Monday, February 9, 2009


As most of you know doing breathing treatments with Luke is not always fun. He fights you to the death! He can not stand to wear the mask. Lately we realized that Luke is getting more interested in cartoons, something that he's never really been into. We started doing his treatments with him on our lap while we held the mask and he became a different baby. He would talk to the show, sit still, and be all around very good for us! This came as a huge shock to me because I was used to fighting and singing at the top of my lungs as I valiantly tried to hold the mask on the squirming, thrashing face of my child.

Well, Saturday he did it all by himself! I put him in the chair and put a show on, then I walked away. Do you know what he did? NOTHING! He sat there the whole time and quietly waited for his treatment to be done. At one point the mask fell off of his face and he actually HELD it to his face! Actually, after letting him do it himself a few times we have learned that he likes holding it better than when we use the strap.

This makes my life so much easier for so many different reasons. I feel like breathing treatment time has gone from a negative time to a positive time. He loves to watch tv and now that we aren't fighting him, he can actually enjoy it. It frees up a lot of my time. This morning I was able to pick up the entire house before his treatments were done! Well, he is on TOBI right now which takes quite a while to nebulize but it still was great.

The funniest thing is that Luke knows when the treatment is done. As soon as the medicine is done he pulls it off and says all done. He then patiently waits for my to turn off the compressor before he gets out of his chair. Now all we need is the vest and then I won't even have to do PT! How awesome will that be :)

Here's the little champ holding his neb himself.


Jessie said...

Congrats, this is going to make your life so much easier.

Deb said...

oh, i remember those days all too well. i also remember how great it was to finally be free! (although i still have to sit there with my teen and remind him to breathe!). you will love the vest. it really will change everyone's lives around there!


Lil' Chris' Mom said...

WOW that's great!! What a BIG boy he is becoming:)
I agree with Deb, the Vest will change your lives so much for the better:) Do you know when you are going to get the Vest??