CF March Madness – Round 1 Results

The results are in! Here’s the breakdown from the first round:

SYMPTOMS REGION

#1 Coughing 87.2% – #16 Barrel Chest 12.8%

#8 (Dehydration) 53% – #9 Loss of Appetite 47%

#5 Malabsorption (Diarrhea) 73% – #12 CF laugh 27%

#4 Obstruction (Constipation) 41.1% – #13 stomach pain 58.9%

#6 Distended Stomach 74.8% – #11 CF voice 25.2%

#3 Fevers 66.7% – #14 Clubbed Fingers 33.3%

#7 Fatigue/Difficulty Sleeping 55.3% – #10 Blocked sinuses 44.7%

#2 Gassiness 62.3% – #15 Night sweats 37.7%

TREATMENTS REGION

#1 Daily treatments 75% – #16 Reciting the medication list 25%

#8 PICC placement 83.4% – #9 Port access 16.6%

#5 Supplemental oxygen tubing 47.3% – #12 G-tube spills/leaks 52.7%

#4 Realizing you forgot a medication 77.6% – #13 Radiation Exposure 22.4%

#6 Antibiotic resistance 87.3% – #11 Overnight feeds 12.7%

#3 Sterilizing nebs 66.3% – #14 Blood work/shots 33.7%

#7 Sinus surgery 55.9% – #10 Hypertonic saline irritation 44.1%

#2 Hospital stays 72.3% – #15 failed blood work 27.7%

INTERACTIONS REGION

#1 “You don’t look sick” 74.5% – #16 “You should stop smoking” 25.5%

#8 ER visits 43.5% – #9 The pity party 56.5%

#5 Voicemails from pharmacies/doctors 43.9% – #12 Using multiple pharmacies 56.1%

#4 Nurses unfamiliar with CF 76.5% – #13 Bad PFT coaching 23.5%

#6 “Are you contagious?” 67.2% – #11 Alternative remedy recommendations 32.8%

#3 Doctors unfamiliar with CF 63.9% – $14 “How are you feeling?” 36.1%

#7 Packing for a trip/vacation 36.2% – #10 Encountering smokers 63.8%

#2 Insurance battles 58.9% – #15 “You’re so lucky, you can eat whatever!” 41.1%

ROADBLOCKS REGION

#1 Life expectancy 90.1% – #16 salting 9.9%

#8 purple 24.4% – #9 climbing stairs 75.6%

#5 Canceling plans last minute 62.3% – #12 Moon face 37.7%

#4 CFRD 54.2% – #13 Medications misting onto screens 45.8%

#6 Inconsistent day to day health 53.5% – #11 Sudden Exhaustion 46.5%

#3 Lung bleeds 68% – #14 Overeating 32%

#7 Mucus plugging 70% – #10 Knocking over the cup full of mucus 30%

#2 Mucus puke 78.2% – #15 Miscounting enzymes 21.8%


The most notable stat by far is that there were more “upsets” on the right side (4) of the bracket than there were on the left (2).

A few interesting points of note….

In my opinion, the most shocking upset was Stomach Pain over Obstruction (constipation). I for sure thought that constipation was going to take that one home….

Antibiotic Resistance was the leading vote getter. While that wasn’t what I thought would be the leader in the clubhouse after the first round, I can’t say that I am surprised. Antibiotic resistance is a huge problem for people with CF.

Based on the voting above, I think it’s fair to say that people have had enough of running into doctors and nurses who are unfamiliar with CF.

Life Expectancy and Distended Stomach tied for winning the biggest blowouts over Salting and CF Voice respectively. I don’t think Salting ever stood a chance. #16 seeds continue to prove futile against the #1 big dogs. I did think, though, that CF Voice would do a bit better.

G-tube spills/leaks won the closest game over Supplemental Oxygen Tubing by a difference of 18 votes. I, for all it’s worth, am happy to see that my g-tube people came out in droves to push spills/leaks over the line!

I am sad to see the tournament come to an end for Purple, Alternative Remedy Recommendations and Medications Misting onto Screens – they were my picks for Cinderella’s!

The lowest seeded team to advance was Stomach Pain #13, followed by two #12’sUsing Multiple Pharmacies and G-tube spills/leaks.

What do you make of the first round?

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