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).
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.
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.
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.
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.