Antibiotic Appetite

My “Antibiotic Appetite”

I’m not sure if other cysters and fibros go through this, but I rarely want to eat whenever I’m on antibiotics.

Over the past week or two, I have been craving Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings. So, when I saw turkey on sale last week I decided to pick it up. Yesterday, I proceeded to make roast turkey with stuffing, creamed corn casserole, green bean casserole, and gravy to go over everything. I was so proud of myself, because this meal is such a high-fat, high-calorie meal that can now be eaten as leftovers for days!!

It had been two years since I last made turkey with sides – I’ve been relying on my parents and mother-in-law for Thanksgiving dinner for the last few years. Two years is a long amount of time, and I definitely forgot how to prepare a turkey. I immediately became best friends with Youtube, and the smiling turkey woman in the video walked me through the prep work pretty well. Sadly, this turned into one of those meals where you end up at the store a dozen times before it’s done. I was a bit scatterbrained yesterday and kept forgetting items for the sides. I also had my meat thermometer break when the turkey needed to be taken out of the oven. Needless to say, my local grocery store loved me and my wallet yesterday!

After all this hard work and numerous trips to the store, it was quite disappointing to finally get the food on the plates and not want a single bite of it. I call this problem, my “antibiotic appetite,” and I did not expect it to hit this early into my course of Levaquin. To be fair, it doesn’t matter what antibiotic I’m on, as long as it’s strong enough to kill the bugs in my body, it leaves me with no appetite. So I stared at the food, pushed it around with my fork a bit, considered giving it to the dog, and ultimately forced myself to eat it.

When I woke up this morning, the smell of roast turkey still lingered in the air and made me queasy. I ate a single waffle for breakfast and forced it down with a glass of milk. I know I will have no desire to eat lunch or dinner, but I’ll get to make myself do it anyway. It’s one of the things I hate about CF. It doesn’t matter if I don’t want to eat, I have to in order to keep my weight up (lack of desire to eat happens even without antibiotics, but the antibiotics make it worse). There are also times when I would much rather have a nice lean salad and a piece of fruit, but instead I wind up choking down high-fat, high-calorie, and high-protein foods. I sometimes find myself feeling like a human waste receptacle who wears a sign stating, “I’ll take all the fatty stuff no one else dares to eat.”

So for the next 12 days, I will find myself forcing food into my stomach with no desire to eat. I’m probably going to lose the weight gain I have managed over the past few months, and I’m going to have to work extra hard to put it back on two weeks from now. Oh, antibiotic appetite, how I loathe you.


And here we go . . .

Wow what a morning. This is going to be REALLY short because I’m so weak right now, but…

I woke up this morning feeling above 100% I felt awesome and my chest congestion wasn’t even bad!!

I had my monthly book club this morning and felt great until RIGHT when we were ready to leave.  All the sudden, I felt weak and shaky and lightheaded.  A few months ago I suffered from panic attacks and thought maybe it was one of those coming on, except the feeling never left.

I got home and came in, laid down and was feeling miserable (like I was run over by a truck).  I took my temp and it was 98.6 (I normally run about 97.5 during the day so it was a little high but normal).  Then, about ten minutes later I started shaking and got SOO cold.  I started coughing up green goo (out of nowhere…I’d been congested over the past two weeks but this morning I felt good), and so I took my temp again in about 20 minutes.  I was 99.5.

My sugars have been REALLY high the last two days..much higher than normal for me even WITH insulin.  So, I was wondering if I was getting sick or maybe just needed more sleep…Well the 99.5 number was all I needed to page my doctor.  I’m reluctant to go on antibiotics, but I’m not stupid.  If it came on this quickly, it scares me.

By the time she got back to me (only 10 minutes from when I paged her) I was 100.5 and popping ibuprofen.  She just called in a two week run of Levaquin for me, but if I start feeling worse I get to head to the hospital…no fun.

So, while this post is SHORT and probably sporadic, I’m curious if other cysters and fibros EVER have it hit them this quickly.  Have you ever gone from feeling 100% to feeling just down right MISERABLE and with a sudden fever?

Colds are . . .

Colds are. . . NO FUN!
Yesterday evening, I noticed that my throat was gettingprogressively sore and that my nose seemed slightly stuffy. I drank warm tea,did an extra sinus rinse, and did an extra treatment, hoping it would help mefeel better when I woke up this morning. Sadly, I felt worse. 
I honestly hate colds. To be fair, I don’t know anyone wholikes them in the slightest, so at least I’m in good company.  I hate losing my taste for food which in turnmeans I lose my appetite.  I can’t stand notbeing able to breathe through my nose as soon as I lie down, which means I losesleep.  I also hate not being able to hugor kiss my hubby whenever one of us is sick.
We have a rule in our house, and it’s a no-fun but necessaryrule: No physical contact when one of us is sick.  We will occasionally still hug each other butdefinitely no kissing or sharing foods. He’s a teacher which means he brings home a lot of disgusting germs fromthe kids and I don’t need to get them. Unfortunately, this one hijacked me anyway.  Luckily, his cold is gone now (it only lastedthree days) but mine is just beginning. I will probably have it for another week or two, but I’m hoping it’smuch shorter than that.
Usually, my colds follow a pretty similar pattern each time:Day 1: feeling tired and sore throat. Day 2-5: Worsened sore throat, can’t breathe through nose, increasedcough, disgusting mucous production with cough, and constant runny nose. Day6-10: Some relief from the above symptoms but inability to hear well or tasteanything.  Then, it starts gettingbetter. 
So to all my cysters and fibros out there: Stay healthy!!!!All these bugs are going around like wildfire. Kids are already out of school sick and the teachers have it too!  Germ-x is your best friend as well asadditional treatments and a great deal of additional rest. 
As for me, I’m hoping to kick this cold to the curb. I’mhoping that it doesn’t turn into anything that needs antibiotics, but if it does,it does! In the meantime, I’ll be taking my own above advice and also eating alot of soup and drinking warm tea.  Itook a Benadryl tonight which will hopefully help me sleep!
Happy Thursday all! 🙂