It’s important to me that I chose the job because I like to do it, PCD didn’t come into the equation when I chose a job

When you start a career you will invest lots of time in your new job and won’t have much time for other things.

As always with PCD it is important that your health remains a priority and that you find time for your physiotherapy sessions.

It is important that you share with your employer that you have PCD (give them a leaflet) and explain to them how PCD affects you on a day to day basis.  This will help you become more empowered at work to manage your own condition.

Try and work from home if you have the option when bugs are flying around. Work by a window and try and avoid big air conditioned environments.  Always keep a box of tissues on your desk so that you can blow your nose regularly.

Eat a varied diet to try and keep energy levels high. Try and keep up regular exercise (running around the block and getting a dose of fresh air is invaluable).

Manage your workload proactively to help you avoid stress. Basically, if you get run down, a chest infection will soon follow.

If you are finding it difficult to keep on top of your physiotherapy talk to your physiotherapists about alternative physiotherapy strategies that fit in better with your new lifestyle.

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