The Silver Lining

Last week Jesse had his annual CF clinic visit. For the most part, he got a great health report! His PFTs were down a couple points, but the doctors said that a small fluctuation like that was nothing to worry about. Jesse was also very encouraged to hear that his lungs sounded perfectly clear. He said it has been years since he hasn’t had “snap, crackle, and pop” when he takes a deep breath.

But the part that I found most interesting was the results of his blood work. One aspect of CF is that nutrients from food are not well absorbed by the body. This is part of the reason many CFers, like Jesse, struggle with weight gain. However, it seems that our recent switch to the caveman diet had an extremely positive outcome on the amounts of essential vitamins Jesse is absorbing. Not only are we both feeling so much better eating this way, but I think this is the first time in a long time that his blood levels for almost everything was in the normal range. How awesome is that? I guess eating healthy food does make you healthy. It’s nice to have proof that this is helping him to, since it SO much work!

Now we are half way through yet another busy weekend. The days fly by so quickly. Jesse has been super busy working so many hours on all the websites he needs to have done before Thanksgiving. But we’ve had a good weekend so far. We had my Mom over for dinner last night. We talked about food planning for our holiday meals and about how neither of us is allowed to eat these foods anymore. She has just found out that foods and other products high in nickel is what is giving her so many skin irritation problems. We went back and forth over whose food allergies were worse. In the end, we mostly decided not to change anything on our holiday menu and pay the consequences later. All those recipes are too yummy to miss out on! Jesse fell asleep on the couch, I guess he is tired of talking about allergies… don’t know why?

We did get a little break today though, between errands. We stopped by Village Fest for a while. It was just a little community event with food, music, and craft booths. We got to hear the church worship band play, which my brother is a part of.The Oakwood BandWatching the band

Then on the way out Jesse got a caricature done of himself, which turned out great. I had one done years ago, so no we both have one. Now we just need to get frames.CaricatureOur caricatures

These Shoes Were Made for Running

ShoesI am not a very good runner.  I get tired very quickly and my knees hurt the next day. I’m sure I look pretty funny running too.  But Jesse has set a goal for himself to be able to run a 5K race taking place here in February.  He wrote an awesome post about why he wants to be able to run the race so badly.

I’m not so sure I feel the need to spend money to run three miles!  But I totally support his goal so we are training together.  Besides, it’s only fair that I run with him after he has been doing my caveman diet with me for over a month now.  Today was running day two.  We are starting off slow, but I think we are already making progress.  Today was a lot easier than running on Tuesday.

Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize?  Run in such a way that you may win. – 1 Corinthians 9:24

Salt Rooms

Salt roomBreathing Clear salt therapy just opened in Tampa. They had an open house tonight, so we went to check it out.

I had read about people using this therapy on the CF boards.  Breathing the salt air is supposed to help all sorts of respiratory conditions.  But the closest one was about a two hour drive away so I had put it out of my mind.  Then I started seeing commercials for one opening close to us and was curious to see what it would be like.

I was a little disappointed at how small the place was.  It was a super tiny office crowed with a ton of people.  I was expecting a larger place, but there was only one adult room with two chairs and one kids room with one chair and a sandbox with some toys.  I also thought we would get to sit and see what it would be like if we did buy a session, because they were a little expensive.

They did have good food and drinks!  And we liked that the walls were made out of salt bricks.  Maybe we will win a free session so we can try it out.

Has anyone tried going to a salt room?  Does it really work to help CF or my allergies?