Friday, November 9, 2012

Microlife Peak Flow

So I found the microlife peak flow online running for 65% off, must be the model/brand is outdated now. I want to start tracking my values and get a baseline that way when I try something new I can see the affect it has on me (or not).

Tonight is the first night I received it, it really was easy to use and set up. It recommends you do a few readings at a time and then it saves the best one between when you turn it on and when you are done and turn it off.

I have NO idea what my normal liters run since I always look at and track % predicated FEV1. I also don't know how this home device compares to the clinic. That being said I'm happy to see a peak flow of 600 and 3.31 liters. Using the CDC calculator for my age/weight/height it said my FEV1% predicated is 3.06 liters which would put me at 108% (3.31/3.06*100).

2 weeks ago my lungs were in very inflamed bad state but I started cayston and did 3 days of 10mg prednisone and then today took 5mg. I have been doing aLOT better and getting stuff up now but I'm still not buying the 108% so we'll have to monitor it for a while and then see how it compares to the clinic.

Looking forward to seeing how the numbers track over time and using the software....yes I am just that geeky.

1 comment:

  1. my microlife runs lower than the values i get at clinic, largely because it throws off my breathing pattern (on the machine in clinic you can do "normal breathing, deep breath, and then blast out, without ever stopping to put the darn machine in your mouth). my doc says almost every patient gets lower readings on the microlife for just that reason, so i'm intrigued by your numbers.

    as a general aside, 3.3 liters is better than donor bob and i blow, for whatever that's worth ;) way to rock it out, lady!


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