Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Lungs, Workouts & Great Strides

I'm a week into my 30 days of blogging and I hope you've been enjoying the different posts. I'm going to keep going with it, but I thought I'd throw in a 'regular' post. There hasn't been too much excitement here really. A few weeks ago I posted about having some lung bleeding problems, so I was put on an oral antibiotic for two weeks. Well about 10 days into it, I started coughing up blood again. It was totally out of the blue, but not as much as the first time. So, I emailed my nurse again to let her know and see what her suggestions were as to why it was happening and what the next step was.

She discussed with my CF doctor, looked at my vitamin K levels, and told me they have no idea why it's happening, and that I have normal vitamin K levels, but they decided to put me on a small amount of vitamin K for a little while to see if that helps. I've been on that for about a week now and I've had no bleeding. I'm finished with the oral antibiotic now, and my mucus seems like it's back to normal.

I returned to the gym last Thursday and completed 3.3 miles (~5K) on the treadmill with a combination of walking and running. It took me about an hour, but I'm so glad I did it. It was tough, but it felt so good know that my body can handle that much exercise at a time. Yesterday, I did my first "Insanity" workout. The PE teacher at our school has them on DVD and instructs the staff through the workouts everyday after work, so along with about 15 other staff members, we suffered (I mean, worked) through a cardio/balance routine. This morning my legs are killing me, but it was nice to switch up my work outs instead of just running all of the time. I'm going to try to do the Insanity workouts on Tuesdays and a 5K on the treadmill on Thursdays, and ultimately, I'd like to get that 5K going outside once the weather warms up to train for a real 5K race.

I've also been focusing a great deal of my time to getting my friends and family pumped up for Great Strides this year (April 14th). I've decided on purple shirts for our team, so now it's finally time to start taking orders. Also, one of my awesome friends from work is starting staff team called "Colleen's Cortland Crew" -- I'm very excited and thankful for that!! I love that I have so much support in my life!! Thanks everyone!!! :-)


  1. Glad that the bleeding has stopped (somehow I managed to miss this post when it was originally published, sorry). Congratulations on the 5k on the treadmill!!! I can't make it past 1.2 miles so far. I'm working on it though, but I think the elliptical makes it a bit harder for me. I've been combining the elliptical with yoga. Yoga has, surprisingly, made me cough just as much as the elliptical, which I think might be due to the deep deep breathing practices associated with each position.

    Good luck in your training :)

  2. Thanks, Megan! I'm not really surprised you missed a post, I've been posting like crazy lately. I don't think I'm actually going to keep up with the Insanity work outs because they literally made my legs hurt through yesterday (Tues-Fri in pain - no thanks!). I'd just like to focus on running right now, and maybe work on other muscles later.

    Do you take a yoga class, or just do it at home? I've thought about doing it, but I'm too cheap to sign up for something. Plus I have a lot of things (tutoring, after school program) that I do after work so my schedule's kind of limited.