" I'm like the paper work says squeeze the sides first like you did when we try last time. Oh you don't have to do that just squeeze the bottom soft part so I tried "
"The part about
squeezing the sides is to "activate" it. I have never personally "activated" or "deactivated" mine"
The side squeezing is a way to refill the pump bulb if someone like your doc didn't bother to take the time let the bulb completely fill after squeezing. To explain this more, if you or your doctor wanted to deactivate your cuff the procedure would go like this. You would squeeze the bulb repeatedly (about
three times) until it was compleatly flat. then you would wait twenty seconds and press the button to lock. Lets say you only waited 10 seconds and pressed the button, then the bulb would still be fairly flat ( too flat) and would not have enough fluid in it to be able to "pop" the button which is what happens with you re-activate after being de-activated. So, if you or your doctor feels the bulb and it is too flat to make the pop then it needs more fluid then he or she can bypass the locking valve by squeezing the sides of the hard end of the pump to fill the bulb more completely. During the healing time it may now be more customary for doctors, to leave the bulb flatter and there by leave the cuff less filled until activation. I say this because only after my last revision did my doctor have to sneeze to bypass for more filling.
I am sure y'all wanted to know all that.
As an update to my last report, on my current revision, I am trying the old school "anti-atrophy" routine of de-activating every night so hopefully I can slow down the inevitable atrophy. My original doctor , Dr. T. Boone, published a paper about
a combined study where his patients never de-actiaved and the other doctor in the trial had his patients do like I am doing. His conclusion was that de-activation did not help the atrophy issue , but who knows for sure, I am going to keep doing it. My new doctor, former associate did not discourage this.
Post Edited (knotreel) : 8/29/2019 1:55:29 PM (GMT-6)