Patients share their experiences with wearABLE open ventilation
Anna steps out the front door and toward the mailbox. “I love being able to go for walks outside again,” she smiles as she comes back with a package and several letters. Anna has Stage 3 COPD, an obstructive lung disease where the airflow to the lungs is partially blocked. Anna experienced shortness of breath, and even the smallest activities were all but impossible. “I spent most of every day on the couch,” says Anna, “I couldn’t even do simple things like laundry or dishes.” Her husband took over all the household chores. Then, in February, Anna was fitted with wearable ventilation and her life changed.
Now, with wearable open ventilation, Anna can move around her house easily and has been able to go on short walks with her husband.
"It's like I didn't even have to think about breathing, even though of course you constantly think about it. But I didn't have to consciously say, ‘Okay. Inhale. Exhale.’ It [wearable open ventilation] just did it….I had to remind myself that I even had COPD while I had this on."
"To be able to do more—it feels so much more complete, like I'm not hiding behind something….It [wearable open ventilation] is appreciated very much, because now I can do a lot of things I couldn't do before….I've gone just about everywhere except for the one place I wanted to go: African safari. Never got over there. I'm beginning to think that maybe that's not an impossibility."
"I think that one of the biggest benefits of [wearable open ventilation] is it allows me to do the things that I haven't been able to do for years, to get out and walk, to play with my grandchildren, to go shopping, and not have to come home in half an hour because I was worn out."
"I envision using it [wearable open ventilation] in my daily life to help me get up, be able to do a load of wash, do some ironing, do vacuuming, make the bed, and especially to help me to take care of my wife…."