My CF likes to keep me on my toes and for no obvious reason my last clinic visit (one week ago) was an utter disaster. Weight was down (just a bit) and my lung function tanked. I had been very short of breath, but I didn't feel sick. I could manage my day to day life and although I was a bit more tired and very breathless I really didn't feel like I had a major exacerbation. And yet my lung function was a pitiful 26%. Yeah, pitiful! A few clinics ago I was on top of the world at 38% so to drop so significantly without having an obvious infection or any kind of virus was pretty shocking. Needless to say, I wasn't going to mess around and I agreed to IVs and a quick stay in ICU for desensitization.
Just like my last desensitization after several days (3 to be exact) of waiting for a bed to open up I was admitted in the evening, but there were no plans to start the process until the next day when the allergists would be in. After a lot of frustrating issues with meds (I really hate being on any floor that isn't a designated CF floor) and a very late start to treatments I was told I was being moved to isolation. When I inquired about isolation I was told something about a potential issue with a nontuberculosis mycobacterium. Not the news I wanted to hear!! NTM is one of those bugs (like MRSA) that I just never wanted to deal with. (Later I looked up my new cultures which included 4 new bugs, but none of them seemed to be a NTM. I did have a few that were labeled "concern of infection control" so maybe that was the issue. I am still not completely clear except that when my doctor found out I was in isolation he was kinda upset and said it was absurd that they have to put me in a negative pressure room due to any of my bugs).
The next day I had my desensitization in my isolation room and by the time I completed the process (which was basically the same as last time) I was released from isolation and was told I would be moved once again as soon as a bed on the CF floor opened up. After more issues with meds including the nurses losing my Orkambi and the nurses refusing to give me more enzymes because I had my prescribed "3 times a day" dose of enzymes already I was finally moved to the CF floor. As I was being wheeled into my regular floor I felt so much relief to be around people that actually understood CF.
By Saturday afternoon I was released to finish my course of IVs at home. I was relieved to be out of the hospital and back in my own environment, but of course as luck would have it, the drama was just about to begin!