Grow Where You’re Planted

Copyright Toni Marie Villines 2001-2015

Have you ever heard the phrase, “Grow where you’re planted”? It comes from the Bible 1 Corinthians 7:14-24, but I am taking it out of context because those four words are great advice for what I am experiencing. In other words, do the best … Continue reading

With a Little Help

It’s so important to have the right support when you have a chronic illness. Sometimes, I just don’t want to do the things that I need to do to maintain my health or during an exacerbation, such as airway clearance for hours a day, nebulizer treatments (two meds new to my regimen), inhaling antibiotics, or getting all my meds in at the right time.

It’s always easier if you have a friend or buddy to keep you company. Of course, my cats always “help” when it’s time to rest.

Milo and Molly showing me how to properly rest.

Milo and Molly showing me how to properly rest. (Sorry I am not smiling.)

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Two Steps Forward!

I just wanted to update everyone and let you know that I got my PICC line pulled and finished my IV antibiotics. It felt so good to shower without a plastic bag taped around my arm (I can’t get my PICC line wet) and to sleep without having tubes tangling up in the sheets.

Today my hubby took me out to breakfast at our favorite place.



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Dealing With Emotions When I’m Sick and In the Hospital

Early on the morning I was to be discharged, my Oxygen levels dipped lower than they should be, so they hooked me up to some supplemental O2. Thankfully, it only lasted a few hours and didn't affect my discharge plan.

I just came home from a week in the hospital for an exacerbation of my Cystic Fibrosis. Several rounds of oral antibiotics and increased airway clearance/chest physiotherapy weren’t enough to keep me healthy, so I headed back into the hospital … Continue reading