Leo Eppink is an enthusiastic patient educator from the northeast of the Netherlands, who has been committed to helping fellow laryngectomised people for many years. His ambition is to help these people achieve the highest possible quality of life.
Disclaimer: This testimonial relates to how one individual has experienced the use of Provox Life™ products and not every person will get the same results. Atos Medical AB does not suggest, imply or make any claims other than those detailed in the product manual.
HME use 24 hours a day
The benefits to your lung health from wearing an HME 24 hours a day as opposed to not having a routine are substantial. Leo can attest to this. Ever since he underwent a laryngectomy 10 years ago, Leo chose to wear an HME 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Leo explains: “If your stoma is open then it is exposed to dust, dirt, pollution, etc. But when you wear an HME your stoma and lungs are better protected. And I experienced less mucus from wearing it continuously.”
Wearing an HME at night
In the beginning, Leo did not use a particular HME at night. Once he started using the Provox Luna HME, he observed its breathing resistance to be difficult at first but then found it to be very comfortable. With the arrival of Provox Life™, Leo made the switch from Provox Luna to Provox Life™ Night HME. He found this transition to be easy because the products are similar to him. The Provox Life™ Night Adhesive was also a contributing factor to Leo’s smooth transition. Provox Life™ Night Adhesive is a hydrogel adhesive that helps the skin recover as you sleep.
What does Leo’s routine look like?
In the morning, Leo removes his HME and the Night Adhesive. He then cleans the skin around his stoma and attaches a new adhesive and HME. These remain in place securely during the day. In the evening, before going to bed, Leo removes the HME and adhesive with Provox Adhesive remover, cleans the skin well, and attaches the Provox Life™ Night adhesive and Provox Life™ Night HME.
On the occasions that Leo exercises in the morning, he leaves Provox Life™ Night Adhesive on a little longer and attaches Provox Life™ Energy HME. After exercising, he removes Energy HME and Night Adhesive and switches to his 'daytime equipment'.
Getting into a routine of wearing an HME 24 hours a day can seem daunting but as Leo suggests, it can take some effort but he thinks it’s worth the reward: “It can be challenging to get into a routine and as you adjust to wearing an HME 24 hours a day you may feel outside your comfort zone. But if you can, it helps to be active. Adjusting to a routine of wearing an HME 24 hours a day can help improve your quality of life."
Did you know? Provox Life™ Night Adhesive is compatible with all Provox Life™ HMEs! This way you can wear your favourite adhesive in any situation.
An improved quality of life.
Improving quality of life is paramount for Leo, as a patient educator, he wants to help fellow laryngectomised people achieve this. “Using a good HME helps in this regard,” Leo says and his motto is, "A good night means a good day."
Leo achieves that good night through a good rhythm with a fixed routine. That is what he wants to pass on to as many people as possible.