Sunday, January 25, 2015

Typical college girl wardrobe

Hey y'all!
So I'm a college student, obviously. I usually do not get that dressed up for class. I wear what pretty much every other girl on campus wears. Does that make me "basic"? Probably. Do I care? No, I do not. So all you girls going to college listen up....this is what you'll probably wear.  I figured I would take you through a few of my favorite things to wear:

  • Leggings- black ones. To all those guys who think girls wear the same black leggings everyday.... I have 8 pairs of plain black leggings. I used to be one of those "leggings are not pants" girls, then I wore leggings as pants. Life Changed. Leggings are life.
  • Yoga pants- black ones. They look good on my butt and they're comfortable. Win/Win. No, I have not actually done yoga in them.
  • Boots- to go with my leggings during winter
  • Tennis shoes- go with leggings, norts, and yoga pants
  • Norts- for all those who do not know, that means Nike Shorts. They are comfortable. I have many pairs. Yes they are running shorts... No I do not run except to food.
  • Big T-shirts/long sleeve shirts- They go with norts and leggings. They also hide my big CF stomach after I eat.
  • Fleece Vest- It has my monogram on it.  It keeps me warm. Speaking of monograms:
  • Monogram everything- Because if you don't monogram it, it is not yours. (I'm from the south y'all, my car has a monogram.)
  • Pearl earrings- With everything. Pearls go with everything.
  • A school hat- because sometimes the hair just doesn't cooperate 
Based on the workout clothes I wear, you may believe that I go to the gym and run when I get out of class. Please do not let it fool you. It is just an appearance.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Why I have a love/hate relationship with Red Band Society


Hey y'all!
Now I know all y'all have heard and/or seen the show Red Band Society because hello it features a boy with Cystic Fibrosis! This is huge for us. I for one was super excited that Cystic Fibrosis was being publicized.

What a Disappointment.

Now don't get me wrong, I did love the show. The whole teens spending their lives in the hospital struck close to home for me. I did enjoy watching it but I could not help but get so irritated every time Dash came on screen.
For all those who have not seen the show, Dash is an African American teenage boy with Cystic Fibrosis. Apparently he is in the hospital waiting for new lungs.

Now maybe its just me and my experience with CF, but this show and how they represent it makes it seem like CF is nothing. The writers of this show obviously had no idea what CF is except what they could get off of google.
Now some of you might not agree but frankly this is my opinion and my blog so whatever.
This show makes being a teen with a disease as glamorous when in reality it is not.
My teenage years in the hospital and being sick were a little different.
My hospital room wasn't huge with beautiful decorations, color everywhere, and big windows.
My nurses were nice and wonderful, but they didn't take me to the dances I was missing or come rescue me from a party that I snuck out to attend.
I did not have a group of friends to hang out with to pass the mundane hospital days.
I was alone most of the time, watching movies in my room. Sometimes a child life person would come hang out and play or game or even bring me a video game system.
I certainly wasn't hiding in closets smoking weed.
These teens are just too happy, too healthy looking, too everything.
Not that sick kids cannot be happy, I always try to smile, but being a teenager with a disease is hard sometimes.
It is sometimes being depressed.
It is understanding that no one understands what you're going through even though they "try."
It is going through a multitude of medical treatments a day and tons of pills.
Simply put it is way more than this show portrays and that's why it frustrates me.
It is more of a fun boarding school than a hospital with seriously ill kids.
Being sick is not glamorous, and it is not fun.
This is real life for so many people and to see it shown like it is one big party is a slap in the face.
I know that this is purely for entertainment but I don't want people thinking CF is nothing because of this show. It is not just CF, all of the diseases shown are downplayed, but I can only speak for CF.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Oops 2015 already?

Hey y'all. I totally forget I have a blog about 98% of the time. I know I always say I am going to do better and blog more, but let's be honest, I do a bad job at it. So for 2015 I would really love to step up my blogging game.
SO so so much has happened since I last blogged.

  • I have been in the hospital twice, but have been on IV antibiotics many many times.
  • My best friend got married :D
  • I finished my first semester of my new major with straight As
  • I had a bachlorette party
  • I've just been so busy
Yes of course I've been sick a bunch. I just recently got out of the hospital Monday. I was oxygen dependent while in the hospital. I'm out now and hopefully on the road to recovery because classes start Monday!

In other news, my best friend got married and I was a bridesmaid. For the bachlorette party we did a pole dancing class and then went out the eat. It was so fun. For all you tiny CFers out there, should you ever decide to take a pole dancing class or just pole dance in general keep in mind that you will spin around the pole really fast (also upside down moves are a lot easier for smaller people!)

School starts Monday and I excited but not. I am NOT ready for class to start again but I am excited for one of my classes. I have a lab that takes place in the kitchen. We get to cook and bake which is my favorite. I even get to wear a chef's jacket and pants! I can't wait to look so official.

SO now y'all are pretty caught up. My upcoming blog posts should be more exciting I hope.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Back to School, Back to School, to prove to Daddy I'm not a fool

Hey y'all!
Like the title? I love Billy Madison!
It was my first day back at school...and it started bad.

  • My silly self took a way to school that I do not usually take and parked in a meter spot. To make a long story short y'all....I got lost walking to campus in the hot sun. I don't even know how I managed that. I think I'm losing my mind hahaha!
  • The IV medicine I am taking has slowly starting showing that I'm having an allergic reaction. yesterday I woke up itching, today I woke up with a swollen, red, blotchy face. How will tomorrow go?
  • It was hot, hot, HOT! I wore a black shirt. (I told you I was losing my mind)
  • The bookstore ran out of the book I need!
  • A freshman hit on me, bless his heart
Y'all one of my professors sounds like the teacher on Ferris Bueller's Day off! No lie! But he is actually very entertaining!
Tomorrow is friday so it has to be better!


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

College and ports

Hey y'all!
So as y'all know from my last post, I have not been feeling well at all. I ended up going to the doctor's Monday to get a quick check before I started school Thursday (TOMORROW!!). My numbers were the lowest they have ever been. My pulse ox was also 92% and when I did the walking test, it dipped down to 87%. My weight dropped too (of course). Well I was put straight on antibiotics through my port. So I am starting my senior year of college with a port, not that this will be my last year at college haha.

I am so excited to start school. I sound like a total nerd but when you have to miss school, it makes you want it more. Although I am classified as a senior, I still have more than a year left at college. It is fine because I mean if you don't take forever to graduate then are you really even doing college right? Just kidding, I would be graduating had I not decided to transfer and change major but you win some, you lose some. I am just a little concerned walking to class because I think I might actually collapse on the sidewalk. I have no energy and can not catch my breath. We will see!
See y'all next time!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Dear People Who Think I am Lazy

Hey y'all!
I have not been feeling all that great lately again unfortunately. I can't catch my breath and my pulse ox is running 88-91. So to make things simple....I just want to lay in bed all day and sleep. That seems to be the number one thing that people without CF do not understand. They do not understand that we are not being lazy. We simply need days to catch our breath. Even my friends do not understand. They say I need to get out more and get up and do something and to stop being lazy. Even if I explain that I do not feel good, they seem to think that getting up and doing something will magically make me better. In other words....they just think I'm being lazy. It is really aggravating. Especially since they do not understand. This is coming from people who stop their whole lives for a cold. So this is a note to those people who think I'm lazy:

Dear people who just think I'm being lazy,
Please do not pretend to understand how I feel and then criticize me. Sometimes I do not feel good. Sometimes my oxygen is low. Sometimes I'm so sleepy that I cannot get out of bed. Sometimes I cannot breathe and have cough attacks that leave me gasping for air. I am not being lazy. I am not "pulling the sick card." I am sick. Sorry that you do not understand that. Unfortunately I barely have good days. I do not bother you when you lay in bed for days because you have a cold or when you complain loudly when you cannot stop coughing from the cold. Why must you bother me about what I do? Just leave me be, let me have my sick days, my "lazy" days. I do the best I can. I can promise you there are days when I feel like absolute crap but I am still out there going to class, walking tons, cleaning, making dinner, babysitting, all without complaining. You have no idea what it feels like to have to stop and rest after walking for a couple minutes because you're out of breath. You focus on you and I will focus on me.
Love,
Chelsea

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Tips for the CF College Kid

Hey y'all! So as y'all know I have been to three colleges so I kind of consider myself an expert on college. One day I may even graduate. I have had some ups and downs throughout my ongoing college experience so I figured I would share some tips for all you kids heading off to college this fall.

Chelsea's College Tips

  • Do not overpack. This is crucial because your mom will be taking some stuff back home when she leaves you. Your dorm room is not that big, especially when you have to share it. You will not use a quarter of the stuff you bring, I can almost guarantee it. That cool lap desk thing? It will sit under your bed. Make sure you have all of your health stuff!
  • You will not need those 50 shirts from high school. You will get tons of free shirts.
  • Bring a power strip. There will not be enough outlets for all your things especially once you have your vest and breathing machine going.
  • A plastic 3 drawer compartment thing will come in handy to hold all your medicines and CF supplies. If you do not have CF, it is still pretty handy.
  • Use ratemyprofessor.com when registering for classes. You will know what to expect from the class and what to expect from the professor. But keep in mind just because some people do not care for a professor does not mean you will hate him too.
  • Get out of your dorm. I repeat, get out of your dorm and make friends.
  • If you happen to be in your dorm, leave your door open. Believe me, that is how you make friends. People will just walk into your room and BAM instant friends.
  • If you go to a party, pour your own drink and watch it the whole party. Do not put it down, this even applies to just soda.
  • Do not go off with people you do not know well. I know that sounds like common sense but you will meet so many people in college that you'll feel more comfortable than you should with a stranger. 
  • You might decide to drink- make sure you have a friend with you.
  • Stay away from smoke-no brainer.
  • Be organized- you will lose stuff if you are not.
  • If you have CF, be upfront with your roommate and suite mates or get a private room. This eliminates you having to sneak in treatments like I tried to do for the first few weeks. They will understand. If they do not, request a new room or sit down and talk through a solution, such as you doing treatments when she is in class or her leaving when you need to do them.
  • Also  sign up with student disability services. I know it may not be something you want to do, but it is better to do it now just in case than having to do it as you are sitting in the hospital. Plus you usually get to register early- better classes!
  • Make time for your treatments- its going to be hard at first. You're going to want to skip to do other things but it really is important to make time.
  • Take your enzymes because the college cafeteria is going to mess your stomach up.
  • With that being said, always have enzymes on you because you will never know when you will eat.
  • Make sure you have lots of snacks and little microwave meals. Some dorms even have a kitchen you can cook in. You might not feel like going to the cafeteria or you may get hungry when it is closed. My roommate and I lived off CVS pre-packaged subs for a week because we kept missing dining hours. Gross- I know.
  • Your roommate does not have to be your best friend but you do want to get along. I loved all my roommates. They are fantastic.
  • College finals are going to stress you out but they will end and you will be fine.
  • Get plenty of sleep. All nighters are not as cool as they seem.
  • Bring air freshener for that shared bathroom!
  • If you can avoid it, do not buy your textbooks from the bookstore. It will drain you financially. Try chegg.com, amazon.com, half.com, and other textbook sites. They are usually much less expensive.
  • Also try to sell your books back to those sites or to other students. The bookstore will not give you much. After spending over $550 on textbooks, I got $30 back at the end of the semester. No joke.
  • Do not sign up for 8am classes if you do not normally like to get up early. You will skip. Do not think just because you got up in high school that you will get up for that class.
  • Do the extra credit.
  • Keep a calendar with everything due.
  • Make a schedule including treatments and medicine and such.
  • It is a lot easier to be upfront about your CF with people in college. It really is.
  • It is really easy to get run down in college. Trust me because it happened to me. You have to stay on top of your health.
  • Have fun but stay healthy!!
All right y'all...that is my list so far. If I think of anymore I will add to it of course. Feel free to post your own tips in the comment section.