These are permanent fixtures in our home...
As soon as I went over to Sailor & Company to find out what the new theme for her RAW(e) photo contest was, and saw that it was "Around the House," I knew exactly what my photo would be.
These are the machines Sam uses in his daily treatments for Cystic Fibrosis.
For those of you who do not know what CF is, it's a disease that effects the respiratory and digestive systems. Sam's body produces a thick mucous that impairs his airways (lungs) and prevents his pancreas from digesting fats and proteins. To counteract this, each day he does several lung related treatments and takes enzymes and acid-reducing meds to help him digest his food.
Twice a day Sam straps on his VEST and nebulizer. The VEST is a vibrating airway clearance machine that keeps the thick mucous moving through Sam's lungs instead of settling and causing a breeding ground for bacteria and infection. The nebulizer delivers a host of medicines to his system in the form of a very fine mist. From antibiotics to brochodilators (meds that keep his airways open) to meds that thin and loosen the mucous. These treaments last anywhere from 45 mins. to an hour and a half, depending on what meds he is currently taking.
Doing his "treatments" are a routine part of our day. First thing in the morning and then again in early evening, on goes the VEST and the nebulizer mask. He shakes, rattles and rolls as the medicine penetrates deep into his lungs. Not that he minds the vibrating...he's busy watching DVD's or playing his favorite LEGO video game. And because these treatments continue to extend the life of my little man, they will always be welcome "around the house."