‘Blow, Nicole, Blow’: My Journey With PFTs

‘Blow, Nicole, Blow’: My Journey With PFTs

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‘Blow, Nicole, Blow’: My Journey With PFTs

“Are you ready for your pulmonary function test, Nicole?” the respiratory therapist (RT) would ask. My answer was always no, I was never ready for the test. In fact, I’d panic over it for at least a week, clinging to the possibility that my lung function somehow had gone up despite my increased cough. What is a PFT? Simply put, pulmonary function tests, or PFTs, measure my lung volume and are performed at every cystic…

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