Leaf Cleanup; Fun-Physio with PCD Smiles

Turn treatment-time into play-time with leaf play. Doing outside chores like leaf cleanup can present opportunities to squeeze in some airway clearance for your PCD loved one. Airway clearance doesn’t always have to be scheduled or timed just right. Taking advantage of unusual opportunities to squeeze in a little extra coughing is very important in keeping your PCD loved one’s airways clear. Sometimes all it takes is a bit of coughing. Activities like chores that could also turn into fun can induce coughing.


See I was brought up that coughing was bad and something to be hidden. It should never be done in front of people. Coughing also signaled that I needed to stop what I was doing and sit down. Honestly that was virtually the wrong thing to do for a person with PCD. Even some of my doctors were in agreement that coughing needed stopped, stifled, and signaled I was over exerting myself. In PCD we retain our cough clearance, so in essence coughing is the right thing to do always. Coughing is good grooming in PCD care. We need to cough. If your PCDer is coughing don’t cringe, celebrate and encourage coughing. Coughing helps keeps our airways clear of debris and bacteria that can cause pulmonary infections. Better out than in, remember that old saying. Cough, cough, cough, and more coughing.


Chores that turn into playtime get done faster and encourages people to repeat the chore next time. And come on, who hasn’t played in the leafs while cleaning them up for winter? Play in the leaves and get coughing! If you’re struggling to get your child engaged with their airway clearance techniques try turning airway clearance into play, it could help lessen the burden of persuading your child to do their treatments. If you’re an adult, remember that the best airway clearance technique for you is the one that you will actually do. There are tons of airway clearance techniques and tons of outside the box ideas as well. Experiment today and put the fun back into your life. Remember airway hygiene is an important part of primary ciliary dyskinesia care.



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