Three brilliant boys!

Today, Oliver, Toby and Elliot came Elliot, Toby & Oliverto the lab to do some measurements for one of Vicky’s studies.  The boys had to have stickers put on their chests to measure how hard their breathing muscles were working and then wear a breathing mask for a while.  You can see the machines and the computer that we use to measure the breathing muscles in the background of the photo that the boys (and their mum) kindly agreed to let me take.

The mask they had to wear was the same type of mask that very sick children sometimes have to wear when they are in intensive care and are so poorly that they need help with their breathing.  Some children even have to have a tube put into their windpipe so that they can be given even more help.  The tube or mask is connected to a machine that helps push air into the lungs.  Toby, Elliot and Oliver were helping us to find out what happens to healthy children when they get some help with their breathing so that we can understand the measurements we get from the very sick children that we’ve been doing some research with.  Even though it was a bit boring as they had to sit still for quite a long time and try not to talk or move their arms, they all did really well and got to have chocolate biscuits as a reward.  Thanks very much to the boys and their mum for coming in and helping us out!

We’ve now measured all of the children we needed for this study and so we are hoping to be able to look at all the measurements we got from healthy children who came in to help us, together with the measurements from the sick children on intensive care, and then write about what we found in a special scientific magazine (called a “journal”) so that other people who work in hospitals and universities can see what we found out.  Once we’ve looked at all the numbers and worked out what they mean, I will post again and explain what we found.

Thank you to Robert, Niamh, Kathryn, Caleb, Ellen, JJ, Louise, Miriam, Maddie, Emily, Ruben, Ella, Theo, Abi, Nathan, Jess, Bronte, Molly, Oliver, Toby, Delilah and Elliot, plus all the children on intensive care – and of course their mums and dads too – for helping us with this project.