Ok so Friday morning in the AM I had my tracheostomy bleeding. Now we fast forward to like late late Friday night, my main Vent suddenly fails! I called up Walgreen Respiratory and they sent out a new Vent with one of the Respiratory Therapists, at 2 AM the new Vent arrived. Geez, First my trach, then my vent, what’s next? hopefully NOTHING. The Respiratory Therapists name was Linda, she was really nice to work with. Only once in my time since 2009 with Walgreen’s Respiratory and Infusion did I have a ON-CALL visit from a rather crummy therapist who was crabby. And I can understand that, who want’s to have to get in their car at midnight to run down to an office, grab a Vent, then trek out to a patient’s house. The good thing is Vents are among the most reliable machines in the world, I ran that Vent for 11314 hours before it had a sensor failure or something, that means 2 years SOLID running without a single power down, maybe a few to move from room to room. Those of you who are facing going on a Vent due to your condition and are worried about dying due to your Vent failing, quit worrying as I said above Vents do not fail easily! Also if you depend on the machine for over 16 hours per day you get TWO Vents and STAT delivery of a new Vent if one of yours fails. Only from Walgreen’s as far as I know so look up your nearest Walgreen’s office and jump ship from that ‘other’ company you have! The failure I encountered was a sense failure, it kept running but kept throwing nuisance alarms out for no reason due to the sensor having a fault in it, which is a good way of saying replace this vent soon. I have yet to have a Vent fail totally to inoperability.
Preparing to blow them out
Happy 54th Birthday to my dad. We had lots of fun yesterday and I made a total gag letter out from Mayor Rahm Emanuel from Chicago faking him into thinking that Buckingham fountain would become his, he loves that fountain so I decided a prank was in order. I cooked out on the grill and learned how to cook steak too. I had lots of fun as did he. Click above for photos.