Get Help When You Need It

Sometimes all of the treatments you need to do can feel completely overwhelming. There are ways to get help to lighten your load. Here are just a few:

  • Get the gift of time. Instead of material gifts for holidays and birthdays, ask your friends or relatives to give you money for a cleaning service and similar services that save you time.
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    "Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save."
    Will Rogers

     

  • Designate or outsource. The best way to save time is to give some tasks to others. Ask your friends if they can grab some groceries for you on their way to visit. Ask a co-worker to take on a little more of a project when you have medical appointments. Can you hire a dog walker?

    Can a partner wash your nebs or order meds for you? If you volunteered to bake cookies for a function but feel too tired, ask neighborhood kids to come help you out.

  • A good rule of thumb is to check your return on investment (ROI) before doing something. The ROI tells you how much you get back for how much you put in. If you get back less, it’s time to give the task to others or drop it.

  • Build your skills. Consider taking a class on time management or organization, or go see a life coach who can help you structure your time in the healthiest way possible.

  • Learn from the experts. Contact other people living with CF online, through your CF care center education days or by telephone, and find out what they do.

    Only people with CF can give you real-life scenarios and tools that work. But remember, everyone with CF is different. Just because someone else can manage some things a certain way doesn’t mean you have to do the same.

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Updated 8/7/13