Life-Hacking Oxygen (Part 4)

Now that I’m back to using oxygen tanks/bottles,  I have to plan things a bit more carefully.

I’m lucky that I don’t have to rely solely on e-tanks (the largest size tank), for short trips to the store, going out with friends, & walking around I can get by with a smaller size tank called a D tank if I choose.

The problem is it’s still a bit heavy to be “backpacked” (like I used to do with my M6 bottles when I first went on oxygen).

Yet, I still found a solution (after searching online) because I hate the sling bags the suppliers provide as a carrier for these tanks.

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Squeaky Wheels Do Get Greased… Eventually

I guess politely laying down the law as I did on Friday must have gotten my oxygen company to move much more quickly.

I received a call this morning.  I was dreading it so I let it go to voicemail because I was just getting moving & needed a minute to take a breath to be calm.

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Raise Your Hand If You Enjoy Being Lied To…

Yeah. That’s what I thought.  Few if any takers on that one.   My snark is back because I was hoping that this rough week would be better.   Well, it is OK for now, because it finally passed but I had some nice drama this morning that I hadn’t anticipated.

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I Can Still Exercise

I had a bit of an annoying run-in recently at my community center. I was checking in & since there were a few people in line, I had moved to the farther counter to do so.  This older person comes right up behind me, with no regard to space, almost knocking over my oxygen machine to check in as I was trying to.   I kind of muttered “personal space much” as I walked away to hang up my coat.  He proceeded to follow closely but I think took a hint for a minute since he was on the other end of the coat rack. I then walked into the equipment room.

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Hey, Aquaman Crystal! Hurry Up & Get Here! It’s Time To End The “Oxygen Racket”

Normally, I might overlook something like this article, but since I found it through HelpHOPELive (who helps manage my transplant fund), I decided to take a look (it came through their Twitter feed).  I’m glad I did, because I know that even though this is not “prime time” yet, it makes me hopeful.   The reason for that is, while I love what oxygen does for me, I loathe it because it is such a “shell game” & pain point both financially & practically. I can’t stand the “politics” & “business” coming in between what people really need when they need it. It’s a true headache & hassle to stay mobile as needs change & usage of this vital life gas increases with advancement of illness.

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Old School/Retro Is Sometimes The Answer

This is the last time I rag on Dr. Thomas Lowder, my exercise study investigator (who uses an old flip phone), for being “old school” or a “throwback”. The words came back to bite me recently. Luckily, he’s a good sport about it.

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