Topic: Post surgical or treatment idea!

When I was in the hospital, the nurse brought me a bottle (about 1 liter size) filled half way with water and a large tube. I had to blow bubbles 10 times an hour-take as big a breath as possible and slowly blow. It was supposed to do two things-1)help prevent pneumonia and 2)help with lung capacity and strength after surgery and being on your back too long.
They did not do this in Edinburgh when I had my surgery and I had terrible "gasps" for about 4 months when my breath would catch. I wonder if this would have helped? It seemed to help with the pain of deep breathing after a day of doing it.

Thought I would pass that along as I had not seen it before but it seems to help.

Kris

Cancer is a word, not a sentence.

36 year old patient with buckets of hope

Re: Post surgical or treatment idea!

Hi Kris, they brought something similar in to Charlie after his resection at Chapel Hill.  No water involved though.  It looked kind of like a child's toy.  He would blow into it and make the ball inside a clear tube go to the top.  They said it was to help with the same 2 things you said.  He did it several times an hour.  It must have helped because he never got pneumonia.

Carol

Re: Post surgical or treatment idea!

I had a device with a ping pong ball in in tube and I was suppose to blow hard enough to hold it up at a certain level.  Sounds like the same concept.  I never got pneumonia either.

Re: Post surgical or treatment idea!

Hi to all,
The device you are talking about is an incentive spirometer. Very important. I was a little troubled by the fact that my father wasn't offered one initially during his 4 day stay at Mayo, until I asked. He had some problems breathing post anesthia. They do work to help prevent post-op pneumonia.
Lana

Re: Post surgical or treatment idea!

Um, now I am just feeling silly and a little neglected. Did the hospital in Edinburgh think me unworthy of such blowing games? Why was everyone else given such things and me not...is it a conspiracy? There I thought I was being helpful when all along I was just clueless. Seriously, glad to know it really does help.

Kris

Cancer is a word, not a sentence.

36 year old patient with buckets of hope

Re: Post surgical or treatment idea!

Kris, you're far from clueless...you're a NUT!  Merry Christmas and lots of love.

Carol

Re: Post surgical or treatment idea!

Hi Kris ... I had the ping pong ball doo-Hickey as well.  But seeing how many bubbles you can blow sounds like more fun to me. 
Have a Merry Christmas, You and the Family!
God Bless.
JeffG

Take it to the Limit,One More Time! (Eagles)

Re: Post surgical or treatment idea!

Hi Kris

Don't take it personal.  I didn't get a bottle to blow into in Edinburgh either and I never had pneumonia.  I did have the "gasps" but just put that down to fear that I was going to feel some pain at the op site.  Never happened of course, but the mind is a powerful thing.

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year (to all of us).

Ron