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An eventful CF clinic visit…

Only a few short hours ago, we returned from our latest CF clinic visit at Princess Margaret Hospital in Perth.

The drive up (about 450km) was horrendous due to a lot of road works. The weather was even worse!

When we finally arrived to the hospital car park, my husband was trying to get Cameron out of his car seat (while Ethan and I were loitering around nearby, waiting) when the heavens opened. Hubby had the smart idea, and jumped into the backseat to wait it out.
Ethan and I, already slightly damp, were in a position where we were committed to making a run for it.

That was when things really pelted down!!!

Ethan hates water, especially cold water, so he was screaming and crying during the whole mad dash. Mark and Cameron caught up soon after, but missed the worst of it….but we were all drenched. Luckily, I has the smart idea to grab one of the kids clothing bags (as we hadn’t booked into our hotel room yet) so I was able to change the boys into dry clothes, but we were still bombarded with looks of sympathy from the other families in this clinic area as we were provided with towels by the nursing staff. I literally had to pour water out of my shoes, but my main concern was the boys catching a chill and developing a cough in this cold weather.

Cameron has put on a staggering 3kg in the last three months, which is awesome! While we have never really struggled with weight gain, there was a concern for a while when he was hardly putting any weight on…but that was during a time when the house was constantly bombarded with the gastro bug.
He is very stocky and muscular…and not at all happy with hubby and I at being told he is too heavy to be carried around any more!

Meet "Mr. Wobbly"- called so because he makes your cheeks "wobble" during the test.

Meet “Mr. Wobbly”- called so because he makes your cheeks “wobble” during the test.

Since he turns four years old next week, he is now old enough to try the “Mr. Wobbly” machine to test lung function. So off we toddled to the respiratory department to attempt this new test (previously, he undertook the infant lung function test, where he was sedated, placed in a special vest, then had air pumped into his lungs, then the vest would squeeze it out and record the reading)

I am very proud to announce that his first attempt went very well and we were able to get a good reading! While heading back to the clinic area with test results in hand, hubby and I had a quick read…but could not make heads or tails of the results. We assume that since nothing was highlighted in red to show that levels were outside of normal results, that everything is all good!

With a lot of waiting around, we finally saw the respiratory doctor, who was very happy with Cam’s progress.

We brought up the subject of my daughter, Eva, who is a CF gene carrier, and has floppy airways and frequently gets croup. There is still a slim possibility she may also have CF, (though the specialists are fairly confident she doesn’t actually have it) but due to her current respiratory issues, they are still monitoring her.
Winter is horrible for her, with endless bouts of croup and nasty sounding coughs, which can last for weeks. For the last three weeks or so, her coughing has progressively gotten worse, especially in cold air, worse again at night, then worse again when she lays down in bed.
The doctor recommended undertaking a week of Augmentin Duo (antibiotic) for a week, then trying Ventolin (reliever inhaler) for a week. We are to try them for a week at different times (instead of the same time) to see the results of each. He was pretty sure that neither would work, and she may have to trial Flixotide (steroid inhaler)
Since we have only just come home today, we will be starting these treatments tomorrow, so I will keep you updated with her.

According to Ethan, lollypops do NOT make everything OK!

According to Ethan, lollypops do NOT make everything OK! (not an original photo shown)

Cameron and Ethan both received their flu vaccinations while we were waiting in clinic. Cam is used to being poked, prodded and jabbed, so when the nurse pushed the needle in his arm, he gave her a small, indignant “Ow!” (Hubby was with him, and I was sitting about 5m away with Ethan, and I didn’t even hear a peep!)

When Cameron walked back, proudly showing off his lollypop reward to his brother, Ethan was quick to say he wanted one too. I warned him that he was going to have to have some medicine first in order to be allowed to have a lollypop too. He gave me a brave nod and a confident “Okay!”, took his father’s hand, and went to meet the nurse.

Within minutes, all heads in the clinic turned towards our direction in alarm when we all heard hysterical screaming of pain!!! When the adults saw me laughing, they realised that my son was receiving his shots, and gave us looks of sympathy, while giggling along. One very red-faced, teary five-year-old boy walked up to me, holding his lollypop like a second place trophy while looking at it as if to say “Was it worth it, for THIS?”

Little does he know, since it was the first time he has had the flu vaccine, he is going to have to go through the ordeal again in four weeks time for a second dose!

In a way, it was a pointless trip, as Cameron’s health is pretty good, but we needed to restock medications (and it would have cost a bucket load to have them sent to us), he was able to take the next step is CF monitoring by being able to undertake this new way of lung function tests, and the boys are prepared for winter with the flu vaccine (just need to get the rest of us done now).

As much as clinic visits are a drain- physically, emotionally and financially they are an essential part of CF treatment.

Bella 🙂

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Weight loss update

I recently realised that it has been about a year and a half since I started my weight loss battle, and haven’t written any sort of update in the meantime.
scales
I will admit, I fell off the bandwagon…multiple times…during that period.

Christmas 2011 didn’t go too badly. We were using the Rapid Loss shakes fairly comfortably at the time, and didn’t go too crazy with festive foods. When I jumped on the scales around New Year’s, I was really happy to see that I had lost a couple of kilos over the Christmas period, rather than the usual gain!

I stopped using Rapid Loss after a few months, as I wasn’t seeing the results anymore. Before you say it, I know that you sometimes plateau, but I just didn’t feel that it was the right path for me anymore.

Life got busy….I got lazy…both with my exercise, and with my cooking. Simple meals that required little effort generally meant that they weren’t all that beneficial to the waist line or scales.

Just before Christmas 2012, I decided that I needed to work harder again.

Since then, I have started walking a bit more often, and adjusted my diet. I stopped skipping breakfast, scaled back how many iced coffees I would have (still have some occasionally, but nowhere near as much…and ask any of my old highschool buddies…that is a big deal!) and I ate salads as often as I could.

I am addicted to panzanella again. I am that hooked that I cannot bring myself to even consider, let alone enjoy, any other type of salad. So many times I have made up a container of panzanella at night, put it in the fridge….only to pull it out later and continue to pick at it all evening until there isn’t enough left for lunch the next day! Can’t complain too much when your late-night snacks is a salad!

Oh Charlene...I know exactly how you feel!

Oh Charlene…I know exactly how you feel!

We threw out our bathroom scales as well. They were digital, and were in no way accurate anymore. They would tell me that I had lost 4-5 kg in the space of about three weeks, then suddenly, at that time of the month…. KABLAMMO!!! Apparently I would put the kilos back on again…overnight!!

Fluid retention has been a problem during the monthly hormone cycles for a few years now…but I highly doubt that I was putting that much on in only a few hours without a noticeable difference (maybe even with some pain?)

So the scales landed in the wheelie bin.

Now, I borrow one of my client’s scales when I’m cleaning her bathroom. I am only there once a fortnight, so I’m able to see larger results. This is a good motivator and ego booster, rather than doing daily weighs, where you are only seeing small results and getting disheartened by it.

 

Now to announce how much I have lost so far (all since the start of 2013)…..drum roll please……

 

14 KILOGRAMS!!!! (or about 30lbs…depending where my readers are from!)

While not to scale, I am probably at about stage two of this diagram!

While not to scale, I am probably at about stage two of this diagram!


I still have about 30kg to get to the weight that is healthy for my height and build. Only another 15kg until I am eligible to have breast reduction surgery (one of my goals…cant wait for these mumma-bahummas to get smaller!)

I’m feeling pretty confident still, and with how much exercise I am getting through work at the moment, I am sure it wont be another 18 months before I can announce that I have lost even more weight.

Please share your experiences!
Bella 🙂

New goals

The first step is admitting it. I am overweight. I have been for quite some time. I have heard that putting it out in public, such as blogging, can help you maintain focus. So that is what I am doing.

I know how I got to this point. Put simply, I love my food! Having four kids certainly helped to pile on the kilos, but I’m not blaming my kids for my weaknesses. I put on 20kg during my pregnancy with my first pregnancy, and 10kg with the subsequent two.

Blasted baby weight!

 I didn’t gain any weight with my youngest, but I believe the fact that he had to draw so much energy out of me to keep himself alive due to the CF, so I call him my little “life sucking force”

I craved eggs with my first pregnancy, tomato sauce (which went best on top of a meat pie…of course) during my second pregnancy, cold glasses of Coke during my third, and funnily enough, juicy fruits ie. watermelon and strawberries with my fourth.

The fact I fell pregnant so quick after each child didn’t give me much opportunity to lose any baby weight. Then there is also the fact, I didn’t exactly try to lose it in between pregnancies either.

Then I fell into the trap of going along with the high fat/high salt diet that my youngest has to have for his cystic fibrosis. It is so easy to grab a few chips, eat a few lollies….etc.

So, my husband is being supportive and going on a diet with me (since I tend to fall off the bandwagon rather quickly once he has reached his goal weight) We are currently following the Rapid Loss program. It’s very easy and uses simple science rather than gimmicks.

We started two days ago, and I have lost 1.5kg already! It doesn’t sound like much, but it’s a start.

I just want a friggin cheeseburger!

I am restricted to 1200 calories a day (my husband can have 1500 a day). We are trying out new recipes, which I am going to share on my blog. So far, the food has been pretty good (though last night’s Cajun Chicken didn’t go quite so well. We may need to tweak a few ingredients!) The hardest thing I am dealing with right now is finding meals that I can take for lunch while I am at work, which is non-stop and you dont really have time to have a proper meal. Basically, I know need to get my butt in gear and make the salads the night before.

My goal is to lose 35-40kg (I know…woah!!) So follow along, give advice, kick me up the bum if I need it, or grab some ideas yourself!

Bella 🙂