Does anyone else have this problem. When an oxygen cylinder is empty and the tubing has to be removed from the cylinders nozzle, my husband who has end stage COPD/Bronchiectasis finds it totally impossible to pull the tubing off the nozzle to change it to a full one due to a weakness in his hands so I have to do it.
How do people with arthritis and other joint complaints who live on their own manage to get a grip on the darned thing to pull it off. I have good strong hands and even I find it a tussle.
These oxygen cylinder are the most old-fashioned pieces of equipment I can imagine. Surely there must be a better way for people who are breathing compromised to be given oxygen instead of having to carry a big lump off iron around with them all day.
My husband cannot use the nasal tubing due to a nose blockage so has to rely on a mask, so when we go out he has to take two 400 cylinders with him as they run out so quickly and as you know you cannot use a conserver with a mask.
He is starting pulmonary re- hab this week and we are having to take the two 400 cylinders with us. I am over 70 years old and am having to carry them as he has not the strength to even carry one, never mind two and what with carrying my handbag and his bottled water I am totally cream crackered, and this is twice a week. I am waiting for delivery of a shopping trolley to put them in.