To do the therapy, we have to clap on the sides of Lemon's chest
the front of the chest
and the back of the chest, each for 3 minutes.
We put what we learned into practice first thing Thursday morning. Although babies don't have the very thick secretions that clog the lungs of older CF patients, it's important to start the ACT early so that they (and their parents!) get used to it as part of their daily routine. Lemon certainly seemed surprised when I picked him up and started thumping on his chest, but he quickly settled down. On Saturday morning, he actually fell asleep during the session.
Even though the therapy itself only takes 15 minutes at the moment (it will become longer and more involved as Lemon gets older), it has solidified in my mind the feeling that I've had since Lemon was born that my mornings are not my own anymore. For someone who has been training in the morning for the better part of 15 years, this represents a major adjustment. I'm slowly coming to terms with the fact that I will become one of those insane people who trains on a treadmill at night, at least during the week. It will be sad to give up my morning runs and rides, but there isn't even a question as to what is more important.
In addition to all the CF stuff, we had some fun times this week--Lemon's first world series and his first Halloween (thanks to Lemon's friends Andrew, Sarah, Linn and Dave for the great shirts!).
Papa Bear and I even managed to get a little work done on Sunday morning!