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Does anyone have the “wing” spriometer that is over on the blog?

I was back and forth with them a few times yesterday getting specifics on it and was just wondering if anyone had it or had used it?

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  • Jen

    Are you thinking of getting one?  Is this something your doctor recommended?

  • Pljohns

    I am thinking about it-my asthma is so wild that any and all info I can get to my docs is a plus.  My current digital peak flow also registers FEV1 and I do 3 consecutive blows and take the average of all 3 for my day. In that respect, it is already like a spirometer.  I can put all of that into an app and then get the reports to the doc.  The only main difference in what I have now and the wing is that it would feed directly into the app and save me the time of having to manually enter it.  Getting the reports out would be easier as well-I don't have a wireless printer and I can't e-mail reports out of the current app I use-my one major dislike of it-I have to show them to my doc on my phone.  My digital peak flow was WAY more expensive than the wing and I've had to replace it twice in 5 years-dropped it on the tile floor and the piece that measures your air flow broke, so it's been a headache and an expense that the wing doesn't have.

  • K8sMom2002

    Those sound like excellent pros for the Wing, PLJohns … any cons that you can see?

    I like anything that will automate tasks that have to be done every day. 

  • Pljohns

    None that I can see-it gets rid of batteries dying, having to replace an expensive piece of equipment if I drop it and then I could use the peak flow meter I have as a back up and I have to take my iphone with me every morning to record the readings anyway-why not connect it directly to the phone and let it to it itself?

  • Pljohns

    Well…just ordered it…I'll let you guys know how it is and how it compares up with my current digital peak flow meter.  I should have it in a week or so.

  • K8sMom2002

    Oooh, that is so exciting, PLJohns! I went back and read over the original , and it seems like such a neat product. I'm looking forward to hearing your take on it!

  • Pljohns

    I can hardly wait to get it and start using it-there are several pro's verses what I"m using now-now I have to average the 3 blows myself and apparently this thing does it for you and shows you on the traffic light where you are.  That's what I don't do now-I know my break points, but I don't average the blows daily so I tend to not do meds when I should.

  • K8sMom2002

    PLJohns, when is it supposed to arrive? I'm so hopeful that this will give you and your doctor more information that can help you better control your asthma!

  • Pljohns

    It should ship tomorrow so hopefully will have ti before the end of the week.  I'll let you guys know how it works and my take on it.

  • Kathy P

    Same here. I've been looking at them for a while. Just not sure if it would be useful for me.

  • Pljohns

    Mine shipped yesterday and will be delivered tomorrow.  I'll add to the thread and let everyone know how it is and if I like it and more important, if it does what I need it to do.

  • Pljohns

    It came in Sat and short and sweet I LOVE IT.  Connected right up to my iPhone with the downloaded app, setup is easy and more important, it seems right on the numbers with my old peak flow meter.  You can enter your personal best if you know it or over time, it will calculate it for you.  I don't think a flare was a good time to start with it but oh well-it is true spirometers-blow as hard and as long as you can 3 times-it averages those three, takes into account if you have logged any symptoms and tells you what zone you are in. That's the good part for me-if my numbers are OK, I tend to ignore everything else.  This will give me a true picture of how I'm really doing.  I plan to take it Wed to pulmo and show him.  You can send yourself or anyone else for that matter reports that will show what's going on, how many days etc.  The only down side is it plugs into the ear bud socket on the iPhones BUT the next iPhones won't have ear bud sockets.  I"m sure they are working on a blue tooth adaptor for this but I want to reach out and make sure.  My phone is due to be upgraded shortly. 

  • K8sMom2002

    Oh, WOW, PLJohns! This is great! 

    And you COULD be like me and hang on to favored near obsolete mobile phones.

    I think I read somewhere that Apple will be providing an adapter to use regular ear buds with the lightning connector. That might work. And I'll bet Wing is working on a solution … on the data and let us know what your pulmonologist thinks!

  • Pljohns

    I absolutely will and I am like you, as long as what I have is working, I won't upgrade-phones, computers, you name it-I keep it until it croaks.

  • Payton's Mom

    I wonder if they have one for the android yet or not. I will have to look into it. Has it helped predict a flare up yet or has it been too soon to tell yet? 

  • Pljohns

    I was in a pretty bad flare when I got it so I'm anxious to see how it handles coming out of one so I will know what to start looking for to keep one from getting started or at least not being this bad.

  • Pljohns

    Well-I will have to say that after using this for 4 days, I LOVE it.  It is so much more like the doctors office spirometer than just a regular peak flow meter.  It prompts you to keep blowing (just like they do) and you can see the bell graphs and everything.  I am totally in love with this thing and so glad I got it.  

  • K8sMom2002

    Payton's Mom, that's a bummer that the Wing is not ready for Android yet — have you reached out to the company to see when they plan to expand? 

    PLJohns, that's terrific feedback on the device — it sounds like you're getting a lot more data that will help you figure out patterns. 

  • Pljohns

    Update time-I started having connectivity issues yesterday-the thing kept saying no wing connected so I reached out to the developers and they are super responsive.  I got e-mail back that because of some of apples' manufacturing stuff, they have seen some issues with some iphone 6/6+ BUT they have an adaptor that fixes it and they are sending it to me free.  

    So far the readings and info that I'm getting out of the wing are so much better and more informative than just my peak flow meter.  I am seriously glad I bought this thing!

  • Jen

    Sounds like some good customer service.  I hope the adaptor fixes the issues.

  • Pljohns

    Well-I'm trying to keep you guys updated on this thing….the first adapter the sent me got lost in the mail.  The envelope and instructions arrived but it must have slipped out so they are sending me another one.  Until I get it, I've quit using the wing-right now it's very frustrating to blow your hardest and then have the thing say there was a problem with the test and you have to start all over again.  By the time I get 3 good consecutive blows in that it likes, that 6-7 or more blows in and the numbers have tanked and I'm having problems even breathing.  When it works, it's great, but right now, I'm waiting on the adapter to see if that fixes the issues and makes it usable at all.  Until then, I've gone back to my digital peak flow meter.

  • Jen

    Thanks for the update.  Frustrating on the adapter.  Hope it arrives soon.

  • K8sMom2002

    PLJohns, did you get the new adaptor? I hope it addressed the issue! No fun having to exhaust yourself for no reason!

  • Pljohns

    The first one got lost in the mail but the second one came Monday.  I've used it since then with no repeat of the error's or problems I was having.  So far, so good!

  • Kathy P

    Glad the replacement got there. It's probably too soon to tell, but it is providing any new insight? Sometimes data is just data unless you can analyze it. I have a new fitness tracker with heart rate tracking. I think I'm seeing that my resting HR stays elevated when my asthma is flared. But I'm not sure if I can definitely make that correction. I'm planning on showing the graphs to the doc next time I see him to get his take on things. 

  • Pljohns

    So far so good-not one single problem with the new adapter.  I did notice a down turn with the weather change last week-numbers definitely went down and I'm finding that if I answer the question honestly about any symptoms, it tells me when to add meds even if my number were good.  Now all I have to do is make myself DO IT.

  • Kathy P

    That sounds really helpful. Interesting about needing to be honest about symptom questions. I can see where that could be a challenge though. I know I always have some little bit of denial when assessing my symptoms.

  • K8sMom2002

    PLJohns, yahoo for a device that helps you stay on target and do what you need to do! I've had to tell myself that if I fib about symptoms — even to myself — then I'm hurting myself and not helping myself. If I want to be better, I need to be honest, just like it sounds like you are being. Thanks for being such a great role model!

  • Pljohns

    I am trying to be honest but I tend to be the worst at telling myself it's OK-my numbers may be down but I feel good or I feel awful but numbers are good.  I always tend to not take both into account.  With the wing, it is making me take both into consideration.  So far the adaptor has taken care of the issues I was having.

  • K8sMom2002

    Woohoo! So glad the adaptor is working and the Wing is keeping you on the straight and narrow. 

    You know, I find it's much harder to argue with a machine or device than it is with a person. I found that out when DD was little … I could nag all day and she wouldn't get ready on time, and we'd both be miserable. But then I read a tip about setting a timer — either for how long she got to do fun stuff (watch TV or play before we had to get ready for a trip into town) or for how long she had to get something done that she didn't particularly want to do. Once I started setting a timer, it was like magic.

    So,  … I started using it on my DH. And it worked — amazingly he never got mad and yelled at the timer.

    I figured out that it works for me, too, because it is impersonal and non-judgmental. I expect that's how it is with the Wing?

  • Pljohns

    Well, I've let Sparo Labs know that I will be returning the wing when i get back from vacation. I've had it a week and it's worked flawlessly-until now.  Thankfully I brought my peak flow meter too.  It is just too unreliable to be used when needing your numbers daily is so important.  The error message this time won't even let the app open so I have a feeling that all of my numbers are gone now too.  Thankfully I've had this happen in the past in a different app so now I keep numbers in 2 apps so I don't lose all of the data if the app crashes.  This thing is a good concept and when it works, it's great but I've only been able to use it 2 weeks of the 5 I've had it-and that just doesn't work.

  • Kathy P

    Wow, that's really disappointing. I'm glad you used your PFM as a backup and kept a separate copy of the numbers.

  • K8sMom2002

    Well, snap. I had such great hopes. Maybe they will fix things based on your feedback and give you a new and improved version … 

  • Pljohns

    I really wanted to like having this too but it's just not reliable enough when numbers count.  Maybe they will work on it and improve it some but right now, I don't trust it or depend on it.

  • Pljohns

    The company did reply that the error message I got was normally when the internet wasn't accessible.  I really wanted to tell them that my asthma didn't wait for the internet.  I really thought their app and the wing functioned as a lot of apps do-no internet required-but this is not the case.  It just isn't worth trying to deal with internet access just to be able to monitor asthma so it's going back and I'll go back to my digital meter.  The company has been great and they respond to e-mails quickly but it's just not a reliable, usable device for me.  They still need to work on it some more.

  • Jen

    Thanks for your input on this, Lynn.  All good information. Hopefully the company will work to make it more functional.