Hi Emma and welcome
Sue is right "don't give up just yet" In fact don't give up at all - your life is not stopping.
Firstly, it's very important you get the right respiratory consultant, preferably one with a special interest in cystic fibrosis/bronchiectasis. Check out your consultant on your hospital website or Dr. Foster. It can make the world of difference.
Secondly glad to hear you have been taught physio, as this is the most important thing you can do for yourself. Just wondering if physio has shown you gadgets such as the flutter (which you can now get on prescription from gp) or the acapella.
When you say you were given medication I am wondering what type of medication. Lots of bronchiectatics have a variety of meds.
Obviously antibiotics for the treatment of infections. However many also have prophilactic antibiotics - quite often Azithromycin either 1 3times a week or 1 a day - these help in 2 ways - they dampen down inflammation and break down biofilms around certain bugs, or as with Sue Clarithromycin Unfortunately I can't tolerate either but I know lots of bronchs who find them of great benefit.
I assume you are taking some form in inhalers, having bronch and asthma. Many of us nebulise saline 0.9% or hypertonic saline which uses osmosis to draw water into the lungs and helps to loosen up the gunk. Some bronchs take mucus thinners. If you haven't been offered these you may want to ask your consultant if he/she think they may be of benefit to you. I nebulise bronchodilator followed by usually hypertonic about 20 minutes before doing physio. I also use a steroid inhaler once a day for my asthma.
I also assume you have antibiotics at home in case you become ill over a weekend or holiday period, and that if possible you get a sample of mucus into the GP to check what you are growing and what it is sensitive to.
Please Emma use the time before your next appointment to learn all you can and have all your questions down you wish to ask - do it in bullet points though or you will miss stuff. In the meantime if there is anything you're not sure of or questions you have please don't hesitate to ask - someone will be along to answer you - that's what we are all here for to support one another and the only silly question is the one you don't ask.
Lots to take in and you must be quite overwhelmed, but Emma once you get more facts, the right care and support you will manage your bronch well. I've had bronch since I was a baby, so I haven't known anything else really. More recently I have been dx with asthma and inflammatory arthritis etc. but i am a lot older than you. Things have moved on in tests and treatment and there will be many more improvements in your lifetime.
Good luck Emma