Life is over-whelming sometimes with events all raining down, but taking one bite at a time gets you there, whether it is one doctor appointment, one drawer to clean out, one letter to write- or bills- umm,
well, I will start with my fun day at the Pulmonary doctors getting an ABG, Arterial blood Gas draw, PFT-Pulmonary Function test, and 6 minute walk test up and down a hall way for 6 minutes... what fun, and I had fun testing 4 oximeters while the blood test was done, comparing each one to the medical one at the doctors office.
No, my numbers have remained close to the same, because I have worked hard to exercise, eat right and follow my dr's orders with inhalers that help my particular version of COPD. Well, the ratio of my FEV1/FVC is 50%, so that puts me in the Intermediate chronic obstruction level - not bad, my numbers have changed a little, but mostly what they would because of that dirty word AGE. I was pretty tired here after doing the 6 minute walk fairly briskly, on the right you can see I am still doing PLB (pursed lip breathing). I am backpacking my Caire High Flow tank set on 6 liters continuous flow, saturation was at 98% starting, dropped quickly down to 90%... not a very comfortable level to do much of anything, the legs started to ache and I had to PLB... I normally try to keep my oxygen saturation at or above 95%- then I can do more -longer-and recover more quickly.
All this easy stuff was after the ABG (arterial blood gas) drawing- which is generally the least favorite test. My really super RRT does it easily except on me, my wrist she found was impossible to do- bony - thus she moved farther up the arm to another acceptable spot - in the crook of my arm. That normally doesn't bother me but my artery balked- it clotted, so she had to pull out and do another stab... she is excellent, but my arm had become a wee bit sensitive, so I did feel it more than usual. While she was finding just the right spot I lined up my 4 oximeters to test against the office oximeter- just when the blood 'popped' into the needle. the Office oximeter was at 96% and in one of the photos you may be able to see how mine registered.
Here is the line up of oximeters - the NONIN black medical model the Onyx II, an Oxyview deep blue color with wave form then the NONIN patient model Go2 and closest one is the least expensive Oxyview model.Sats on the office meter was 96% and the other 3 measured in at 96/95/94/97 all within one point of the official one. I have noted that frequently the Go2 often measures 2 pts lower than the others, be sure to check the model you have with your doctors to get an idea if yours may be higher or lower- They all work well just the less expensive ones are very slow to register and may be bothered some when moving. You don't want to have one that is more than 2 pts off. I haven't checked out the Walgreen's oximeter yet- theirs and the Oxyview are about as inexpensive as you can get- Oxyview does have 2 year warranty- I have no connection with them financially, just use their products.