For those who need oxygen via a machine living with it sometimes is tough. You need to adapt to a way of life but also not let it hinder your well-being and what you can do.
Oxygen is your life and do not feel you are confined to staying at home as you are connected to a machine.
Oxygen therapy has come a long way but today the smallest and most versatile portable equipment is available. Medical oxygen allows patients the ability to go on holiday, travel, exercise and be on the move 24/7 as you increase your oxygen blood levels that help stop symptoms, breathing difficulties and prevent heart damage.
A few do’s and don’ts
Keep cylinders upright at all times whilst at home
Make sure you have working fire alarms and detectors in your home
Don’t use flammable liquids and keep away from heat such as gas hobs
Don’t let anyone smoke near you whilst you are using your oxygen
Just because you may have a medical condition such as asthma, COPD, Bronchitis doesn’t meant you are more sceptical to the January Blues than others. Its that dark time of year when you can turn the blues into a positive whoever you are:
Exercise helps the body and the mind and if you do this regularly it will increase your health and your energy as well as your well-being
Try something new whether this is starting a new hobby, booking that dream holiday or visiting friends that you haven’t seen in a while.
Eating a well-balanced diet can also help. regular meals throughout the day and also a balanced menu will help you feel better, help digestion and give you the correct nutrients and vitamins your body needs for fuel.
Read more – reading helps to relax, de-stress and also gives you some calmful ‘you time’ to get lost in a good novel and re-focus your thoughts.
Get outside – fresh air, daylight and walking will help you mentally and physically and help to blow away those cobwebs.
Here are the top reasons why medical oxygen helps to fight back if you have asthma. For those who suffer from asthma or similar breathing conditions using medical oxygen can help your symptoms and the lack of oxygen you experience throughout your daily life.
The biggest reason is that using medical oxygen means this gives you more oxygen into your lungs. This is the one thing you do need and the most important. Say yes to more oxygen in your lungs!
It means you can not be isolated and can travel, go outside and even explore the world. Medical oxygen can be supplied so that you can carry this portable device with you! Great news book your next adventure as your oxygen can be supplied to you at your destination – see here!
Lastly it helps regain your well-being and health. Be able to breathe again and maintain a good daily life means you will not only be able to do more but this will help you mentally with feeling happier, healthier and remove all those negative effects when feeling down or that there is no way out.
If you use a cannula make sure you clean it every couple of weeks. You can also use a mask as an option too which should be cleaned or changed after a month.
If your portable oxygen concentrator has an external filter, this may need to be rinsed out each week. Always check with your oxygen company for the exact recommendations as this may differ by model or brand of machine.
Stay warm when you are indoors if in a colder climate – keep your temperature at a good level so you do not feel cold and catch other problems whilst sitting at home.
Try and move if you are not going outside as much as the darker nights draw in. To keep mobile make sure you walk around your house and also try and do chair exercises these are great if you are not very mobile and also mean you can watch your favourite programme at the same time!
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It is natural for your oxygen levels to fall lower when you are sleeping at night. Although some conditions such as sleep apnea may improve with the addition of oxygen whilst you are sleeping. It is very common that people who have an oxygen level that falls lower than 88% whilst sleeping will require some oxygen at night.
Medical oxygen will help improve those low oxygen levels but you can also try exercising regularly and make sure you are not drinking alcohol before bedtime.
Having a better nights’ sleep will improve your mood, decrease fatigueness and overall improve your health.
A better nights’ sleep will maintain an improvement in your life – discuss all your options with your specialist or GP first.
If you suffer with deprived sleeping patterns this can affect your daily life and well-being.
It is important to try and improve your energy and mood so you can live a balanced and happy life.
Keep your medical equipment in safe places and always upright and any spares keep away from heat indoors or behind curtains
Don’t get too hot! Keep any portable oxygen concentrators, medical oxygen tanks away from fires, candles, stoves and heaters that are on during the colder months to avoid explosions.
Going outside? Prepare well as extreme changes in temperature may cause condensation in your tank or cracking on any tubing. Keep what you can under your clothes or a blanket to kept equipment insulated.
There are many medical reasons for why babies may need medical oxygen when going home such as difficulty catching breathe, apnea and many other airway problems that develop after birth.
Your baby may need a certain type of medical oxygen which may be an oxygen concentrator which can be used throughout the day or night and also allow you to travel.
As long as you have back up oxygen you will never run out.
Careful planning will ensure you can always rely on enough oxygen to last you whilst at home or travelling and keeping all of this attached to your pram whilst out of home and also in your baby’s room at night.
If your baby requires medical oxygen to help or aid breathing speak to your doctor’s to seek the best advice, equipment and what to do at home before you return to make it comfortable and safe for what your baby needs.