Saturday, September 16, 2006
My Feet Smell and my Nose Runs
My doc said that every now and then people just have a rough year with CF. I was relieved when he assured us that just because I was hospitalized more than usual, it isn't necessarily an indication of things to come. There were so many factors late time that prevented me from making a full recovery even after a month of IV antibiotics. We had just moved to our first home; I was transferred to a new supervisor at work; several of my friends were having babies; I was travelling more...you get the picture. All of those things demanded a lot of my energy and emotion, and unfortunately, I didn't do the best job at managing my stress.
I've noticed that sinus pressure is usually one of the first signs that things are going awry, so I'm determined to make a better effort to listen to my body and get things taken care of before they are almost too big to handle.
Sinuses are the theme of the day, so I'm including an article below that defines and discusses nasal polyps and how they affect CF patients.
Nasal polyps are small, sac-like growths consisting of inflamed nasal mucosa.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Nasal polyps appear in a number of conditions. The polyps originate near the ethmoid sinuses (located at the top of the inside of the nose) and grow into the open areas. Large polyps may obstruct the airway.
Persons with nasal polyps sound congested and often breathe through their mouths because of chronic nasal obstruction. A runny noseor infected nose is common.Click here for additional information and pictures from the Medline Plus Medical Encyclopedia
Current mood: complacent
Current snack: cheer leader bars (mmmmmm!)
Health-o-meter: 80% of baseline
Emotional weather: clear skies