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  • One option is using medications. Antibiotics can prevent and control lung infections while medications that are inhaled, called bronchodilators, open bronchi and bronchioles by relaxing surrounding muscles. The drug Kalydeco lowers the amount of salt in a person's sweat, one of the symptoms.
  • Are those the only options?
  • Another option is chest physical therapy. It loosens the thick mucus, making it simpler for people to cough it out of their bodies.
  • Okay. Are there any cases where none of those treatments worked?
  • Those are the most common daily treatments. In more serious cases, there are procedures such as an endoscopy to suck out mucus from blocked airways.
  • There have been some cases where patients' bodies reject the antibiotics. In these situations we would look to complete a lung transplant. This would improve Hadley's quality of life but requires dedication to keep her new lungs healthy.
  • Oh my gosh, this is all my fault. I'm a horrible mother.
  • This is not your fault. Cystic fibrosis is unpreventable. The only thing you could've done is gotten a genetic test done to see if you have the defected gene but even that is not perfect. Sometimes the defected gene is hard to locate and could be missed by the test resulting in your child still having cystic fibrosis so please don't blame yourself.
  • *sniff* Okay, I'll try my best not to.
  • Good. So back to the treatments. I suggest that we use a mix of both medications and chest physical therapy. We'll start these treatments right away and they are going to have to be used daily. 
  • Okay. Thank you so much Dr. Blond.
  • See you soon.
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