An uneventful Friday night spent doing treatments & my deep breathing regimen. I'm rockin' with 40-42% of my lung function, so I gotta be extremely diligent with my schedule & make sure I don't miss any treatments.
As I keep improving, that number should go up, I'm aimimg for 50%, which I feel is attainable as long as I'm consistent. My treatment schedule probably doesn't look a whole lot different compared to other CFers: -45mins of the Vest (can't wait to get the portable one!)
-Tobramycin this month (Cayston every other month)💨
Once I'm done with my nebulizers though, I do my own series of lung expansion exercises & treatments that I feel make a big difference for me in tolerating exercise & catching my breath faster. A nice side effect is also reduced #anxiety
Lung incentive spirometer (pictured): I'll typically do 20 tries after my treatment & try to reach a higher number each time. Right now I can hit about 2500ml on my best try. My goal is 3000ml. After each inhale I will hold my breath for 5 seconds & exhale all the air in my lungs as slowly as possible.
Acapella unit (pictured): As great as the vest is, nothing makes me cough like this little gizmo does. On the days where I feel like I can't bring much up, this device really helps. I do 10-15 tries & exhale every drop of air I have in my lungs, basically til I'm purple in the face lol..huffing that hard is imperative for me to get all that deep rooted shit out of my lungs.
Short meditation session: After coughing my insides up, I use this as my "cool down". Despite it being relaxing, I still make sure I'm inhaling as deeply as I can & exhale everything I have in me out. I aim for 5-6 second inhales, hold the breath for 5 seconds, then exhale slowly for a count of 8-10.
I do full rounds of treatments & lung exercises twice a day, but do additional albuterol nebulizers every four hours.
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