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oxygen and how do people manage to carry it around with them, I have fractures in my spine and am finding it very difficult

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LINDA70

Request a trolley from o2 supplier. Linda

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johnderby

Hi, Angie, I am on Ambulatory Oxygen via a portable oxygen concentrator. I also have Lung Cancer and have lost a lot of body strength, so I use a rollator to help me walk and put my concentrator on the Rollator. It works well for me. Good luck, John

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angie26 in reply to johnderby

hi thanks for your reply sorry to hear of your illness, glad you can get around though

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Tykelady in reply to johnderby

I have a walking aid and do the same.

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PaulineHM

Hi Angie, ooooh yes they are very heavy aren’t they ? They make getting around very tricky. Yes you can request a trolley, from the 02 supplier or maybe use a shopping trolley ?

I use a mother tank and fill small flasks from that, wearing them on my back in a small special back pack. I find that much easier to manage, but then I do t have spinal fractures.

I hope you can work something out.

Be well.

Pauline

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angie26 in reply to PaulineHM

thank you Pauline where did you get the mother back pack and the small flasks

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PaulineHM in reply to angie26

Hi Angie, The mother tank and flasks come from .home oxygen service ( well via their 02 supplier ) The flasks can need quite a bit of strength to fill but using them makes life a lots easier than those heavy bottles. They last me 4 hrs each on 3-4 litres per minute. I have a static concentrator for use in the house.

Here are some photos of the tank and flasks.

If I can help more just do ask.

Pauline

Flasks filled from mother tank.
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PaulineHM

Here is the mother tank and spare static

Mother tank.
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angie26 in reply to PaulineHM

These are the ones I use both very heavy and don’t do my back any good, the cylinders only last an hour! It would be a lot easier if they lasted longer, thank you for your help x

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PaulineHM in reply to angie26

Let me know how you get on Angie.

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angie26 in reply to PaulineHM

will do although my supplier has said I have to go through my respiratory team, I will try to speak with Someone next week x

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PaulineHM in reply to angie26

Yes Angie,I believe that will be so. Home oxygen will have to do a prescription if they agree with your request to change the equipment.

Let me know how you get on.

Pauline

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Saracat23

Hi, I can’t use the DD size ones in the backpack either but there are smaller ones which you might be able to manage in a backpack (you can get a special one for them). I don’t think they do a trolley for the smaller ones, although you could put just one of the backpack straps over one shoulder (I do that and then it doesn’t hurt my spine).

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angie26 in reply to Saracat23

Thank you I have sent a message to Baywater who supply me to see if they have something smaller that may be more suitable for me😀

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Karenanne61

Just to say if you do decide to use a backpack and it's boring, see if you can find a local sewer (power of facebook!) to make you a funky one.

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angie26 in reply to Karenanne61

😃 that’s me I can and do make so much, do you happen to know by of a pattern ? I asked my oxygen supplier about the smaller cylinders and they have answered saying I need to discuss with my respiratory group!

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Karenanne61 in reply to angie26

I don't I'm afraid. Are you on any Sewing Bee forums? The members are a mine of info and someone is bound to know of a pattern.

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angie26 in reply to Karenanne61

thank you

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Samjeff

I hi Angie yes they are heavy I use a tri wheel two handled trolley it gives me stability and carries the cylinder 😀

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angie26 in reply to Samjeff

thank you

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GDanker

there are many different kinds of trolleys. Some hold two or more tanks as well. Here is an example of one. GD

metal frame with wheels for oxygen cylinder.
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angie26 in reply to GDanker

thank you

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Oshgosh

hi,I’m on ambulatory oxygen. I use a concentrator,I really struggled with the weight,due to fractured vertebrae.

I noticed that if I used a trolley in supermarkets it relievedvmy back pain.

I got a rollator,I can transport my oxygen concentrator in it. It’s great .

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angie26 in reply to Oshgosh

Hi thank you you for your reply, I’m very new to oxygen and I’m unsure what you mean when you say concentrator, I thought that was the large machine I have plugged in to my electric at home, what I’m using to go out and whilst on the move around the house is a cylinder and I have a back carrier and a trolley both of which I find are just too heavy for me to move around.

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Oshgosh

I have a small concentrater, Which charges From the electric .

I use for outside whilst mobilising. It fits in my stroller easily. As it’s fairly compact.

it’s heavy for me.i would struggle to carry it with the handle.

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angie26 in reply to Oshgosh

thank you

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angie26 in reply to Oshgosh

may I ask where you got the small concentrator and how long it would last say on 6L please

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Oshgosh in reply to angie26

the county respiratory team supplied it. The 1 I’ve got lasts about 2 hours on 3.,so I guess probably just over an hour. It’s got a car kit so it can be charged in the car.

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angie26

thank you x

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