Well, I've just come back from seeing the respiratory nurse with my mum and she is in bits as they have prescribed her oxygen.
Whilst she is absolutely fine in herself and her breathlessness has subsided quite considerably (she has emphysema and bronchiectasis), when her oxygen levels were checked whilst sitting, they were 94%, but as soon as she started walking, they dropped to 79% - hence the prescription for oxygen.
She was in tears upon hearing that, however, after reading through some threads on here, oxygen therapy is quite common and isn't always long term. My mum is still fighting off a chest infection which the nurse said is probably the cause of the oxygen dropping. She only needs it for walking or going up the stairs and it will be reviewed next week when the nurse comes round to do a blood test.
Can anyone else that is on oxygen let me know how you cope with it (I think my mum thinks this is it and she's on the 'departure platform' as she calls it even though she walks around like me now) and she's ashamed to have to rely on it, however, I am telling her different. The nurse said she may only need it temporarily, but it will be reviewed. I've read a few posts where people have said how it's enhanced their day to day living - if you can give me some positive vibes about it and how you felt when you were first placed on it, I'd be grateful.
Thanks ……. wishing you all well.