Percussion Vests

Posted by thumperguy @thumperguy, Jan 1, 2020

Anyone willing to guess how many “regulars” on this forum use a vest?

Way south, just west of the city of McAllen

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@sueinmn

@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.

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@rits

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.

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@rits If all else fails you can apply for a job in the circus.

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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.

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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

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Hi 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.

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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

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@toni1132

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

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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

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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 !!

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@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

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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

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@toni1132

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

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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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