My dirty habit

I have a habit.

I don’t like to talk about it.

Even if I wanted to, I couldn’t kick it.

My daily pick-me-up.

I’m not alone.

A lot of young city dwellers need a bit of extra help

A little lift, to make it through a demanding day.

Once in the morning, and in the evening

Quick and discreet, is what I try to be.

“I’m just nipping to the ladies,” I say.

Once, someone saw me-

A faint line of white above my lip.

I scrubbed it off, quick as I could.

What would they think of me?!

But it’s worth the hassle, a thousand times over.

My little lifesaver.

It’s my antibiotic inhaler.


No, I’m not making light of recreational drug use, but I’m often reminded of my complete and utter dependence on medicinal drugs and I find the parallels interesting.

Yes, someone really did come into the bathroom just after I’d taken my Colistin antibiotic inhaler and saw a cloud of white powder down my front. That was awkward.

Antibiotic inhalers are a very simple but landmark development in CF medication. Instead of having to take multiple oral antibiotics continually at very high doses –something the body will not thank you for – it offers the chance to reduce the metabolic load on the liver and kidneys and a much more effective delivery straight to the lungs. Win for me, win for my body. 

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