Monday, October 17, 2011


This blog is going to be a little bit about a few of things I have on my mind currently - some will be a little bit of venting (sorry in advance) and some will be a little update on recent events, and whatever else I can think of.

First of all is my little (might be bigger than expected) venting session. Now, if you're a fairly new reader you might not be caught up on my hatred for smoking, so if you'd like to read about it you can go here. We have also faced a similar situation to which I'm about to explain and you can read about that here which makes me even more annoyed that I'm having to deal with this AGAIN, that was the whole reason we moved in the first place! Today I got home from school (work) and it smelled like not cigarette smoke in our apartment - it was the first thing I noticed. Now, I HATE the smell of cigarette smoke and I HATE even more the hate of this kind of smoke!! I kind of had a rough day at work, then I had to stay late (which was fine), then I had to go run a couple errands after work, so I was already kind of annoyed and tired, then I got home and smelled this and I was furious. (Sorry, Tim! He had to listen to all of my complaining.) I immediately went downstairs to talk to our neighbors.
For those of you who don't know, we live in the upstairs of a house and there are two guys that live on the main level. They've been fine so far (although I have smelled this before, but not this bad, and I've let it slide because we've always had the windows open), very nice and quiet. But now that we have the heat on and the windows closed, the smell was very strong. I knocked on their back door and a few seconds later one of the guys answered the door and I said, "If you're going to smoke, you need to do it outside." He said, "Okay." And then I said, "Because I can smell it coming up through our heat and it's going to be a major problem." He nodded his head and said okay. I went upstairs and opened the windows and turned off the heat to try to get rid of the smell. It doesn't seem too bad anymore, but I can't tell if I'm just used to it, or if it's going away. Hopefully I won't smell like it tomorrow when I leave the house - I don't think it was that strong for long enough to make everything smell bad. But, if I do smell it again, I will be calling the landlord (a good friend of mine's mom) to have her do something about it. They're lucky I'm not a b***h - I really could have called the police on them for something like that, but I wouldn't do that. I'm assuming they won't do it anymore. If they do, I'll tell them about my CF and why it's so important to do that OUTSIDE (or really not at all, but I'll keep that part to myself), but today I was too annoyed to tell them about it (plus I think he was in la-la land when I was talking to him). Now that I have that 'off my chest' I'll try not to be so crabby tonight.

Another thing I wanted to write about was the wonderful weekend we had! It was Tim's sister's baby shower this weekend, so myself, Tim, and Tim's aunt & uncle drove down about 4 1/2 hours to spend the weekend with her and our family. She's due in December with their first child, a little boy, who they'll be naming Isaac David. I'm very excited that we're going to have a second nephew! :-) She got lots of cool stuff for baby and we're all anxiously awaiting his arrival. I also got several comments about how when Tim and I have kids, we need to have a girl because there are too many boys in the family right now. :-)

Speaking of babies, I have to say CONGRATULATIONS to my fellow fibro (male w/ CF) Ronnie and his wife on their beautiful baby girl born this morning! I follow his blog which you can read here, and he also is the creator of my other favorite site CysticLife. Their daughter was born a couple weeks early, so she was a surprise to all of us on CysticLife who have been anticipating her arrival soon!

And finally, I wanted to clarify about my compliance lately with my treatments. Don't worry, I'm still at my record of 10 weeks, but it's been about 97.5% compliance. I have completed 100% of my Vest treatments and all nebulizers since July 31st. I have, unfortunately, missed a few puffs of my Advair and two or three days of vitamins. I know it may not sound like much missed, and it's really not, but I would love to be able to say that I haven't missed/forgotten anything since the end of July, but I am still very proud of myself for what I have accomplished. I was very tempted to skip my nighttime treatment on Saturday because I was so exhausted from our day's activities and we were staying in a hotel, but I forced myself to do it. I wasn't going to throw away 10 weeks of hard work and dedication to get to bed just a little earlier, especially when I dragged all of my crap along anyway. It is still possible to do treatments in a hotel:

Darn it!!! I just realized that I missed the first 30 minutes of my new favorite show, The Sing Off. And I said to Tim, "UGH, this is the worst day ever!!" It's really not, I'm being overly dramatic and I'm extremely hungry (which means crabby). I just need to eat and go to bed!

Ahhh....It's just one of those days...


  1. Miss you girl.. Thanks for the updates... What were those chords we used to sing instead of play? CCGG CCGG... haha

  2. Haha, it was AABB, AABB -- Give A Little Bit!

  3. Glad to hear they were at least cool about it.

  4. Isn't it funny how it's so easy to miss doing Advair or taking a pill, which takes 5 seconds, but you manage to not miss a 30+ minute vest session? I am the same way! What is up with that =) I wonder if it's just US?