Monday, August 31, 2009
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Tuesday, August 25, 2009
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Monday, August 24, 2009
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Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
I've been bit by the work out bug...
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Ok so a lot of people have been asking what the PEP mask is so I thought I would tell you a lil about it...
The Positive Expiratory Pressure (PEP) mask is another alternative to airway clearance, and I love it!! I was first introduced to it in the early 90's but then I think the flutter came out then the vest so the PEP mask kind of was forgotten about cause we had moved on to bigger and better, right?
Well in March of 08 when I was in the joint the RTs tried to get me to do the mask instead of my usual "Somer Genics" (which is active cycle and autogenic drainage mixed, I may have to post on that later) But I thought t was ridiculous that they would want to re invent an old version of airway clearance. So I continued that stay with CPT, Somer Genics and Thera PEP when I was being discharged my PFT's were a 36 not where I wanted them, again shooting for a 42. So the RT came in and asked if I wanted to take a PEP mask home, well I really want to blow a 42 so I finally succomb to the 90's version of airway clearance. Since that day in March of 08 I have used it 2 to 3 times a day. I do it for about 15 min or until there is no more crap coming up. So the PEP mask is another thing that I started doing after my last admit. Let me remind you I am 17 months on parole and counting. Which is crazy since before March of 08 I was in every 2 to 3 months for the 2 week stay.
Here is a more clinical description of the PEP mask...
The PEP mask consists of a rubber mask which is connected to a one-way breathing valve and tube adaptor, which creates resistance. The patient presses the mask against his/her face and slowly inhales through the inspiratory port and then exhales against the expiratory resistance. The PEP mask keeps the airways open allowing mucus to be secreted. The PEP mask theory has been related to a bottle of ketchup. A new bottle of ketchup turned upside down and pounded on doesn't move much ketchup out of the bottle; but as soon as a knife is put in the bottle, the ketchup flows freely. The idea is that once there is air in the bottle, the air helps push the ketchup. With the PEP mask, the valves allow the airways to stay open longer causing air to help push out the secretions. It takes some training to learn how to use the PEP mask, and the mask has different size valves that can be used to fit the specific needs of each patient. The mask is done without the aid of another person. The patient is actively involved with this type of therapy, and it takes much discipline to comply with this therapy regimen.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Live CF Web Cast
Successfully Managing Your CF As An Adult
Dr. Marcia Katz with her patient Casey Flaherty and her mother Paula Flaherty
Date and Time:
August 27, 2009 8:00 PM EST
Learn how to handle the difficult transition from teen to young adulthood and get your questions answered live.
Click here to sign up I strongly encourage anyone to sign up for this, Dr Marcia Katz is absolutely AMAZING!!!!!
Monday, August 10, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Upcoming Web Cast
|"Germs and the Impact on the Health of People with CF"|
A Live Virtual CF Education Day Web Cast
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
8:00 p.m. ET
(7 p.m. CT, 6 p.m. MT, 5 p.m. PT)
Click here to register
Join us this summer for a Virtual CF Education Day Web cast to learn about germs that affect people with CF and how to avoid them. The discussion will include the basic principles of infection control and information about B. cepacia, Pseudomonas, MRSA, and influenza. It is important to know and use the basic principles of infection control and prevent the spread of germs in the lives of people with CF. The three-part Web cast will feature:
- John LiPuma, MD, Professor of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology at the University of Michigan
- Lisa Saiman, MD, MPH, Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Columbia University and NY Presbyterian Hospital
About this Web Cast Series
Produced by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, this innovative series of Web casts brings the cystic fibrosis community together in a “Virtual CF Education Day” forum to learn from the experts about living with CF and the latest in CF research.
Each Web cast features different members of the CF healthcare team, or experts in CF research, from across the United States.
The Web cast forum offers an opportunity for questions from the CF community to be answered. This educational tool helps to empower people with CF, families and friends to take an active part in CF care through increased knowledge about the research and the highest quality care.
Voluntary Recall of simplySmart Remove Make Up Remover by Celeste Industries
July 28, 2009
Celeste Industries Corporation has voluntarily recalled all lots of simplySmart "Remove" Make Up Remover. The product is not sold in the retail market but is provided as a guest amenity at Holiday Inn Express® hotels in the United States and in Canada. It is packaged as a single towelette with hiexpress.com shown on the packet. The recall was a result of certain limited lots testing positive for Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria.
The organism Pseudomonas aeruginosa may cause serious eye infections, respiratory infections, dermatitis, soft tissue infections, bacteremia, and a variety of systemic infections, particularly in patients who are immunosuppressed.
Any hotel guests who may have taken the product are advised to not use the product and to destroy it immediately. Consumers who have used the product and have any concerns should contact a healthcare professional.
Consumers with questions regarding the recall should contact Celeste Industries Corporation at (410) 822-6200, ext. 1349 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. EST and ask for Quality Assurance or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. This recall is being made in cooperation with the Food and Drug Administration.