I wanted to share with you a little about how I organize our treatment area for Christa. It was very important to us that she be able to complete her respiratory treatments in a space that was central to our house so that she would always feel included in whatever was going on, but also have the things that motivated her to spend time there. After all, treatments add up to a pretty good chunk of time. I also felt pretty strongly that it all look nice in the end and didn’t leave my great room feeling like a hospital room or treatment facility.
So this is what I came up with, I’m sure everyone’s space & needs are different, and I’d love to see some other ideas you’ve all had to deal with this massive amount of stuff in creative ways! This is what works for us. I’ll give you a little tour through the photos…
The bottom base is made out of two upcycled closet doors that I refinished. I built compartments like a horizontal bookcase using doubled 2×12′s to make the section walls. I needed spaces customized for each of the individual things that I store underneath. Her vest unit is on the left and is seated on a rolling slide out platform so that it can be a little closer to Christa as she is seated & roll back to store. The center two compartments have extra hidden space in the back where I store nebulized medications that don’t require refrigeration, extra nebulizer kits, tubing, Kleenex, etc. The two cute little totes you see you were just something from Target. The left one holds the clean pieces for the nebulizer kits ready to use. They have been boiled and dried thoroughly in.
I keep them covered with a clean dish towel inside the tote. The right one holds the dirties ready to be washed and sanitized. I do a batch method which I feel saves me the most time, I usually have about 10 reusable kits open at any given time for her. The far right holds a few more supplies in the hidden back and upfront is a beautiful little garbage can for all those Kleenex we go through.
The small totes on the top are her nasal sprays and inhalers. And a box of Kleenex ready to use. The tiered basket on the left house is a good book to read a couple of family games, usually some cards, and her tablet and charger. The top holds her nebulizer and cord neatly. The unit is open in the back so the vest cord can go through the back to plug in.
In front of this set up, just out of view, is a big fluffy fur beanbag chair that she sits on most of the time. She can turn facing the platform under the fireplace if she wants to do written work there or if she turned the other way there is a coffee table directly behind her beanbag chair that she can use for games or writing also. Christa loves being close to the fireplace especially during the early morning treatments. I know not everyone is a fan of placing the TV on top of the fireplace but it seems to work for us and I’ve learned to not mind it there. I can still decorate a little on the edge.
When Christa was younger we used to use a rolling cart system. Basically the same concept but all this stuff was on a wooden cart on wheels and we would move it around from location to location depending on what she was doing at treatment time. As she’s grown older she’s decided this is her favorite spot to be so most of the time she’s stationary here.