About 6 weeks after my surgery I asked my sinus doc if I could start my sporanox again as I was a bit phlegmy. He said to try it - but after a couple of days I got pretty constipated so I stopped. I was eating more fibre and gradually got back to normal. Then a few days later I went for my routine 6 month Prolia shot (for osteoporosis ). Previously nothing bad had happened but this time I had a bad reaction - really severe back, leg and arm pain and constipation. It took a couple of weeks to clear up. Meanwhile my left foot swoll up and I couldn't go on a decent walk. I guess I had overdone it in shoes that were a bit too tight. I felt I was getting sicker instead of better. On top of that I had more and more phlegm and coughed a lot especially in the morning but also at night.
But there were also good things. A couple of weeks ago we bought our new puppy - Hunter. It is really challenging to raise an 8 week old puppy but it is never boring. Mike actually does most of the work because I got scratched and nipped and I could only go near him when I was wearing gloves.
Meanwhile I started touching up some of the paintings I had been staring at for weeks. This was very fun. Last weekend I was part of a really great art show in Ladysmith. Mike is still amazed that I actually pulled it off but it is mainly because he helped me in every way.
Today I went to see my sinus doc at St Paul's in Vancouver. She found a lot of mucous in my sinuses. It is being caused by my reaction to fungus and would likely clear up with sporanox. In the past this nasal phlegm has eventually led to an asthma exacerbation. However she said not to take sporanox until 3 months after my surgery since the constipation problem would be worse than the phlegm problem. Instead I will double up my pulmicort nasal drops and hope for the best. This was Hunter's first ferry trip and I think we all did really well - except the salmon burger was really too much and gave me gas. I still need to watch what I eat.
I will go to see my asthma doc in a couple of weeks to see what ideas he has. Since this is supposed to be an asthma blog what I am trying to say is that having a chronic disease like asthma makes if more difficult to deal with the other health problems that arise day by day. Hopefully we will find a good balance - so my bowels will be good and my asthma will be good.
In the meantime the Asthma Canada committee I am on has come up with a really good little video on biologics and I think I actually contributed to the final product.
I also think I am one of the luckiest people I know and I am having a very good life.