They have never come to my home before and I usually only see them at the hospital. She was checking on how I was getting on with my newly acquired liquid oxygen and also asked if there was anything else they could do to help me be more active.
I told her that there were some advantages with the liquid oxy but there was also some disadvantages. My main problem with the smaller more compact liquid oxygen was it only had a single strap to carry it and as it was slightly heavier than my cylinders, this made it hard to carry for any length of time. Also it has to be kept upright at all times or it would throw a paddy and start howling and smoking like it is about to explode or something. Whats that all about? This stuff is very volatile but great fun if you want to alarm a few people in the pub or at the supermarket.
Of course its main advantage is you can fill it at home as and when, I also find its less bulky than my cylinders with a very easy to adjust oxygen flow switch which I can turn up or down according to what I'm doing at the time.
I told her I wouldn't swap it for my cylinders but if possible I would like both, one for short trips to the shops etc and the other for longer walks and days out.
Her answer was, because I was very active and was using the oxygen to maximize and improve my life I could have both types. In these days of cut backs I was surprised and very happy with this , I now have the best of both worlds and look forward to lower sats and an even more active lifestyle.
A big thanks to my respiratory team and the NHS for this amazing free service as I know it makes my life so much better.