Is there anything more annoying than the CF night time cough?
You are sound asleep snuggled under your covers cuddled up to the one(s) you love, blissfully dreaming, when all of the sudden the coughs violently shake you from your slumber. You are too tired to even open you eyes at first. You long to be back in dreamland so you try your hardest to drift back to sleep. The coughs keep coming, louder, harder. Your loved ones start to stir, you realize you have to pee, and yet you still try to pretend that you will be able to sleep through this thunderstorm in your chest. You puff Albuterol in hopes of calming your lungs enough to pretend it isn't happening and yet it is in all in vain. At this point you are starting to wake. It is not just that your eyes are open, but your bladder, stomach, brain is already starting to perk up. The sleep you were once enjoying is drifting away and you are stuck in limbo: Not fully awake yet, but no longer asleep. You gaze at your loved one sleeping and long to be them, long to dream their dream in their quiet body and yet you are stuck in your loud violent body coughing, coughing, coughing.
You know this will pass and so you wait...and eventually you will sleep again. Your body quiet, your cough temporarily calm, your dreams are back. You can sleep once again, until your lungs start to rumble and it starts all over again.