Feb 09, 2009 Long Term Oxygen Therapy PROLONGS SURVIVAL.
Posted Feb 10 2009 10:07am
Good morning everyone, my stair climbing was better yesterday, I was feeling good and the inhalers did their jobs. Sunday did you do a few stretches? I throw in some arm motions whenever I sit down, and if in a supportive chair you can do kicking and leg lifts too. Arms can do ladder climbing and feet can flutter kick, or more difficult, pull your knees Upwards Towards your chest. I have to brace with my arms for that one. Today I will exercise indoors the wind is gusting most fiercely. Anything beyond sitting still is exertion and you may need an increase in supplemental oxygen to maintain your oxygen saturation - my comfort level - doctor approved - is above 95%. The harder or faster the exertion, the more oxygen I need. The photo of myself, husband Lou, and Mike Mcbride-before his TTO transtracheal oxygen system, here on the cannula. I have a tto tube in the neck, it doesn' t show. We both have been enabled by supplemental oxygen to rehab to extreme levels...not because we have to, we like to walk half marathons, Mike even does Full marathon' s all 26.2 miles. Our stair climb event will be the first time he has done an event since getting tto ( www.tto2.com ). We show what is possible, barring other limiting physical factors, now you do what you can to just increase your ability a bit, try for a half hour of moving every day-or - 5 per week.
Long-term oxygen therapy is one of the few treatments with clear benefitsfor hypoxemic patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It prolongs survival, reduces the frequency of hospitalization and development of pulmonary hypertension, and improves exercise performance and quality of life (1���3). Although benefits are less pronounced, supplemental oxygen has been shown to reduce ventilation, dynamic hyperinflation, and dyspnea during exercise in normoxemic patients with COPD and in those with mild hypoxemia and COPDhttp://ajrccm.atsjournals.org/cgi/content/full/173/10/1122
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