For those of you that have never seen Nicholas’ vest. This is what it looks like. It is sort of like a life vest with adjustable shoudlers and straps across the chest to adjust as he grows. The hoses (his are a manilla color) are connected to a compressor that, when it is turned on, fills the vest with air. Then he has a button that he sits on that tells the comprssor he is ready. When he sits on the button, the compressor lets the air out of the vest and refills it at a fast rate, causing it to vibrate. You can adjust the speed so that it can go slower or faster. This helps to break up the mucous in his lungs so we don’t have to beat on him. While he is in the hospital, he doesn’t use the vest. They do manual chest pt on him using their hands.
Nicholas also has breathing treatments, but he doesn’t use the mask anymore. He uses a mouthpiece.