Tuesday, June 3, 2008
This is my friend our youngest child Rickie ...the picture on the left he has his vest on, the vest is connected to a machine that forces air into the vest and it shakes his lungs and loosens the mucus in the airways, after which he is forced to cough out the mucus....along with the vest Rickie does his nebs.
Three different medicines by way of a nebulizer--at the same time his vest is on. It takes a little longer than 30 min. He does it twice a day--everyday--forever.
When Rickie is sick he has to do treatments 3 to 4 times a day.
Every 3 months he goes to clinic, they test his pulmonary function, weight, chest x-rays, and physical exam. If his pulmonary function test is down 10%, or his weight is down, it is a red flag to the doctors and they put him in the hospital and give him a tune-up. A tune up is normally IV meds, respiratory therapy and physical therapy. This normally lasts 2-3 weeks...sometimes they let him go home with IV meds.
Rickie is worried. Every time so far, he's had a clinic appointment he hasn't come home.
Please, if you have a chance, send Rickie positive thoughts, pray that he can come home after his appointment!
This is a request from him...
This is my song to you Rickie.