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Fight the System Because You Might Win

Last August I became the proud owner of the inCourage Vest system. It’s lightyears beyond the huge Hill-Rom unit that you need to hold down on the little pneumatic pedal with your hand or foot. THAT stupid pedal was the main reason I hadn’t used the Hill-Rom vest in over 8 years. By the way, it’s in the garage if you want it.

This machine is a thing of beauty. It fits under our end table and you push one button and it cycles through a range of frequencies every 2 minutes for 30 minutes without any further interaction needed.

Our private insurance policy, which I got after COBRA because I had a continuous coverage certificate that negates any pre-existing condition clause, has a $3,000 out-of-pocket max per year. This wonderful invoice for $1,200 pushed us over the out-of-pocket limit for the year, but by the time we got everything straightened out with their billing, we just didn’t have the extra money to pay the bill now that we got our tax paperwork back from my CPA. Business was good last year… too good for the estimated payments and savings we made, so we owe a nice chunk to the IRS. Combine that with really rough February sales, we were drawing from that nice savings account we had in place for emergencies.

We requested a hardship waiver from them since my insurance company already paid them more than $10k and I felt that they had enough money for this device. It was a couple of hours of work to fill out the form and get our W2’s together, but to save $1,200 we “made” something like $300/hr!

The best news: I have a terrific vibrato when I sing with the vest on!

Goals for Week 2

Where would we be without goals, right? I plan on:

  • consuming an average of 4,000 Calories per day
  • walk at least a mile 3 times this week
  • do my aerosols (albuterol, Pulmozyme, Colistine, and hypertonic solution) 2x/day
  • do my Vest once/day for 30 minutes

You may note that I have a severe lack of calories today and yesterday. Well, it’s all about being nice to my wife. She’s got the exact opposite goal as me: maintain or lose weight. I can’t just pork out all day in front of her without a) being mean or b) affecting her desire for food. Being married is all about balance. If losing a couple of pounds on the weekend is what it takes and then gain it back over the week, so be it, especially when you hear how hot you look all weekend with the added weight. Nothing like clothes fitting right to bring out the fashionista in everyone. I may need to retire a pair of jeans or two very soon.

I just wish we had a home PFT machine to monitor stats every day or week. Time to start another drug trial for more frequent PFTs, eh?