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Anyone willing to guess how many “regulars” on this forum use a vest?
Way south, just west of the city of McAllen
@flib Yeah, lacking strength is another one of the joys of getting older. Once you decide that you are going to keep the vest, you can take it to a shoemaker or someone who works on sporting goods and have the heavy duty buckles replaced by lighter duty one, or my husband suggested velcro. If you were near me I would offer to do it, it would be a fairly simple process. Sue (now enroute to Texas )
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@sueinmn Thank you for the thought. Both the shoemaker and Velcro are good ideas. I'll let you know.
I have a smartvest and it uses velcro. The velcro is pretty strong and I'm a weakling but I can pull it open. When I first started using it last year, I was getting muscle pains along my sides and back. I was able to reset the thumping (really like that word, Thumper) to a weaker strength and speed. I do the aerobika during the rest periods in my program and 3% saline at the end. The neb cup fits into the aerobika and supposedly one can do all 3 – vest, aerobika and saline – at the same time but my lungs won't let me do it that way. I can watch tv with the vest but I can't read because the words jump around.
@rits If all else fails you can apply for a job in the circus.
In hospital last year, pulmonary therapist had me use vest, then had me try Vibralung. Says they produce equal results. I tried each in hospital over several days. Much prefer VibaLung. I use it after every nebulizing with 7% saline twice day. Most insurance won’t cover it, tho, too new. But awesome.
I use the Smart Vest and have been using it diligently for about 1 1/2 years. I love it, to tell y'all the truth. I use the time to read and relax. If I secure it too tightly, yes, it can hurt. If that happens, I pause it, loosen the tabs just a bit and then restart it. I'm not familiar with VibaLung. sounds interesting. Do they work in a similar fashion?? Everyone keep safe. Personally, I'm home and don't go out anywhere except to take myself for a drive once in awhile. Just me, myself and I in my car. Blessings to everyone ! Toni
How sick did you become before you were prescribed a Smart Vest? Also, what do they cost? I am doing so much better since diagnosed a year ago but just found out that I've grown out pseudomonous again. This is the third time in a year. Last fall had antibiotic via a PICC line for two weeks and nebulizing Tobramycin for a month. today they are wanting to do a month of Tobramycin only. just wondering what I can do to stop this reoccurrence. anyone who wants to chime in–welcome.
Hi, 63. They prescribed the Smart Vest to me right away, as soon as I was diagnosed. I didn't use it for about the first six months, but then started using it. Actually, I really like using it. I know a lot of people do not, but I do. I don't nebulize, tho. My doctors have never talked about using a nebulizer. I am on the Big 3 tho. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Trying to kill off those little booger bacteria. I keep my shower hose and nozzle dry and clean ( actually I use a copper nozzle to kill off bacteria). I also stopped using my waterpik. That may sound stupid, but I figure it's just another aerated water source and it's in my mouth….. maybe not a wise thing to do. So, I don't.
Oh, as for the cost of the Smart Vest, I didn't pay anything…. it was prescribed…..I would ask my doctor about that for yourself. See about the possibility of getting and using one. Being as my lungs harbor a lot of mucous, the Smart Vest is to break it up and help move it out of my lungs. So it's a medical device and was covered by Medicare. Hope this helps! Toni
Hello Toni, I understand your reluctance to use the waterpic but you could make it safe to use by boiling distilled water for at least 10 minutes. Just thinking about your gums! Bill
Thank you for that suggestion, Bill. My concern is the tubing that connects to the tank growing bacteria and then jetting that into my mouth. I do miss using my Waterpik !!
@toni1132 hi Toni. My sister has a waterpik and she had ordered an extra tubing with an additional flosser head from waterpik. I have one also that i put a dropper full of colloidal silver in the water near the end of my session to kill any bacteria . That tubing never dries out so water just sits in it. Just a thought. Kate
Thank you for this suggestion, Kate. I was putting hydrogen peroxide in the tank filling it and flushing it through when I finished but didn't know it this was accomplishing anything. The water sitting in the tube is what concerned me. Thank you for your input, Kate. Keep safe ! Toni
Toni…I am just not sure what would be the better MAC killer but the hydrogen peroxide also sounds like a good bet. You stay safe too! Kate
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