The doctors told me that I would soon have a trach and go on a full ventilator and go into a nursing home. I’m not ready for that.
My experience with BCV has been quite extraordinary. I have severe restricted lung disease and had a tracheostomy for 6 years prior to BCV. While the tracheostomy was wonderful in keeping me alive the amount of health problems it caused were quite substantial…The opposite, however, could be said about the vibration mode of the BVC. With the BVC’s negative pressure, the air pressures actually expand your chest and diaphragm and add a noticeable relief and assistance when you’re trying to cough mucus up. Overall I can’t say enough good things about the machine. It has truly been a game changer in my life and is a tool others should use to make their lives easier.
Doctors had suggested putting a trach in and I have discussed it with my family and especially my wife and decided that I didn’t want to go that route. One of the most difficult decisions I’ve ever had to make. But, I knew that it was the right decision for myself, my family, and my department.
He was a firefighter of 28 years and a part of the urban rescue and recovery team for 9/11. With a lifelong commitment to saving lives and bringing comfort to victims, he now faces his greatest challenge, a diagnosis of ALS.
Due to his condition, he was forced to make a tough decision concerning his respiratory care; whether a tracheostomy was the right treatment option for him. A tracheostomy has many negative side effects, including bleeding of the surgical area, infections and even death. That’s why he chose BCV instead.
My daughter is 8 years old with Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Using BCV has helped her in numerous ways. My daughter’s muscles start to fatigue in the afternoons, and since using BCV she is able to raise her arms in the afternoon!
Almost five years ago my daughter was in the hospital with pneumonia; during that time we were discharged with a Trilogy Ventilator. The Trilogy machine was not effective for her; she had to wear a mask on her face while making her nose blister. Furthermore, the Trilogy did not rest her muscles like the BCV does. It wasn’t until my daughter’s pulmonary doctor recommend we try the BCV, what a great recommendation! I truly believe using the BCV has made a huge difference in my child’s health care needs.
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