By Katrina Gossett – 03/18/2014
This afternoon I learned all the latest tricks of the trade for my favorite hobby: breathing.
The MDA Clinical Conference had a hands-on session where I could try out all the new fancy options and the tried and true ones to keep my airways open. I felt like a kid in a candy shop thinking about what I would do the next time I’m fighting a cold.
The first sweet thing I checked out was the Metaneb, which is a new breathing treatment that delivers positive pressure and oscillation to move out that junk that likes to take up residence in our lungs. Right now, it’s only available in hospitals, but it’s definitely worth keeping an eye out for.
I also learned about diaphragm pacing—a cutting-edge breathing option, breath stacking to improve my cough, and non-invasive ventilation options. I worked on my spaceman routine, trying on different masks for bipaps. If you haven’t checked out new mask options in a while, I recommend you do. There are so many options that might fit better than your current one. I personally am a fan of the nasal pillows—no pain and very fashionable!
Finally, it was the moment I’d been waiting for. I got to see the Cough Assist in action. Many of my friends who use this machine rave about it, but I had to see what all the fuss was about. They demonstrated the old and new models and showed the magic they can work with pflegm. (Luckily, no actual pflegm was involved.) The demonstrators even gave me some pointers on making the machine work better for me. I’m excited to try it out the next time I need a good cough or whenever I want to work out my lungs.
Overall, it was an exciting tour through the land of breathing. There was something for everyone. It really was an inspiration! (I’ll be here all week -- through Wednesday…)
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