Yesterday morning was a little crazy since I promised myself I would go swimming before my 10:30 PFT appointment. I allotted myself 25 minutes of swimming time. When I got in the pool I was seriously struggling. I just did NOT want to swim. I did my first set of laps and just couldn't get into it. I peeked at the clock hoping I only had a few minutes left and to my horror realized it had only been 5 minutes. I decided not to look at the clock again until I put in some serious swim time. The next time I looked at the clock I was horrified to see that I swam 30 minutes and was now running late. The good news is that my lungs can't be too bad if I could do my normal swim routine without struggling.
I made it to the doctor just a few minutes late and did my PFTs. It wasn't my usual respiratory therapist since it wasn't a CF clinic day and he made me do them 5 times. 5!! In clinic we only do them 3 times so I kept expecting to be done only to be told to do them again. So I blew a 49%. I like to stay 50 and above, but 49% isn't something that makes me freak out. I have no idea what my doctor is going to say on Tuesday as far as if I should get a PICC or not.
49-50% is my all time non-exercise high meaning when I am not active at all it is a pretty good number. Considering I haven't exercised in oh, about 7 months I would say I am in a non-exercise streak. When I exercise my all time high is around 54-56%. I personally would prefer to keep swimming and try to get my numbers up that way. I just finished Bactrim so I don't feel I have a horrible infection and so I wonder how much a PICC without swimming would do for my lungs. I was hoping my PFTs would give me a clear answer- I would have really low numbers or really high numbers, but here I am stuck right on the border of good and bad. I guess I have to wait till Tuesday to see my fate!