My Liquid oxygen arrived today, until now I've only had portable cylinders when out and about which are quite heavy so I spoke to my respiratory nurse about other options such as liquid oxygen. She said why don't you try it and see, well that was only last week and now I've got it at home to try. My first impressions are that it looks smaller and I can refill the cylinder at home when necessary which is good but then it seems I can't have a conserver fitted because I need 6 litres supply and a conserver will only run up to 4 litres. This means I only get just over 2 hours out of a full cylinder where I get about 4/5 hours from the ready filled oxygen cylinders.with a conserver. I've just weighed the liquid oxy cylinder when full and found it is slightly heavier than the old ready filled cylinder so there's no advantage there. The carrier bag for the liquid oxygen only comes with a single shoulder strap so all the weight is on one shoulder and not spread over both shoulders which seems a little strange.
It seems that the liquid oxygen being smaller in size will be better for transporting around on short trips to the shops but won't be any good on some of my long walks as it will run out quicker and is not so comfortable to carry. Its a lot of weight on only one shoulder and it swings about too.
Hopefully they'll let me keep both types, I'll just have to turn on the old charm and cross my fingers.
I think I could have some fun too with the liquid oxygen to as it hisses and steams at times so this could get some funny comments from passers by when they think I'm on fire or about to explode He He,
Anyway I'm just very thank full that portable oxygen exists in any form or life could be very sad indeed stuck at home on the end of a long hose. When I left hospital 3 years ago that was the best I could hope for as they thought my lungs were too badly damaged to ever walk any distance. I love proving them wrong and I think they do too when they see me now.
Tony, Enjoy life everyone as we only get one!!