Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month.
Today I had a check-up which I get every three months. At these check-ups all CF patients have to do Pulmonary Function Tests. These tests show how well our lungs are functioning as CF primarily attacks the lungs.
These tests are important as they determine progression of the disease, if there are any lung exacerbations, the need for antibiotics, the need for hospitalizations, and the need for lung transplantation at end stage Cystic Fibrosis.
Everyone's lung function with CF is different. Some people can have very good lung function for a very long time and some may have poor lung function that declines quickly. It all depends on how well we take care of ourselves, if we do our treatments religiously, and severity of the disease.
In this video you will see me performing lung function tests. The major number they look at is our FEV 1. This is forced expiratory volume in one second, so, how much air I blow out in the first second. This number is a good indicator of overall lung function. My FEV1 today was at 88! If you don't know, that number is SUPER GOOD especially for someone almost being 30 with CF. To put it short, my lungs are still functioning normally! Woohoo!
This is day 8 of 31: Pulmonary Function Tests
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