Sharing the Health
I have a hint for users of BiPaP devices. I use a wig cap to keep the Velcro on the straps from snagging in my hair. I also heard about a valve that is placed between the can- nula and the concentrator tubing that allows you to adjust the flow without having to do it at the concentrator. It is from www.softhose.com and costs $10 plus shipping and handling. They also have very soft cannulas and tubing you may order by calling 1-858-748-5677.
One of our biggest changes in recent years came with the change to HFA metered dose inhalers. Since old habits are hard to break and you may still be wondering about the differences, you can download information and a chart on the inhalers, number of doses in the inhaler and how to clean and prime it from National Jewish Health at http://tinyurl.com/64jsvdr.
For those without access to the Internet, send a request with a self-address, stamped envelope to The Pulmonary Paper, PO Box 877, Ormond Beach, FL 2175 and we would be happy to send you a copy.
Today’s Internet users have a host of acronyms that they use in conversations that might seem like a foreign language, as LOL is Laughing Out Loud.
Gail Keller of Westfield, NJ, sent us this list, developed especially for seniors, some of which you might want to use in your next email!
ATD: At the Doctor’s
BFF: Best Friend Farted
BTW: Bring The Wheelchair
BYOT: Bring Your Own Teeth
CBM: Covered By Medicare DWI: Driving While Incontinent
FWBB: Friend With Beta Blockers FWIW: Forgot Where I Was
FYI: Found Your Insulin
GGLKI: Gotta Go, Laxative Kicking In GHA: Got Heartburn Again
HGBM: Had Good Bowel Movement IMHO: Is My Hearing-Aid On?
LMDO: Laughing My Dentures Out LOL: Living On Lipitor
OMG: Oh, My Grandchildren!
ROFLCGU: Rolling On The Floor Laughing And Can’t Get Up
SGGP: Sorry, Gotta Go Poop
TGIF: Thank Goodness It’s Four O’Clock (for early bird specials)
TTYL: Talk To You Louder
WAITT: Who Am I Talking To?
WTP: Where’re The Prunes?
I have excessive mucus. First thing in the morning, I drink 1-1/2 to 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, sweetened with honey in a glass of hot water. This clears my throat and is also a natural laxative. Another plus is that it tastes good! I think people with diabetes should check with a health professional about using this.
Janet McLees, Flint, MI
Julia Steitz of Penfield, NY, ordered a lung flute from Medical Acoustics (http://medicalacoustics.com), a new product to help clear secretions. Because of her low flow rates when breathing through the device, she was unable to get it to work properly. Her husband tried and with normal lung values had no problems. The company gave her a complete refund and told her they were working on improving the product.
She also wants to share a tip for doing laundry. Julia sits on a chair and uses a “grabber” to get the clothes out of the washer and dryer.
The American Association for Respiratory Care has published an informative 56-page booklet entitled A Patient’s Guide to Aerosol Drug Delivery. The publication covers each type of medication device with instructions on how to clean them and solve problems that may arise.
You may see it on the Internet at www.yourlung health.org/healthy_living/aerosol/
Jenna from Florida found she had problems with her Spiriva capsules when she stored her medication in the bathroom. The humidity may have been causing the medication to stick together and the capsule did not seem as easy to break. Once she moved her medicines to a different room the problem solved itself.
If your oximeter mistakenly gets wet, take the batteries out immediately and cover the oximeter in a small con- tainer with rice. Cover the container and leave it overnight. The rice will absorb the water and your oxime- ter will be fine with new batteries! Maggie B., Illinois