The PR course is finished and the results have been really good - my husband is not so sure but as he was trying to work full time and fit in the PR course (making time up afterwards) I am not sure I could have kept up the course. This time the venue had changed to a new sports centre - I am not sure who designs these places but they surely don't think about people who struggle to walk. There is a lots of disabled parking spaces at the edge of the car park - but the entrance is an enormous expanse of flags completely exposed to the elements on a slight incline - just perfect for COPD sufferers! To add to that the room used inside the building was at the far end - so another trek before you even got to the exercise room!!! As you may remember he had been prescribed oxygen for use during exercise and he has done that - I am extremely proud of him. (AND he started with a mild infection and was using antibiotics in the middle of the course). Having completed the post assessment he has been referred for an arterial blood gas test - though that was last week heard nothing yet! It has been recommended he uses his oxygen when we go out shopping etc.
Last Saturday was our first day with oxygen in tow! (We will need to speak to the provider though I know from your posts that there are better and smaller tank options). My youngest daughter 12 was clearly a bit worried and wanted to know if Daddy would sound like Darth Vader! NO!! Actually to be honest I thought it might bother me - I know that sounds silly but I thought I might be aware of people looking etc. BUT in reality I didn't notice anyone looking - probably because I was so pleased that he seemed to be coping better. My daughter did think people were staring but she is that age when she is very aware of other people. Funniest thing happened though - stood in the café queue (tea is essential when shopping!) and we noticed a chap we knew. Said Hi and continued on our way - he shouted back to my husband - "Whats with the oxygen?" - I answered "So we shop" TO which he replied with no embarrassment "You don't look as though you need it"!!!!! CLASSIC - ah well if he doesn't look as though he needs it, we wont bother using it!!!!
Anyway the point is - it really is not a big thing this oxygen use. It has a stigma - wish it hadn't but it has. The reality of going out with it is much much easier than the thought of it!
Hope you are all staying well and keeping away from the cold bugs! Lots of love TAD xx