The best news was my PFT's. Here are my numbers:
- March 2009 - FVC 61%, FEV1 42%
- April 2009 - FVC 72%, FEV1 49%
- June 2009 - FVC 89%, FEV1 55%
My weight was 113 lbs. which is only up from 112 in April. Last year I weighed about 125. Dr. Behar would like to see me gain 10 more pounds. She said it will help fight infection and be better for when Rob comes home and we try for a baby.
She also said I should lower my insulin by one unit in the morning. Sometimes my blood sugar goes low around lunch time and she also thinks it may help with gaining weight.
As for the coughing up blood, we determined that it seems to be directly related with ovulation. I've noticed this over the past few years, and since increasing my vitamin K in April, the only hemoptysis I've had was a couple days before my period was due. She said as long as that is the only time it is happening, she isn't concerned. Does this happen to any of you? It's frustrating but I'd rather have a reason that it be a mystery. I know it's not infection because I don't feel sick plus I've been on antibiotics and it doesn't make a difference.
Also, this is kind of interesting and I wonder if anyone has an opinion. I told her that I was VERY short of breath last night, even after doing the vest and xopenex. She said that another patient before me said that exact same thing and thinks it has to do with the weather change and drop in the barometer. It kind of makes sense and I am going to take notice when it happens again. Let me know if you've ever had something like this happen.
While I was waiting to be seen by my doctor, I was approached about a research study. It is to determine the affects of Vitamin D levels in CFers. Of course I agreed to the study and they took a sputum sample and blood levels. I will have to go back and give samples again at the end of July after spending time in the sun.
FINALLY, I have had pretty bad back pain on the right side since last night, so I had a urine culture and x-ray of my kidneys done. Hopefully it is not a stone, but I will find out in the next day or so. The funniest part was when I went to have the x-ray, I had to put on a gown and lay on a table. I was embarrassed because my legs were stubbly..hopefully the tech didn't notice LOL