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Tune-up
Jan 16, 2011 at 10:06 PM

I don't want to come off as ignorant or anything,but I was wondering what exactly a tune-up is?When does one need a tune-up and what all does this entail?

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Thank-you everyone for your answers.I had asked at our last clinic,but they didn't get into detail at all,as tune-ups are not done in our clinic.They hospitalize and treat only when it is absolutely necessary.
Jan 17, 2011 at 11:49 PM
Oh glad you asked this, my daughter is two and I've heard this phrase a lot but just today asked my husband what does that really mean? As a mommy I want to be positive but at the same time know the reality of what is in her future...so was wondering does everyone go into the hospital for a tune up and when? So thanks for asking the question and thanks everyone for helping me understand this better!
Jan 17, 2011 at 7:50 PM
Depending on where you live, will depend on how a "Tune-Up" is defined. Im not sure at what age it actually started, but i noticed tune ups when i was 7. At the time, a once a year tune up was manditory following the cf care guidlelines. Whatever you cultured, they would treat. This way, the bacteria was "undercontrol."
Because of all the new medications, a tune-up is no longer manditory, but some doctors still do it, to make sure everything is undercontrol and plus its a good way to keep track of your health. Being admitted or on iv meds more then once a year is not a tune-up, though for most, the phrase "tune-up" sounds a lot better then "getting sicker" then again, with some infections, id meds are needed often because oral meds arent as strong.
Its good to ask your doctor/childs doctor what a tune-up means to them, that way if they ever mention it, you know what they mean and what to expect.
Jan 17, 2011 at 1:41 PM
It`s like a tune-up for your car...You don't wait until it breaks down, you take preventive measures. Here, the preventive measure is IV antibiotics in order to prevent becoming sick...Where I'm from I don't thing they do tune-ups on kids...it usually starts when they're teenagers...They are able to plan a week or two a year to do their antibiotics and hopefully, no other hospital stay is necessary...
Jan 17, 2011 at 6:22 AM
A tuneup is usually just a round of IV antibiotics. Sometimes it's a stay in the hospital, but sometimes it can be done at home. Tuneups can be done on a regular basis, like every year or so, but it usually depends on lung function. If it's low a doctor will usually have you get a "tuneup."
Jan 16, 2011 at 10:20 PM
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