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Fatboy’s Nebulizer Life

Inhaled MedsOwing directly to my eFlow nebulizers (Why you NEED an eFlow a.k.a. Trio and Altera), there is no way I would be able to function with all of my responsibilities without being able to do speedy breathing treatments. They allow me to break down a dose into 90 seconds to 3 minutes, depending on the med and how much is in the vial. Look how darn portable they are, too!

Here is a run-down of what is in the photo, why I take it, when, and etc.

Left side from the back

Advair Diskus 500/50 – a steroidal control bronchodilator med that I take twice a day. It’s a dry powder that gets sucked in when a blister inside pops.

Albuterol – my first dose I take with my Trio in the long chain of meds. It’s, of course, a long-time friend of CFers and asthma patients as a bronchodilator. Twice a day again.

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How Fat is Fatboy?

Kicking BackThis was the e-mail that I woke up to this morning from Beautiful since she wakes up way before me to get ready for work… I just make her sandwich every morning before she leaves. 😉 I e-mailed back later and said “115 before breakfast, but I should be 120 by bedtime.”

But everyone else wants to know, too.

She’s right. As always. I’ve been remiss in calorie counting, weighing myself, and eating like a Big Texan steak challenger for more than a month because of the end of college. I’m not ignoring the site out of shame for not weighing 125 – rather a sheer lack of time and energy to do everything else and the site. The site’s taken a back seat, but I should be popping on nearly every day again once my creative juices have refilled my tank. Right now, I’m trying to balance working my tail off to pay bills and taking after this fella on the right.

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Hypertonic Saline (7%) for Cystic Fibrosis

I’ve fought tooth and nail to not do 7% saline aerosols, basically since the first time I sucked it down at least 2 years ago. It’s nasty! I’ve never been able to do a saltwater rinse after oral surgery, sinus rinses, or swallow seawater. I have a very strong reaction to such a high concentration of saline, almost a gag-reflex. My chest tightens, I start to salivate like there’s a porterhouse in front of me, and my chest tightens some more.

I decided it was going to be worth the effort and discomfort after reading this article over on RunSickBoyRun.com: Hypertonic Saline Solution (7%). Come on back after reading about the empirical evidence that it works and check out my personal experiences in the last few weeks.

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