Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Promising New Medication

Nick started a new medication called Cayston last week and was impressed with how it made him feel, he said he could really tell a difference.... "A GOOD" difference!! It also takes a lot less time to take then other breathing medications he is on. When you take so many and you can replace a 20 minute med for Cayston that takes under 5 that is great. That is the first time in a long time that he has been encouraged with medications.

What is Cayston®?

Cayston is a new inhaled antibiotic for the treatment of cystic fibrosis. It is the first new inhaled antibiotic developed for CF in more than a decade.It’s used to improve respiratory symptoms in people with CF who have Pseudomonas aeruginosa.Cayston is inhaled using a new device called the Altera® Nebulizer System. Using this system, the medicine is nebulized in less than five minutes.

What is Pseudomonas Aeruginosa?

About 60% of people with cystic fibrosis have a chronic respiratory infection caused by a bacteria called Pseudomonas aeruginosa that settles into the thick mucus trapped in the airways. Once it sets up house in the respiratory tract, Pseudomonas aeruginosa is hard to get rid of. Respiratory failure caused by the infection is often the ultimate cause of death in many people with CF.

How is Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Treated?

Years ago, chronic Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection in people with CF was treated rather unsuccessfully with oral antibiotics or inhaled injectable formulations of antibiotics. In the late 1990s an inhaled form of the antibiotic tobramycin, or TOBI®, was developed specifically for the treatment of chronic respiratory Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections. TOBI® is now the standard treatment for this infection, and is a commonly prescribed medication in people with cystic fibrosis.

Nick was taking TOBI and I think still does a long with several others.

What is Cystic Fibrosis?Learn more about Cystic Fibrosis Symptoms, Causes and

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Dreaded Top Shelf

You might already know this about me but I'm of a short stature. : ( In my next life I want to be tall and be able to sing! I'm expecting both of those things because you always hear we are going to be extremely happy and there is no sadness! I always wanted to get to at least 5 ft, I think I only got there in my dreams. Now at 64 I'm afraid that I'm going back the other direction.

The other day I was at the grocery store (not one of my favorite places to be) and the only thing my husband asked for (you guessed it) was on the dreaded top shelf. Besides spending money at the grocery store that is the other reason for not liking to go there. I usually stand on the bottom shelf to reach the top one, never feeling very safe doing it, I always envision the whole shelf falling on me. Well I decided this time since the big cans of peaches were on the bottom shelf to use a couple of those. Of course before putting the cans on the floor and actually standing on them I looked both ways to make sure no one else was in the same aisle and then proceeded. It worked like a charm..... as I smiled to myself! : ) Now the next question is....the next time I go grocery shopping do I head for the canned peach aisle before starting my shopping so I have them with me whenever I need to get things off the top shelf or hope for the best.

When my grandchildren get about 10 years of age they all like to stand next to me and see if they are taller then I am. I always tell them that is not a great feat to be as tall as I am. I sincerely hope they get a lot taller then this grandma!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

"Grandchildren's Artwork"

A couple of months ago my grandchildren in western Kansas sent me a link to Artsonia. Maybe you have already heard of Artsonia, a student art gallery K-12 showcasing art projects from around the world. When Katelyn and Jake have a new art project posted I get an email and then I can go to the website and see their art work! "IT IS SO...FUN!!! : ) You can also leave a message for them about their artwork. I started wondering if Allie and Hannah might have artwork too from another school district and did some checking...sure enough there they were!

For Valentines Day I copied a piece of their art and enlarged it, then used it as part of their Valentines card. I'm already thinking of other ways I can use their artwork.

"Artsonia" check it out maybe your grandchildren are there!