Although not part of my son's “official” care team, our local pharmacist plays a key role in his cystic fibrosis care.
Each time we meet, I am reminded that quality improvement in CF care cannot happen without the insights of people with CF and their families.
It can be difficult to find time for daily CF treatments in your already jam-packed lives, but your respiratory therapist can help.
Sometimes, being the “squeaky wheel” is the only way to make a positive change.
All my life I wanted an answer to why I was so sick. Then I got it, in the form of a CF diagnosis.
When our son was diagnosed with CF, the clinic director sat with me for hours answering my questions. Since that day, I have wanted to bottle up his advice and become a voice of encouragement for new CF parents.
As Evan's mom, I have to constantly decide where to invest my time, especially when it comes to providing feedback. So, when offered the chance to turn my survey fatigue into something that would actually make a difference and be less of a hassle to do, I jumped at it.
Although the initial diagnosis for cystic fibrosis seemed to elude our doctors, we knew in our hearts that our son had cystic fibrosis. When we advocated for and got a CF doctor, we began a relationship that became a partnership of mutual trust and respect.
I didn’t realize how important my cystic fibrosis care team was — or how they had my back — until I stayed in a hospital where the staff had little knowledge of the needs of people with cystic fibrosis.
CF care centers have worked hard to improve health outcomes. A new initiative seeks to improve the quality of our experiences at care centers.