• Our Mission

    Our Mission

    Our mission at PCD Smiles is to bring smiles to hospitalized primary ciliary dyskinesia, no mater their age; through the gift of a cheer package. Currently serving only The United States and Canada.
  • Request Cheer Package

    Request Cheer Package

    Know of a hospitalized primary ciliary dyskinesia patient? Please visit our “Request a Cheer Package” link and fill out our secured form to submit them for a cheer package today!
  • Donations


    Our cheer package program runs on donations. To see how you can help PCD Smiles, visit our donations section today!
  • The PCD Artist Project is a collaborative effort by artist to raise awareness for PCD & support the PCD Smiles cheer package program. Visit our exhibits today!
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  • just say NO, Buffets & Food Boards; a patient’s perspective

    just say NO, Buffets & Food Boards; a patient’s perspective

    A patient’s perspective from our Founder: Well you all know me and know I like to talk about the little know areas of PCD life, like this new spin on buffet type meals; food boards. For most people...
  • Flying with PCD

    Flying with PCD

    A few years during a family medical crisis involving my father I went a jumped on the first plane out of Minniapolis bound for my home state of Ohio. I wasn’t actively sick with and infection, but...
  • Caregiving


    There are many layers to caregiving when it involves a person who has primary ciliary dyskinesia. These layers peel back and change on the daily sometimes. It is definitely a strange onion to peel...
  • Nothing is Sacred when you have PCD

    Nothing is Sacred when you have PCD

    There are a lots of things that I’ve had to get used to as I grew up doing life with PCD. One of those things was learning that unlike most others I had no privacy. I mean absolutely none...

Disordered sleeping and sleep disturbances are more common in PCD than once thought. It’s not surprising given that you need to be able to breathe properly in order to sleep properly.

Sleep related hypoventilation seems to be the main culprit in respiratory patients closely followed by sleep apnea. In sleep hypoventilation patients are primarily at risk for hypoxia, CO2 retention, and bradycardia due to ventilatory insufficiency. These patients require monitoring and possible intervention. Symptoms may include daytime fatigue, difficulty exercising, excessive daytime sleepiness, morning headaches, poor sleep quality, waking up many times throughout the night, waking up to tried and unrested, and breathlessness. Treatments for sleep related hypoventilation can include positive airway pressure therapy or continued positive airway pressure therapy. And may be as simple as a medication adjustment or additional sleep medication. A sleep study or studies are needed to diagnose the exact cause of your symptoms.

Sleep disturbances are disorders in initiating sleep or staying asleep. Respiratory patients can experience sleep disturbances due to their medication, breathlessness, coughing, PCD exacerbation. Changes to the breathing patterns due to obstruction like mucus can lead to constant waking, gasping for air, coughing, and much more that can affect a person’s ability to get quality sleep. There are many methods to help a respiratory patient achieve better quality of sleep and the best place to start is with a sleep study.

A sleep study will help your team pinpoint your exact issues and needs. Then you can come up with a plan for better sleep. Not sleeping or not getting quality sleep can lead to more pulmonary exacerbations because of your body’s lowered ability to fight infections due to lack of sleep. There are medications and devices that can also help you to achieve better sleep. Ask your team for a referral for a sleep study today.

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We have several ways that you can donate to PCD Smiles;

- Visit Smile E. Turtle's Amazon Wishlist

- For more information on how you can donate, please visit our "Donation" page to check out our "Do & Don't policies.

- Or sponsor a PCD Smiles cheer package today!

- To shop for your “Official” turtle care ribbon gear today, visit PCD Style or Smile E. Cove

Thank you for your consideration!


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