Hello, my name is Christine. I use oxygen 24/7 and I’m 44 years old. I didn’t always have to use oxygen. It all began when I was 17 years old. It was a monumental change in my life. Since I was just a teenager at the time, it hit me hard. I’m hoping with this blog that people who also use oxygen can see that life isn’t over just because you need oxygen. I think the hardest part for me was accepting that I’ll never live without it again. Once I jumped over that hurdle, life began to change. For the good.
So with this blog… and for all those who are interested in knowing how I live with oxygen needs, I’ll post what I know in hopes that it will help others. Spouses & families too! I am married and what I’ve gone through since I was 19 years old, he’s gone through too with me.
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This is a sentence that someone had said in a movie preview that I watched and it really stuck with me. You see, we ARE alive….but we don’t have to be perfect, look beautiful, or dress perfectly.
What you do with the time you have now will impact everyone you come in contact with now and possibly in the future. So, if you WANT be beautiful? Strive to be beautiful on the inside because that is what will make you feel alive and it will touch every single person you come in contact with. That way, your beauty and kindness will live on forever in the minds of those you touch. So be beautiful and be alive.
Are you ready for another “Need a Hug?” giveaway??? I’m thinking that you are saying…”Shoot yeah!” Right? Psh! Of course I’m right! Well, let’s get to it. Oh wait… First, let me tell you some stuff that I’ve had to deal with concerning my health. I had a bit of a scare over the last week-ish. With all that was going on with K’s family and with me overdoing it, my heart was letting me know… “Whoa.. what the heck are you doing? Slow down girl!” Naturally, I didn’t listen very well. I mean, I tried to rest when I could but resting wasn’t helping much. The more things I did physically, the more my heart was hurting. Chest pain is a scary thing. I wasn’t sure if it was caused by too much emotional stress or too much physical stress. Was it muscle pain or was it actually my heart hurting? I mean, how do you know?
During all that week, I was carrying my oxygen portable a lot but I also used my little cart to pull it around when I knew I had to do a lot of walking (and there was a lot of walking!). Even lifting and lugging it up to my shoulder wore me out. I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m not what I use to be but that’s ok. I persevered because I surely didn’t want to ask K to help me up from and down to the hospital parking garage just so that I can be with him and his family. I know.. I know… I should have paced myself better and then my breathing wouldn’t (I hope!) have been so strained causing more chest pain. I’m pretty hard-headed!
Anyway, I went to my doctor appointment last Friday and told him all about the chest pain and he decided to run an EKG just to play it safe. I was so thankful that the results turned out well. Yippee! I was super stoked until he said he wanted me to be referred to my Cardiologist. Crap! Another doctor appointment! So, I took a deep breath and hung my head and said….”Okay…” lol! I’m so goofy! I am feeling better now. So, I’m thinking that all this was caused mostly from stress. A couple of days of rest has done me well. Wheww!
And now for the next “Need a Hug?” giveaway!!! Click the “Need a Hug?” link in the menu above to know how to get your name entered. You need to be someone who uses oxygen and/or a bipap/cpap machine. If you have breathing problems and need a hug, enter your name!
This, above photo, is of a lapghan that is approximately 4′x4′. This giveaway is open to international entries as long as you can receive packages at your home. Follow my blog so you won’t miss a thing!Seriously! Do it! *wink*
For those of you who follow me on my Living On O2 for Life Facebook page, you know what has happened over the past two weeks in my life, K’s and K’s family’s lives. K’s father lost his long, hard-fought battle with pancreatic cancer and passed away on February 22, at 6:30am.
Even though his passing was expected, it is something of an experience that I would never wish on anyone. I want to thank everyone who has emailed me or left a comment on Facebook concerning thoughts and prayers for K & his family. They are truly, TRULY appreciated. I am just now starting to get back to where I feel like being the me you know and hopeful love to hear from. Let’s just say that this was a huge emotional learning experience for me. It made me think of or become aware of the “End of Life” situations that I have of yet realized until now.
I write this to you knowing that this whole sad experience is NOT about me. It’s all about K and his family. My older sister was a HUGE help to his family and to K. She came down and cooked up so much food that they didn’t even need to cook at all. She helped K’s mom in so many ways. I feel so blessed for my wonderful family who just basically dropped everything, rearranged their work schedules within moments notice to come down to help or just be here for us.
I just wanted to thank everyone for the thoughtfulness that they’ve shown. *HUGE HUG*
I plan on having another “Need a Hug?” giveaway sometime this month. Sorry I had to skip February. I will get a picture up of the next lapghan/afghan I plan to give away. Be sure to email me at email@example.com if you’d like to enter. You can enter anytime. You do not need to wait until there is an official giveaway posted. Just please take a minute to click on the link above in the menu called “Need a Hug?” to see what to write in your email. If you’ve already entered and haven’t won yet, I still have you entered! I know that Nicole has received her lapghan in the mail that she won in January! That picture was just precious Nicole!!! Thanks for sending it to me! I needed the smile.
I hope you are all well and I know some of you are still experiencing some chilly weather while I’m down here in Texas all toasty at 80 degrees! So, stay warm… Spring is coming!
We all have the kind of days when you feel like the world is crashing down around you. You look for something… anything to pick you up and keep you moving. Many times, for me, it will be a particular song and when it’s playing either on my computer (so that I can have it readily available at times when I feel low) or I hear it on the radio in the car. I also have this particular song on my iPhone. I’ll just pop on my ear bud… I say earbud, singular, because I can only hear in my left ear. I know… it’s totally inconvenient to have one hearing ear, especially when I’m sitting in the movie theater or anywhere, really, and the person I want to talk with is sitting on the wrong side of me. hehe!
Anyway… as I was saying… The link below leads you to a song that gives me a lift when I feel like I’m no longer Wonder Woman, which isn’t often, mind you. hehe! *wink* So, listen to it and pick yourself up, dust yourself off and move on if you’re having a bad day. Stand up and dance along with the beat of this song and I swear (well, not really… I try not to swear!) that you will feel better for listening and dancing along.
Over the last couple of years that I have been blogging about living on oxygen, I’ve noticed many people are asking questions about the Bipap. Many topics come up about the bipap machine, such as:
How to adjust to using them.
How to breathe when you have stuffy nose.
How to qualify to have a bipap.
These are just a few of the questions I’ve tried to cover in my blog. Today I put together another video for your viewing pleasure! This one covers the bits and pieces of a bipap machine and the parts to order from your Durable Medical Equipment company who prescribed the bipap machine for you. You can request these replacement parts every 6 months but be sure you check with your insurance company just to make sure that this is their policy too. Ask if there is a co-pay for ordering these parts.
This video is twice as long as the first video I did a few days ago only because I wanted to explain various parts of the bipap machine itself. But this video, I didn’t film in HD quality. It still looks good though! Yea me! I hope you like it. I’m kinda getting the hang of it and I’m starting to enjoy them.. hehe!
Here’s the video for you. I’m pretty goofy in it but enjoy it anyway!!! http://youtu.be/poPtM5GnXzA It’s about 18 minutes long. Enjoy!!
Hold on to yourself… I’m about to try something very different. This time I’ve done a video. You can see me in my house and all without makeup! OHMYGOSH! I know… I don’t know how I feel about this but I thought… What the heck! Why not just try? I like a good challenge! YEA ME! So, if you don’t mind sitting through an almost 8 minute video, then, you too can see how I look and act while talking with you. I did this without notes! Now, I’m not going to do the videos for every blog post. Good gracious no! But every now and then I might pop up a video just to surprise you and keep you on your toes. haha! Have a great day everyone. *hugs* to you all!
It is so time for another Random Picture Day! What do you all think? I know I’ve been away for a while getting some things done around here but I’m back now. I’m so happy to see you all! *HUGS* This picture was taken at the Gaylord Hotel in Dallas. K and I went with K’s parents to see the ICE! exhibit. And when I say ICE! I mean… brrrrr…. ice! Gracious! They had all these ice sculptures inside within a huge banquet room or rooms. I’m not sure how many rooms it took to hold all these sculptures. There were just so many of them and it was below freezing.
Gaylord Hotel’s ICE! exhibit.
As you can see, the hotel provided a heavy coat to us to wear inside the exhibit. I even bundled up wearing layer upon layer of clothing even though the outside’s temperature was really warm for December 2008. So, I was ready to cool down by the time we got to the hotel. I had NO idea how cold it would feel even though I had that blue coat on. I was shivering so hard that I’m surprised that I was able to get any pictures at all from my camera. In fact, it was so cold (9 degrees!) that my camera battery gave out. Apparently, the cold sucks the life out of the batteries. What was difficult for me was that my liquid oxygen was so cold going into my nose. It made me even more cold with all the frigid oxygen entering my lungs. Normally, room temperature would warm the liquid oxygen enough to give me no problems but it was just too cold for that in the exhibit.
Now you all know how much I LOVE ice cream, right? It’s one of my rewards for getting through dreadful doctor appointments. When I saw this ice cream cone, I just had to have my picture taken near it. Mmmm…. ice cream… *drool*
I hope everyone had a wonderful, wonderful Valentine’s Day. It looks like the weather here is on the rise, hitting the 70s now. YEA! No more sleet and no more ice storms… thank you very much. I know most of you feel that you’ve had enough of it too, right? Bring on the beach weather!