Christmas check list

xmasChristmas is a time for friends, family and a lot of preparing gifts, journeys, cards to send but most of all do not get too stressed and rushed and forget to look after yourself or your family’s health over the festive period.
Plan ahead:

  • Order any repeat prescriptions you may need especially if you are going away for the festive season.
 

  1. Check that you have enough oxygen supply for the Christmas period.
  2. If you are going away make sure you make arrangements for any oxygen that you need.
  3. Also look out for lonely, vulnerable neighbours and friends during the winter period, that may need your help or even conversation.
  4. Stay warm during the festive time – make sure you pre-programme your heating for when you are going to be in and set your thermostat to a suitable temperature.
  5. If you are ordering a supply of oxygen make sure you have registered with OxygenWorldwide so any concerns whilst away can be dealt with 24/7
  6. Have a lovely Christmas!!!!

LEIMYOSARCOMA-SMOOTH MUSCLE CANCER

Sarcomas are rare types of cancer which develop in the connectives tissues of the body and either form in soft tissue; such as muscle or blood vessels, or in bone or its surrounding tissue.
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Leiomyosarcomas are one of the more common types of sarcoma and develop in smooth muscle tissues, which are involuntary muscles that we have no control over. These are found in the walls of muscular organs like the heart and stomach, as well as in the walls of blood vessels throughout the body. This means that leiomyosarcomas can start anywhere in the body and common places are the walls of the womb (uterus), the trunk of the body, and the arms and legs.
The exact causes of leiomyosarcomas are unknown but most people with leiomyosarcoma are over the age of 50.
It is thought that exposure to some chemicals like vinyl chloride, which is used in making plastics or herbicides can increase the risk of developing soft tissue sarcomas. It also seems to develop in areas that have previously been treated by radiotherapy, however usually a decade after exposure.
Symptoms may include:

  • a lump or swelling
  • abdominal discomfort or bloating
  • swelling or pain in any area of the body
  • vaginal bleeding or abnormalities in periods.

These symptoms are very vague and therefore sarcomas can be difficult to diagnose until scans are performed.
As sarcomas are rare, they are usually treated at a specialist hospital. This means that you may have to travel some distance to have your treatment.
The treatment for leiomyosarcoma| depends on a number of things, including your general health and the size and position of the tumour in the body. The results of your tests will help your doctor plan the best type of treatment for you. They will then discuss this with you.
The usual treatment is surgery to remove the tumour which is then followed by radiotherapy to reduce the chance of it coming back. Chemotherapy is also used but mainly for recurrence or if the tumour has spread.
Unfortunately about 50% of sarcoma patients will have a recurrence. Some of these will be localized and reoccur in the same site as previously found but many will involve metastasis where secondary tumours will develop in sites quite far away from the original site. The most usual site for metastasis is the lungs although the liver and, more rarely, bones or the lymph system, can be affected.
With single or multiple tumours growing in the lungs it can make breathing difficult and sometimes painful and if surgery is not an option to alleviate this then many patients will need supplemental oxygen to aid with breathing. In many cases chemotherapy can reduce or treat these recurrences but in some the tumours are not responsive or are growing too fast and supplemental oxygen will help improve quality of life for the patient.
As these types of cancer are rarer and still unknown there needs to be more awareness and fund-raising for research into why they occur and how to treat them.
 
References: www.macmillan.org.uk and www.sarcoma.org.uk
 

Traveling with oxygen – you are in good hands

Needing medical oxygen in your life is not the end of getting around, travel, seeing the world or having fantastic vacations to the city breaks in Europe, long haul to live the dream (for 2 weeks at least) in the U. S of A. Wherever you decide to fly to and visit all you need is careful planning and Oxygen Worldwide.
Travelling as an oxygen user dependent on a source of oxygen, means that you will probably have lots of questions when thinking about going abroad – or you may never thought you could. Luckily, Oxygen Worldwide can help, advise and guide you to all those answers when it comes to travelling with oxygen, who deal with organising travel with oxygen 365 days of the year.
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But who are we?
Below is a short introduction to our company, the team and what we do and our speciality is due to our knowledge, success and partnership relationships with a network of suppliers across the globe.

  • Oxygen Worldwide is a company under Dutch management established in 1993.
  • Oxygen Worldwide is based in Spain and operates internationally.
  • Our objective is to make travel for those who need oxygen as carefree as possible.
  • All Oxygen Worldwide employees are multilingual. Our customer service staff speaks four languages.
  • Oxygen Worldwide arranges oxygen delivery worldwide for oxygen users on holiday or staying abroad for a longer period of time, also in case of a tour through several countries.
  • Oxygen Worldwide arranges oxygen for individual users, insurance agencies, emergency centres and oxygen suppliers in your home country. Oxygen Worldwide delivers liquid oxygen (LOX), cylinders and concentrators.
  • Oxygen Worldwide has an international network of oxygen suppliers and works with associates worldwide.

If you have any question or would like to speak with us do not hesitate to contact our team at info@oxygenworldwide.com

What we do at OxygenWorldwide

OxygenWorldwide (What We Do) OxygenWorldwide is a company under Dutch management established in 1993.
OxygenWorldwide is based in Spain and operates internationally.
Our objective is to make travel for those who need oxygen as carefree as possible.
All OxygenWorldwide employees are multilingual. Our customer service staff speaks five languages.
OxygenWorldwide arranges oxygen delivery worldwide for oxygen users on holiday or staying abroad for a longer period of time, also in case of a tour through several countries.
OxygenWorldwide arranges oxygen at airports until the moment you board the plane and from the moment you deplane*.
OxygenWorldwide arranges oxygen at home after hospital discharge.
OxygenWorldwide arranges oxygen for individual users, insurance agencies, emergency centres and oxygen suppliers in your home country.
OxygenWorldwide delivers liquid oxygen (LOX), cylinders and (portable) concentrators.
OxygenWorldwide has an international network of oxygen suppliers and works with associates worldwide.
OxygenWorldwide can assist you in English, Spanish, German, French and Dutch.
* Available in certain countries only.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us

This is definitely a device which will make your life easier.

The Inogen One G2 is a portable oxygen concentrator that provides up to 5 litres per minute on-demand oxygen. This is possible because of its up to 8 hours of battery life (with double battery installed & on setting 1).
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It restores your freedom. You are able to use it in a car and on most airlines. So take it away for a weekend trip or long journey you’d never thought you would be able to make. You only go home when you want, not because you’re running out of oxygen.
It’s sound level is as a normal conversation (based on setting 2) and is lower than 37 dbA. It sits discreetly at your feet, next to your bed or behind a chair. It is also light enough (3.2 Kg.) to carry over your shoulder. Day or night, all your oxygen needs can be met with this Portable Oxygen Concentrator. Furthermore is it very easy to operate with just a couple of buttons.
This is definitely a device which will make your life easier.
More Details

Price shown for Inogen One G2-Single Battery
Inogen One G2-Double Battery- € 4,100
Extras:
12 Cell Battery – € 550
24 Cell Battery – € 880
Ltr. per minute
Weight
Battery life
Ventilator use
Recharge time
< 6 Ltr. p/m – PULSE
3.2 kg
8 hrs. battery life with battery on setting 1
No
approx. 3-6 hrs., depending on battery size

Playing with fire and oxygen

There are so many articles saying do not smoke when using medical oxygen and the below article shows exactly why experts advise you not to smoke:

Woman left fighting for life after sparking huge explosion by lighting a cigarette while wearing an oxygen mask

  • The 47-year-old was lighting up at home at 7.30am in the morning
  • The flame set light to oxygen coming from her medical mask
  • She is in intensive care with facial burns after being taken to hospital

The unnamed woman tried to light her cigarette too close to her medical oxygen apparatusA woman is fighting for her life after she lit a cigarette while wearing an oxygen mask, sparking an explosion.
The incident happened as the unnamed 47-year-old attempted to light up at her home in Heywood, Manchester just after 7.30am on Friday morning.
As she brought the light to her cigarette it set fire to the oxygen emitting from the nearby medical equipment, causing the gas to explode in her face.
The blast left her with severe burns and started a fire in a first-floor bedroom of the terraced house in Cartridge Street, Greater Manchester.
Emergency services were called to the scene but the fire was out by the time they arrived.
The woman received treatment in the house and was taken to Fairfield Hospital in Bury. Doctors then opted to put the woman into an induced coma.
She remained in intensive care for treatment last night. Shocked neighbours woke to find several fire engines and police cars in their street following the accident.
Frances Tennant, 85, who lives opposite her, said: ‘I do see her and her husband. They seem friendly. It’s a bit of a shock that this has happened and I hope she’s OK.
‘I could see police cars on the corner and plenty of activity with the fire service and I wondered what was going on.’
Another neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said: ‘They seem like a nice family. My boyfriend knows them better than me but we often say hello.
‘The fire engines woke me up this morning just before eight o’clock and I wondered what had happened.’
The family of the woman, who has not been named, declined to comment.
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article By AARON SHARP
PUBLISHED: 14:35, 7 December 2013
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2519834/Woman-left-fighting-life-sparking-huge-explosion-lighting-cigarette-wearing-oxygen-mask.html#ixzz2r5AmoP3e