Recently, I reconnected with Lance, a friend I had fallen out of touch with. While chatting, he suddenly turned to my mom and asked if he could take me out to dinner.Being on a ventilator has brought a unique variable to all of my friendships – the caregiver. I am very fortunate in that I am very close with my family and many of my nurses, but that does not change the fact that some of my friends are not nurses. Typically, when I am hanging out with friends it is in a group setting with either my parents or nurses joining us. As everyone enjoys one another’s company, this has not proved problematic and my friends love my parents as much as, if not more than me, but it does change the dynamic.
Recently, I reconnected with Lance, a friend I had fallen out of touch with. While chatting, he suddenly turned to my mom and asked if he could take me out to dinner. She was a little surprised that she was not more nervous at the prospect of me not being with my regular caregivers. The game changer here was Lance would have the help of VOCSN, which makes it much easier to train someone to take care of my respiratory needs. Naturally, right after my injury my family was still learning to take care of me and were much more nervous in general regarding my care, but the complexity involved with being on a ventilator and everything that goes with it would have made such a proposition unthinkable, that was then long before VOCSN made the respiratory world a better place.
After coming to my house for a crash course in what Lance dubbed “Loa Care: 101” all parties involved felt as though I would be in good hands, because VOCSN is so user-friendly. The fact that the user interface operates similarly to a smartphone made it easy to teach somebody outside of the medical field how to operate VOSCN. Furthermore, because all of my therapies and needs are met by this single device, means that “Loa Care: 101” with VOCSN is much simpler than it would have been in years past. Not only was it fun to get out of the house without parental supervision – a luxury most 35-year-olds do not have to worry about, it was a lot of fun catching up with an old friend. Since then, not only have we enjoyed several other excursions, Lance has joined me at home for family dinner, because my parents are actually super cool!
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.