When Cliff first came out of surgery, the respiratory therapists stressed to him that he had to work with the incentive spirometer OFTEN. It was painful for him, but he intended to get out of the hospital as quickly as possible, and he worked hard at it.
When he was out of ICU, he still used the contraption diligently. One night nurse, Amee, laughed because she'd hear Cliff in the middle of the night using his spirometer. "Nobody ever uses those things unless there's someone standing over them, forcing them to do it," she said.
Obviously nobody else was as determined as Cliff was to get home!
He's still doing it three or four times a day. And as you can see by the pictures, the granddaughters consider it a new toy.
Don't you love the smiles?