We spent four days in Disneyland and another four days in the Phoenix area for our annual Spring Training Trip. Disneyland was non-stop. We walked all day and didn't stop until late in the evenings. I was tired by the end of the day, but that is expected with exerting all that energy. But by the forth day, I was just purely exhausted. I was walking slower and just really did not want to do much in the park any more. I took a lot of the day to just sit and enjoy the environment. But I was so tired, I thought for sure I was getting sick.
By the time we got to Phoenix, I felt horrible. I thought getting a good night sleep would help, but it really did not. Soon, I started having a heavy feeling in my chest, with a shortness of breath. I could tell me lungs were getting "junky." Soon, I started coughing more than normal and I was still completely wiped out...no matter how much sleep I got. Disappointment was setting in that I picked up a cold while on vacation.
After returning home, my coughing continued, but I saw slight improvement with using my Vest again. I continued to be tired and had a decrease in appetite. I notified my doctor and soon started a course of antibiotics...my stand-by Cipro. The Cipro has really helped, as I feel my lungs are lighter and not so clogged up, although I am still coughing.
During all of this, I made the hard realization that I did not catch a cold. I experienced a CF related pulmonary exacerbation. Usually, my CF symptoms are trigger by catching a cold. But this was different. I had no other cold symptoms...only CF related symptoms. This may have been one of the first exacerbations not brought on by a cold. This is hard to face...did I run myself down by doing too much at Disneyland? Did I put my body through too much? I have always been able to just go, go, go. CF has presented complications in my life before, but for the most part I have always been able to push through, coming out fine in the end. Living the most normal life I can. But this is different. This stopped me in my tracks. Is my limit changing? How do I avoid this in the future? Is this a sign that CF will take over my life? Do I just need to be more careful?
It is hard facing my own immortality.