Dose of DeAnn Episode 17: Cough Assist Machines
In the latest episode of Dose of DeAnn: A Glimpse Into My Life with SMA, I talk about using a cough assist machine. The cough assist is a device that many people with SMA use to combat respiratory issues. Its purpose is to remove secretion from a person’s body, and it is often coupled with devices like the Vest Airway Clearance System.
When I first used a cough assist, I was extremely skeptical. To me it looked more like a torture machine, and the thought of using it daily kind of terrified me. Yet once I got over my initial apprehension, I found it to be a pretty helpful device. I do at least one cough assist session a day, and it’s helped a lot with avoiding pneumonia and other illnesses. Like many other things that those of us with SMA have to deal with, you get used to it after a while.
In this video, I provide footage of me using my cough assist. If you’ve never used this device before, hopefully this will give you an idea of what it’s like. And as always, please let me know if you have any questions.
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