Friday, March 20, 2009

I Coughed Up Blood Today :(

It happened as I was about to leave work. I felt like I had a little bit of gunk in my chest and I tried coughing it up. Once it came up, I saw it was bright red blood. Not much blood, but it still freaked me out. It was already after five o’clock, so I had to have the on-call doctor paged.

The on-call doctor was not my usual CF doctor and was not familiar with my usual bugs, so he said I should just keep an eye on things and call him back if it gets worse this weekend. He told me I probably have a lung exacerbation and to call my regular CF doctor on Monday so I can be prescribed the correct antibiotics. In the meantime, I'm supposed to stop inhaling albuterol and hypertonic saline for one day, but continue inhaling Colistin.

The crazy thing is that I feel FINE. And, I haven’t been coughing more than usual. I'm tired, but I only slept five hours the other night and haven't caught up on sleep yet. And, I've had night sweats the last two nights, but I get those all the time.

The only other time in my life I've coughed up blood was during a rough bought of bronchitis 10 years ago. I am praying that this is just some freak occurrence and doesn't mean I have some nasty infection brewing.

6 comments:

Something Simple Design said...

Kristen, I hope this is nothing for you. I'm keeping you in my thoughts that it was just a fluke and that come Monday, everything is just fine.

bbjoys said...

That's scary. I hope it's nothing. GL.

Lindsay said...

Oh no! I hope its nothing major, and just some odd occurance. Kepp us posted on what the Dr. says monday.

Serendipite said...

Hope everything is fine!!

Maeghan said...

Keeping my fingers crossed that it's nothing major and by Monday you wont even need antibiotics!!

Shannon said...

Im really sorry, thats so scary! I will be watching for your update

 
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