You Know You’re a CF Parent When…
Compiled by Lisa C. Greene
You clean out your purse and the bottom is full of enzymes along with loose change and gum wrappers.
You look at nutritional labels to find items with the most calories and fat instead of the other way around!
Instead of hearing, "The dog ate my homework!" you hear, "The dog ate my nebulizer!"
Your friends call you when their kid is sick instead of their pediatrician.
You snitch salt packets and stash them in your purse, car and diaper bag.
You want your kids to eat all of their dessert instead of all of their vegetables.
The older your child gets, the heavier you get!
You are a mobile germ control unit.
Your refrigerator and kitchen counters look like a pharmacy.
You call hamburgers, french fries and milk shakes "health food."
Your highly-trained ears can hear another person coughing from a mile away.
You know more about the medical system than the clerk on the other end of the phone.
You ask for a DNA test on your child's first date.
When the cashier looks at your grocery cart filled with high calorie, high fat food and says, “Umm… there’s a good class on nutrition next week...”
People think you’re nuts when you say “Wow! That was a good cough!”
You find yourself discussing private bodily functions over the family dinner table.
As a short order cook and gourmet chef, you know the secret to tasty food: FAT!
You know more medical terminology than some professionals.
When you go out to dinner on a date night, you still get out the enzymes!
You can flush a pic line faster than a nurse.
You are a walking fat and calorie counter.
You are a doctor, nurse, lawyer, pharmacist, accountant and child psychiatrist all in the same body!
You make nebulizer soup in a large pot every night.
You can care for your special child better than anyone else in the universe.
“Live, LAUGH, and love!”
Lisa C. Greene is the mom of two kids with cystic fibrosis, a writer, public speaker and a parent coach. Visit Lisa's website at www.TipsForCFparents.com.