How I Calm My Nerves Before Clinic Days

When I'm getting ready for clinic days, I fight the stress and anxiety with extra treatments, time with my dogs, and a semi-public singing of one of my favorite 80s songs. What do you do before your clinic appointments?

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OK, so by now we have established that pulmonary function tests (PFTs) -- or any medical test or procedure for that matter -- can cause some stress and anxietyI wrote about PFT anxiety before and Megan Lepore also wrote a great post on how to combat PFT anxiety. It's a real thing, guys!

So, I want to talk about PFT rituals, or superstitions, or whatever you want to call them. All I know is they help to calm my nerves.

I have a complete ritual that I follow every time I go to clinic ... I even wear a pair of lucky shoes. Whatever it takes, right?!

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On clinic days, I like to wake up early to get a treatment in and eat just enough so I can take all my pills and still get in a deep(ish) breath. Then, I like to relax with my pugs and sip on my coffee for an hour. Just before it's time to leave, I squeeze in another albuterol treatment. Albuterol and coffee ... now that is the breakfast of champions.

Each day before I walk out the door, I always tell my pups goodbye. But on clinic days, I make a point to tell them “I'll be back.” I forgot to tell them one time and -- you guessed it -- I was admitted. Although I'm not saying that was the reason, wondering about it kept me up at night. It was one of those 3 a.m. pressing questions that keep you from getting any sleep.

So, when I get to the hospital, I park my car in the garage and turn on “Like A Prayer” by the one and only Madonna on full blast. I sing, meditate, and channel my inner Madonna. Music can be so healing, and it always helps calm me. Plus, I feel like it really opens up my airways and puts some extra pep in my step. I feel like I need to record all the looks I get from strangers!

After my PFTs are done and I've put in all that hard work, I treat myself to some Starbucks. My hospital has one in the lobby, and I have to say, a lil' cup of happiness can go a long way on long clinic days.

What are some things you do to help calm your nerves? Do you have a clinic day ritual? I can't wait to hear what you guys do. Breathe out Love! Xo

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Somer was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at 11 months in 1980. She tries to live each day to the fullest by keeping her hopes high and dreams big. Somer is an active advocate in the CF community who has spent her life fighting the disease alongside her parents. Follow Somer on Love To Breathe.

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