Annual Health Checks

Originally published on Thursday, 20 March 2014

On an annual basis, I have an annual review on how I’m doing with my Cystic Fibrosis.

Yesterday (Wednesday, 19 March 2014) I was given the results of my annual review, which was done in December 2013.

Usually, I’m given goals on how I can improve my health with things I do, such as:

  • how to get into the habit of doing exercise,
  • improve taking nebulised medication,
  • improve nutrition intake to maintain weight,
  • deal with my mental wellbeing, which can be affected by CF i.e. anger, depression, being self-conscious as far as body image is concerned, etc.

The Doctor said for this coming year, they had found it very hard to come up with goals for me to follow.

He felt there was nothing I could do to help improve my condition.  Simply because the usual goals set as described above I’m already doing. Over the last year:

  • I’ve got into an exercise I truly adore.
  • I’ve been put on inhalers that replace my nebulisers and do the same job.
  • I’ve maintained a healthy diet that has maintained a healthy weight.
  • My mental wellbeing has improved vastly as a result of the above.

I was shown chest x-rays from previous annual reviews from 2010 to 2012. It was explained the white shadows on these x-rays were sputum. The whiter the shadow the more the sputum.

The x-ray from 2013 was almost black, which indicated that due to the new medication and my workouts I’ve radically improved the function of my lungs, gaining an extra capacity of 0.75 litres (up to 4.75 from 4 litres in previous years).

Various other checks such as blood levels, liver function, etc were normal.

Last year when I saw the positive effects the new inhalers had, I wanted to know what exercise would do.

Now I know how good a combination of taking my treatment properly and exercising regularly, I want to know what more I can do.

It just goes to show that as long as you look after your body, your body will look after you.

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