1-28-2012 Manufacturer's TRY to please, sometimes it is impossible without the patient's help.
Posted Jan 28 2012 7:08pm
Complaints about the weight of oxygen portables - For a patient to overcome this problem they need to take responsibility to TRY to get stronger so they can do it without help or discomfort. It does take a long time of gradual strength building - it took me around 4 years before I could carry a 10-12 lb portable oxygen tank in a backpack...it still isn't comfy, BUT, I CAN do it now at age 73.
When one has the need for higher flows of oxygen the portables are larger, heavier, not exactly lovely to look at...some of them are clunky.
One must go with what one has, and your personal muscle strength can make a difference in getting out and about or feeling trapped because of lack of strength and because it is easier to do that than tackle the problem and exercise, then too, you have to get over embarrassment of how something looks, really folks seeing an oxygen patient out and moving are impressed and you motivate them to keep moving too. If you don't like the suppliers cart, check out travel carts, or rolling book bags, and then for really inexpensive go to Goodwill stores for many different models
" People can do more than they think they can,"
barring underlying heart or bone problems, says Mark D. Peterson, an exercise physiologist with the University of Michigan and the study's lead author. Peterson adds that the earlier people start strength training, the better. They should gradually increase the intensity and number of workouts to optimize improvement in muscle and strength. "The rewards are tremendous - much better mobility and quality of life as you get older," he says.
Photo of Mike McBride crossing the finish line of the Boston Marathon towing his oxygen- with severe copd and needing 10 liters of oxygen - I don't think I could do that, but maybe I really mean - I wouldn't try it... wimp out because it is a couple of thousand miles away, and I might not qualify anyway... yup even I give excuses.
here is an Excellent website of information about Liquid oxygen portables by Caire/Chart industries.
I have used almost all of their tanks - on this link you can click on a picture of the one you are interested and learn about it to see if it might fulfill your needs and requirements. http://www.cairemedical.com/Products.aspx
Most important, use an oximeter to be sure your oxygen saturation level is at a normal level (sea level normal is 98%)
see the blue bar at top, find "COMPANY" click on it and it gives a drop down page and at the bottom of that it says BLOG. on that page you will find the Archives of past newsletters- some good reading you can learn so much on your own.
For lots more patient information articles go to http://www.oxyview.com/Home.aspx Oxy-view's website. see the red block on the left that says article of the month... coming soon will be "Diffusion Confusion", meanwhile check out the archived topics.
These suppliers and manufactures try to help us learn- all you have to do is click and read.
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