Posted by Martha L. OK
Comments Posted by Martha L. OK
on Sunday, November 12
Martha L. OK
Hey people! We really are out here you know. I had Polio at age 5 in 1953 and was paralyzed all over at first. I relearned walking and use of my right arm and hand. I have slept in the iron lung almost 54 years now. My grandad made equipment so I can get into and out of it by myself.
In 2000 I had to buy a new one (($9000) and now it looks like I coulda had one free..isn't that life!
The negative pressure ventilation is the reason I'm alive. It is natural like real breathing, and does not force air into your lungs through hoses that can cause lung infections.
I have a pic of me in my lung from '53 if anyone if anyone wants a copy.
Linton State Hospital