I see everyone writing about their blogging stats, eg how many followers they have on each platform or how many views they get in a year on their blog. However, I thought I would try writing statistics which are something completely different to that.
If you didn’t know already from reading my blog, I have Cystic Fibrosis. Which means I take a hella lot of medication to keep myself ticking over. I can’t even tell you how I got this idea in my head, it just popped up in this little brain of mine one evening. I know how many tablets I swallow, nebulisers I breathe in and how many inhalers I puff a day, but how many times do I do that in a whole calendar year?!
Let me just say, I’m crap at maths. I can do the basics of the adding, subtracting, multiplying and division, I can calculate the odd percentage here and there, fractions are hit or miss and don’t get me started on equations! Why do we need equations for anyway? Pythagoras’s Theorem is one theorem I have yet to fathom.
Anyway, after many calculations and double checking to make sure the numbers were correct, here are my CF stats –
Azithromycin – 3 tablets a week = 144 tablets a year
Colomycin – Inhaled nebuliser twice a day = 730 nebulisers a year
Creon 10,000 – 2 a day (at most) = 730 tablets a year
Creon 25,000 – 10 a day, with food, my favourite part of the day = 3,650 tablets a year
Evacal (calcium chewables, which taste rank) – chew 2 a day = 730 tablets a year
Fostair – Inhaler, 2 puffs twice a day = 1,460 puffs a year
Hypertonic Saline – feels like inhaling 7% of the sea, twice a day = 730 salty nebulisers a year
Itraconazole – 2 twice a day = 1,460 tablets a year
Lantus – Insulin, 11 units a day = 4,015 units injected a year
Laxido – a laxative a day to allow movement down…there = 365 sachets poured into a glass of squash a year
Prednisolone – the little white tablets which I can’t seem to stop, 5mg a day = 1,825mg of steroids every year
Pulmozyme – the nebuliser made out of Chinese hamsters (honestly, I’m not joking), puff it once a day = 365 Chinese hamsters lost to medical science
Saline – to be used with the Colomycin – 5ml for the two doses of Colomycin = 3,650ml of Saline a year
Spiriva – simple inhaler, two puffs twice a day = 1,460 puffs a year
Unifine Pentips – or in short, needles for insulin, one a day = 365 needles used a year
Vitamin E – well, Vitamins are good, one a day = 365 capsules a year
Vitamin A+D – again, double vitmains are good, two a day = 730 more capsules a year
So the grand total is –
8,174 tablets a year
4,015 units of insulin a year
2,920 puffs of inhalers a year
1,825 inhaled nebulisers a year
and a lot of Chinese hamsters.
Hmm. That’s quite a lot. When I came up with this idea for a post, I never realised these numbers would be so big. I hope this gives you a better understanding that having CF takes a lot of hard work. Not only do I swallow umpteen amounts of tablets and inhale god knows how many nebulisers a day, let alone a year, but I have to do physiotherapy and exercise on top of all that. I would like to think that your mind is blown, as well as mine is right now.
Like I always say at the end of each CF post, if you have any questions about this post or anything about CF, just ask. I’d rather you ask me for the right answer rather than make the wrong assumption.