I had an appointment yesterday with a pulmonary specialist. He couldn’t really give me a reason why I have pleurisy. Usually, people have pleurisy because of a serious illness like pneumonia or tuberculosis or because of trauma to that region of the body. I have not been sick and definitely haven’t had any trauma that would have caused this. It’s pretty frustrating to not know why this happened, especially since I have never had any lung issues in the past. I can tell you that if one more person suggests that running in the cold or running in general caused this, I may lose my mind. Running and running in the cold does NOT cause a pleural effusion to develop in a person’s lung.
The pulmonologist put me on an anti-inflammatory until my follow up appointment next week. In the meantime, I had another chest X-ray to check to see if the pleural effusion has gotten bigger since my last X-ray 2 weeks ago (if it has, it may need to be drained :(). Since I’m breastfeeding, I obviously have to be careful about the medications I take. When the doctor prescribed Naproxen, I requested to switch to Ibuprofen. Naproxen is safe while breastfeeding for occasional use, but not recommended for continued use; whereas, Ibuprofen is one of the safest that can be taken (this is a really useful chart for other nursing moms). I’m crossing my fingers that the Ibuprofen will help. That’s what the hospital originally prescribed and I did start to feel better after I took it for a few days. I’m hoping that being on a longer course of it will be what I need.
In more exciting news, Kona Kase kindly sent me a box to review. If you haven’t heard of Kona Kase yet, it’s a really cool monthly box delivered straight to your door with different nutritional products. I was really impressed with the products in the box they sent me. I’m currently not eating dairy (my little nursling doesn’t tolerate it well) so I sadly couldn’t try everything in my box. That’s what husband’s are for though. Hubby really liked the Rickland Orchards Greek Yogurt bar (not pictured below because he ate it before I took the pic :)). I really want those caramel cups so I may or may not have put them in a safe place for when I re-introduce dairy into my diet.
My favorite thing in my Kona Kase was the Zing Chocolate Coconut bar. It was dairy-free and tasted kind of like a Mounds or Almond Joy. The Journey Savory bar was interesting. Most energy bars are really sweet which bothers me sometimes because I don’t always want something sweet. The savory bar was a nice change.
- Great variety
- A lot of stuff in one box
- Opportunity to try new energy bars and snacks that you may not otherwise buy
- Free shipping on your box
- Can cancel anytime
- Discount for multi-month memberships
- If you consider how much these kind of nutritional products cost on their own, $15 is an amazing deal for this many products to try each month.
- A hand written note in my box. May not sound like a big deal, but it sure was a nice personal touch that immediately made me appreciate the box that they sent even more.
- If you have dietary restrictions, you may get stuck with things you can’t eat
I was really impressed with my Kona Kase box. There were a lot of things to try in it so I think that certainly makes the $15 per month fee worthwhile. If you want to try Kona Kase, use code FF2 and your first month will be only $10!
Disclaimer: Kona Kase sent me a box free of charge to review as a Fitfluential Ambassador. I was not obligated to give them a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.