Knocking on Wood

Posted by thumperguy @thumperguy, Jan 14 9:54pm

Allowing for the possibility that I'm out-of-my-tree and totally deluding myself, at the moment I'm awash in self-congratulation. I'm closing in on 16 months without a flare-up requiring antibiotics to tame. I've tweaked the twice daily treatment session so that I get it done in 23 minutes not counting clean-up time. Twenty-three minutes nebbing 7% saline, switching on the Thumper for only the final three minutes. By that time the saline is almost entirely gone. Somehow those 7 minutes render the whole experience less oneous. Don

Congratulations! That is really something that deserves self-congratulation.

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That is wonderful news! And for everyone reading who struggles with this problem, such an encouragement. These treatments are time consuming. Thanks for sharing. I love this forum. It's here I learned about 7% saline and read so much other information.

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That's great! Congratulations. May we all be similarly blessed!

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Pardon my ignorance, thumper being a vibrating vest?

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@dolson0730

Pardon my ignorance, thumper being a vibrating vest?

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Yes, he calls his vest 'Thumper'.

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@dolson0730

Pardon my ignorance, thumper being a vibrating vest?

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Yes Dolson, Terri got it right. I think that "naming" my loftily named Respirtech Airway Clearing Device "Thumper" probably grew from a wish to cope with the dreary reality of tethering myself for a couple of half-hour sessions everyday, dare I say it, "for the rest of my life." To call the contraption by an obviously trivializing name and eventually writing a song about it and during the past Holiday season spinning a yarn about it based around "A visit from Santa" (aka "The Night Before Christmas.") These innocent efforts I think are the embodiment of an old saw; maybe one can turn a sow's ear into a silk purse after all. I've had a good deal of fun at it and reaped a priceless load of soul nourishing recognition for my efforts right here on this forum. So there you have it; no more ignorance for you! Don

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Thanks Don! Love your sense of humor! What a great attitude you have! Helps us get thru our everyday treatments! Yes, for the rest of our lives! Diana

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You guys have been very encouraging. Id gotten really tired of saline, aerobika, vest and gave up, and then I read your comments and am starting up again– not full speed yet, but Im doing saline (alternate 3-7%) and aerobika.

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Granny, I’m curious about your rationale for including the 3% in your nebulizing routine as it seems (and most likely is) rather impotent in comparison to 7%.}. Don

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My favorite MAC doc (she's from UCLA, but I dont go there anymore, boo) recommended 3% and said it was just as effective, and I tend to believe her. 3% and 7% both seem to work in terms of breaking through the dry cough and getting something up , WHEN I USE THEM. It is the latter part that is my challenge. Also, after 10 years of a very dry cough, my cough changed to being productive (on its own) some of the time. However, it is not the deep stuff I get after nebulizing.

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@goddard Hi Granny…There has been lots of discussion on this site about 3% vs 7% saline solution. If you can tolerate the 7, it seems to be superior. I am attaching a site that has a chart showing that the 7% is effective in killing MAC invitro. I think it speaks volumes to the efficacy of the higher solution vs the 3%. Please check chart 2 in the article. Best of luck to you. Kate
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4850692/

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@alleycatkate

@goddard Hi Granny…There has been lots of discussion on this site about 3% vs 7% saline solution. If you can tolerate the 7, it seems to be superior. I am attaching a site that has a chart showing that the 7% is effective in killing MAC invitro. I think it speaks volumes to the efficacy of the higher solution vs the 3%. Please check chart 2 in the article. Best of luck to you. Kate
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4850692/

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Allycat – can we just start with 7% if we have never used it before ?

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