I had a meeting today with my respiratory nurse about trying liquid oxygen. She was terrific and started off on the right track by first telling me that she had stayed on especially to see that good looking patient, yes me Ha Ha. Well she gave me the usual 6 minute walk test, 475 metres on 6 litres of oxygen, sats dropped to 86. This was the best distance I had done in their narrow and short corridor zooming up and down avoiding people and obstacles like I was in a computer game.
She then sat me down and suggested that I try the liquid oxygen alongside my portable cylinders. This was what I was hoping for so I could 'Go Compare' like that annoying advert say's.
Next she noticed that I had only done a basic blow test on my last consultants meeting 3 weeks previous so she went through to the respiratory technicians and talked them into squeezing me in for a full spirometry there and then. I'm not quite sure how she managed this as I had just spoke to the technician in the waiting room who happens to be Scottish and I gave him a bit of stick over last nights football results.
I suppose he got his revenge watching me change all colours as he shouted at me to blow and keep blowing until you turn purple and just as your about to pass out he ask's for just a little more.
Those full spirometrys are a kind of torture with all their blowing and sucking with a little holding your breathe thrown in for good measure.The nurse didn't end there though she brought my consultants meeting forward by 3 months and also fought off pressure from the wards to leave me and deal with something else.
All in all she was brilliant and I came away from the hospital feeling pretty good with how things had gone. To top it all the car park barrier was up and nobody had to pay. What a day