Friday, April 04, 2014

3 Week IV Follow Up.

After 3 long weeks of IV's, I went back to the hospital on Tuesday.

Mum took me for my appointment at 11:20am. When we arrived it was the usual process which I'm sure you are aware of by now from reading all my hospital appointment posts. Rhada came and did my obs and lung function. The lung function was a big shocker at just 56%! So instead of increasing after an extra two week of IV's since the last appointment, it had dropped even more. Me and mum were both slightly confused how 3 weeks of IV's and daily physio can make the lung function drop but clearly something hadn't worked!!

Dr. Ho came and saw me afterwards who was also concerned why there was no increase in the lung function. I explained that I was feeling better in my self but my chest still felt quite tight. He said he could tell just from me talking that my chest was tight by how I sounded. So he gave my chest a listen and couldn't hear any crackles. He explained that my body may just not react with IV's straight away until they are stopped as at Christmas my lung function took two weeks to improve after coming off of IV's anyway. He also said it's obviously not the infection causing the lung function to be rubbish because the IV's would have shifted that a bit and made an improvement if my body wasn't coping with the infection sitting in my lungs. 

So now the IV's have stopped and Dr.Ho has prescribed me with some Doxycycline for 1 month, Prednisolone for 2 weeks and a Seretide inhaler to try to stop my chest feeling tight and improve the lung function. 

My next appointment is the 23rd April so I'm hoping these tablets make an improvement this time as it feels like the IV's have been a complete waste of time!! So far though, the Doxycycline has made me feel really drained and achy every time I take it so I'm not sure whether it's a side affect or not. The Seretide also sends my heart rate flying and I can feel my heart beating really fast against my chest so that doesn't seem to good either. But we will see how I get on over the next few days.

Have a good weekend :)

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