I guess i never really explained much of what the vest is about and why we have been so excited since getting it.
Up until now, we did treatments twice a day by using these little pink pounders (percussors) to pound 10 different spots on R’s body. We would pound each spot for 2 minutes. The purpose of this we to break up the mucous in her lungs and help her to move it out of her lungs. We also do albuterol nebulized medication to help open her airways up to allow the mucous to move out. This process took between 20-30 minutes depending on how well she tolerated it at the time.
The vest basically takes the physical pounding out of the picture. We strap R. in this vest which has an internal air bladder that inflates and then pulsates or shakes. We still use the albuterol nebulized medication to help open the airways.
R. is super good about her treatments. She sits on the couch by herself with her vest on and her nebulizer strapped to her head. She watches her favorite music video’s (Taylor Swift – This girl loves her some Taylor Swift) on “Her” IPod Touch. (this was originally bought by her daddy for workouts. He still uses it, but it sure does come in handy for this little miss. She uses it during her treatments and doctors visits. )
The vest has been so good for R. She gets a 30 minute treatment all over her body vs. a 2 minute pounding on 10 different spots. She sits so well and It has been nice for us too. We can sit next to her and watch Taylor Swift with her, or we can get some much needed work done around the house – dishes, sweeping, breakfast and supper made, etc.
We are very thankful she was able to get the vest. It’s amazing and we love it. They sent a black vest, however we ordered a hot pink one. I just figured they didn’t have one in stock, and honestly I would be totally OK if they had sent the ugly blue vest as regardless of the color, it is a vest and it serves the same purpose. Well we got a message on my phone the other day saying that they are shipping out the pink vest. So she will have a hot pink vest! YAY! How cute will that be!