June 03, 2009 The best made plans...More respiratory help links
Posted Jun 03 2009 10:55am
folks, I had plans for the day and they were foiled! See my oxygen reservoirs above? We Y connect them - combine flow from each one so none sits and evaporates like it would if one was used up first, then the next one. My oxygen delivery by Apria was today. OH, wouldn' t you know it on this day when I needed it done right, the guy didn' t fill the reservoirs up to pressure. My husband politely asked him to check his gauge afterward to see how much flow would come from setting #6. ummm, only 3.5 to 4L. The poor guy was genuinely horrified. Lou told him not to worry, because we know how to deal with it...[wait hours up to 24 for the reservoir to settle to the proper 20 lbs pressure instead of the 10 lbs exhibeted this morning... Just in case we always fill up a tank or two before filling], Lou did impress upon him that many other patients would not understand about the pressure being off. The driver was ' enlightened' in a non-confrontational manner, and so Lou thinks it will be a well learned lesson for this newer delivery driver.
How does that wreck my plans? It means that any liquid oxygen portable I choose to fill> will not deliver me the proper amount for the setting number, thus any testing I might do would have inaccurate results. Some days if you feel you aren' t doing well, and it is just after a reservoir refill, do take the time to test the delivery amount per setting, you can do this right at the reservoir. If it is off there, you know it will be off on a portable too...you can compensate by using a higher flow until the reservoir is delivering accurately.
I must thank many websites for being "out there". All have contributed to my COPD education and developing my attitude of "I think I can, I think I can"...which has become "I know I can" , if I just keep trying. Do yourself a favor and choose to TRY...reward will follow.