I remember in the beginning days of our cf journey, when I first got a culture report that was anything other than normal flora, I was crushed. In fact, our cf nurse practitioner tried to "comfort" me through the phone as she told me that staph was pretty "normal", something they see quite often and that it would be okay. I remember thinking that Olivia was "okay", she didn't show any signs of the staph causing her harm so I questioned why she needed to be on a 3 week course of antibiotic, as back in those days, 4+ years ago, they were treating the staph any time it was cultured. Now, our clinic only treats the findings of the culture report if the patient is symptomatic or if the culture reports something more nasty, i.e. Pseudomonas.
My oh my, how times change, how perspectives change.
Years ago, tears were shed at the report of staph on Olivia's culture, now I rejoice every time she cultures "just staph", no matter if it's low, moderate or heavy growth. Not that any bacteria is great, don't get me wrong there, but always waiting for the other boot to drop, the day she cultures something else like Pseudomonas, well that will be a day more tears are shed, my heart gets crushed, but not near as bad as it would have been 4+ years ago, when I was less armor-clad.
On to other things . . .
Do you shop Amazon? I'm by no means here plugging Amazon for any reason aside from the fact that I love it and if you shop there you can now choose to support a charity, just by making purchases. I love being able to go on-line, pick what I want/need, in the comfort of my home, especially during cold/flu season and have it delivered to my door 2 days later. So easy. Wait, charity you say?
Yep that's right, aside from their awesome customer service, Amazon is also now supporting charity and by charity specifically I mean the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, but there are tons of others to choose from if that one doesn't float your boat.
Simply go to: http://smile.amazon.com/
*You must log in to smile.amazon.com and when you make purchases there, Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to the charity of your choice. Amazon is huge, that 0.5% has the potential to add up quickly!
Smile.amazon looks exactly the same, the only difference is the smile.amazon in the top left corner of your webpage, the selection is the same so it's simple, easy and a bonus for the charity of your choice, a very easy way to give back to charity. Give it a try.