Living an active life on a ventilator largely comes down to consciously making the choice to be active regardless of the situation.
I refuse to let the fact that I am in a wheelchair and on a ventilator stop me from having a fulfilling and active life. VOCSN is much more conducive to supporting my lifestyle than other ventilators. In the past, I had multiple bags to carry several devices when I left the house. With the streamlined design of VOCSN, I no longer need a pack mule to venture out.
This brings me to the second big benefit: the compact, long-lasting battery power. In the past, I had to be very careful about conserving my battery power, particularly when I was away from the house for longer periods of time. Sometimes I would have to plug in and recharge in between events in order to have enough battery power to last until the end of my day. Being tethered to a wall is restrictive and, frankly, no fun. On the other hand, VOCSN has convenient, removable batteries. By simply swapping out one battery set for a fresh set, I have enough battery power to last for a full day. Because the batteries are so small, they do not add a lot of extra baggage. I can simply tuck them into my purse, or on the frame of my wheelchair, and head out the door. Before VOCSN combined a ventilator, oxygen concentrator, cough assist, suction machine, and a nebulizer into a single device, each of these therapies were provided by a separate devices, along with their own circuitry, accessories, and power cables.
The integration of all of these machines into a single device significantly reduces not only the equipment that I need, but also all of the accompanying clutter. VOCSN allows me to have everything I need is with me on my wheelchair as I move around my home and yard, so that I do not have to return to my bedroom for other therapy treatments, or have my caregiver haul extra equipment to wherever I am.
If I do start to run short on battery power, I always have a cable which allows me to run VOCSN off of my wheelchair's battery power. I never have to cut my day short. Additionally, there is a charger that can be plugged into the cigarette lighter of my car that can be used to conserve battery power while on the road.
Living an active life on a ventilator largely comes down to consciously making the choice to be active regardless of the situation. VOCSN reduces the challenges of maintaining an active lifestyle.
The views expressed by Loa are not necessarily the view of the Ventec Life Systems, its members or the clinical board. These blog posts are the personal experiences of Loa. The blog posts are not intended to provide clinical advice or training related to VOCSN. Always consult a physician or trained clinician prior to using VOCSN. Please refer to the VOCSN Clinical and Technical Manual for detailed instructions, including indications and contraindications for use. VOCSN is available by prescription only.