Hi there, I thought I would write this blog, on how I learnt to cope with Oxygen & Tubing, and to give you tips on how to manage, especially with the Tubing around the home.
Firstly the Health Care Professionals advised me what to do, explained about the oxygen flow, and how I should use the Nasal Cannula or Mask.
Secondly the Oxygen Company came to see me re fitting in the concentrator.
Thirdly the fire Brigade sent one of their men, to make clear to me all the Health and Safety issues
Then I was on my own, which was a bit worrying and frustrating, here are a few tips of how I managed, it is just a case of adjusting your life around the Oxygen & Tubing.
I must say, once I got settled in with the oxygen, it made me feel so much better, giving me that extra boost to pick up my life again, here are a few ideas you might find useful.
In putting on the Nasal Cannula or Mask and tucking it around my ears the weight of the tubing and the ‘Fire Break’ (the pure white circle with arrows, just below the cannula) seemed to pull me down, and it hurt my ears and there was Tubing everywhere.
Should you feel, you need support for your ears, it is possible to get foam ear backs from you oxygen supplier.
I found you have to take care when doing everyday jobs, the Tubing will always be in the way, bending down looking in a drawer or over the sink/washbasin it gets caught everywhere.
I had such a shock when I first went to the bathroom, whether I was standing or sitting, the Tubing was between my legs, so I found if I tucked the Tubing into my pocket/waist band, and then put the rest of the Tubing behind or at the side of me it was much easier.
Same for the kitchen, Tubing into pocket/waistband, works wonders, then I throw the rest of the Tubing behind onto the floor, which allowed me to wonder around, doing whatever I wished, the flexibility was/is Fab.
This is important and helpful, when sitting doing everyday jobs, I would place the tubing across my lap, and tuck it into my jumper by wrapping the bottom of the jumper over the Tubing, this stopped the Tubing slipping off my lap, and pulling on my ears, then I placed the rest on the floor as far away from me as possible, so it wouldn’t be under the chair leg or my foot when I stood up. Hoorah sorted!
SOME ITEMS TO REMEMBER
The white circle with arrows the Fire Break is there for your safety, if there’s a fire in your home, it will stop at the Fire Break
The filter at the back of the concentrator needs changing and washing every week, for clean air.
I have no doubt by now you will have found your way around with the Tubing & Oxygen and are feeling physically and emotionally better, our life’s are back on track!