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  1. rbtro

    Nevulizer Question

    Hi Everyone, Been awhile since I've posted:(. I've just been lurking, but now I have some questions. I recently have begun using my Bipap about 16hrs a day. I am also having problems with Mucus. I start coughing with every breath. I go off the Bipap and try using the Cough Assist to clear the...
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    Shoulder Atrophy

    I have some shoulder atrophy in both arms. My PT said my shoulders are dropping out of socket. There is no muscle to support them. I have pain in both. Being unable to sleep on my back aggravates this condition. I awake from the pain in the shoulder and have to be turned to the other side about...
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    Bad Week for the Old Man

    Old Man feeling better Well let me begin by thanking you all for the support. I have followed Pat's suggestions and appreciate Beth's info. I hope Shannon is feeling well. Al I have not posted, but have been reading often. I am a CEO (Christmas and Easter Only). I hope everyone has a happy...
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    Bad Week for the Old Man

    Hi all, It has been a while since I have posted. I have dropped in to the lurking mode. Let me say thanks again for mantaining this Website. It has been a Godsend. But on with my sad story. I turned 60 on the 26th of March. I had a wonderful day. My wife had open house and invited many friends...
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    Happy Holidays!

    I just wanted to add my wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all. Rich
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    Another view on Ventilators to consider

    Once again, you've done it, given us a powerful article and more food for thought. Sorry to hear your having problems with the kidneys. I saw the urologist last month he says "I see no problem other then your neuropathy and MND". I too am in the decision state for vent or not to vent. Saw the...
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    Can't use bipap?

    Can't use BiPAP? Pam, You will just have to convince J to keep trying. Get a Pulmonary therapist to adjust the settings to a comfortable level. I was prescribed a BiPAP at my first ALS Clinic. No sleep test just a FVC. I chose the Mystic Swift Nasal Mask. It was the least intrusive and allowed...
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    I broke footrest on wheelchair

    Now that the Als have checked in. I will have to add my own experience. I was told by the mobility expert at the ALS clinic that I needed to recline my seat every 15 mins to prevent pressure sores. I told him that was ridiculous. I have taken to reclining every 1-11/2 yrs. to reposition my...
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    When to go on disability?

    How about tomorrow? Well, as most say it is a difficult decision. I personally have made the decision that I have worked as long as I can. I am going on disability as of Monday. I too enjoyed my job and the company has been extremely supportive. The problem is that I have always been a...
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    Someone Please Reply To Me

    Hi Jan You are not alone! Jan, I have to agree with Big Al. Sorry to hear you may be joining our club. I have posted my philosophy for living. I also feel that I am blessed and highly favored. I have a large support group and a loving wife(CALS). I pray that you have as much or more. I read...