So, we just got the coolest new CF thing ever, and the girls aren't here to enjoy it! It is called an e-Flow. It looks like a little UFO, and it is designed to nebulize medications at a much faster rate. Dave and I played with it last night.
Not to worry... We put regular water in the e-Flow, since neither of us actually has CF and don't need any medicine. However, I have to say that I have a new respect for Dan and Sarah since inhaling nebulized water made me burst into such a coughing fit. Still, we couldn't resist and just had to try it out.
It runs off regular double A batteries. (It also has an AC adapter.) Excitingly, it is small and portable and quick, quick, quick! For those who aren't aware, people with Cystic Fibrosis spend a great deal of time taking breathing treatments and doing chest physiotherapy, just to be able to breathe. The other benefit is that it is almost entirely silent. Yes, that's right! SILENT! When the girls are doing treatments, my eardrums are usually ringing with the blaring of the television over the nebulizer and the vest.
The girls also got a new Smart Vest system last week. It is much smaller and easier to transport than their old system. We are working on getting a smaller 2nd vest, as well. Somehow, the insurance companies have never realized that the girls are not Siamese twins. We have always only had one vest machine, making it impossible for the girls to travel separately. Don't get me wrong, we have muddled through band trips and Italy vacations with the Acapella, but it doesn't work nearly as well for the girls.
Anyway, I'm completely thankful for all the wonderful new technology that has become available for my children. And, I absolutley love the idea of breathing through a little UFO. Beam them up, Scotty!