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June 22, 2008 Higher oxygen supplementation for exercise

Posted Jun 22 2008 1:05pm

Photo: 2 liquid oxygen tanks and a compressed gas O2 E tank,3 all combined together with a Y connectorOut of view they go off to a cannula behind the gauge in upper left of picture.Combining tanks (even a concentrator can be added) allows one to receive more oxygen flow, get above the 5L mark when you require 6 liters or more for exercise.

High flow liquid oxygen tanks are available that go up to 15 liters. You must have your doctor's prescription for higher flow during exercise in order for your provider to supply you with one of the following tanks =(Puritan Bennett's 'Companion T', and Caire has a 15 L high flow model too.

If this photo isn't large enough, click the magnifying glass to see the little Y shaped gizmo(center of picture)that combines the 3 tanks. You need short 12" tubes to do this. Click on your back button to resume reading...if you click their button it loses the blog.

I have checked with my doctors and RT's and they Rx me to use as much oxygen as required to keep my O2 saturation level [as I read on my oximeter] up to the mid-90's. My best comfort level is 97-98%. Down around 92% my legs start to hurt...

This is a highly individual thing...what you are prescribed, what is best for YOU!

What I do could be wrong for you.Since I push my oxygen tanks in a stroller for longer walks, I Y combine tanks set on low number flow from each tank, this lessens the chance of freeze up - as happens sometimes on higher flow rates. Using small amounts from each tank -- none evaporates or goes to waste. For 4 or more hours I set each on #4. Walking fast I need at least 12 liters when up in HIGH ALTITUDE a mile high or above. Once last year...at 10,880 ft, I used 20 liters for about 20 minutes. My O2 sats were dropping so I titrated my oxygen -- as Dr. THOMAS L. PETTY says, "TITRATE AS YOU MIGRATE".

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Catching your breath

ByRachel Ehrenberg

June 20th, 2008The amounts of certain molecules in exhaled breath could be markers for disease.BREATH AS EVIDENCEA person���s breath is more than 99 percent water ��� and then a cocktail of many other molecules. Scientists are working to understand how the amounts of various molecules can serve as markers for some diseases, such as lung cancer. Photo: Rosen Dukov, Design: J. Korenblat

Scientists would like to take your breath away. Literally.

Exhaled vapor holds clues to your health, revealing much more than just what you ate for lunch. In recent years, researchers have been scrutinizing the misty mixture of molecules with fervor, seeking evidence of conditions ranging from sleep apnea to cancer.

Breath can also reveal exposure to pollutants such as benzene and chloroform, providing a measure of internal dose that is missed by sampling polluted air.

���The lung is a soggy mess of tubes���http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/33377/title/Catching_your_breath_

roxlyngcd@comcast.netNote, not much moving for me for a week, a skin infection and use of antibiotics. They seem to slow me down to the speed of a bump on a log. I hope it clears by the 28th when I will start and hope to complete 13.1 miles walking-mostly down hill. The Rx should be used up a couple of days before, not much time to get back lost fitness/endurance will probably be compromised. I plan to TRY anyway. My husband follows in auto, he can scoop me off the road if I get tired. KEEP MOVING.

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