Finding something to do with your fireplace when you feel uncomfortable about using it because you use oxygen is tricky but K managed to do just that. First, we had to …ok ok.. HE had to clean it out. The cobwebs were something I wasn’t going to get close to. (and he’s even afraid of spiders!) He’s so brave! At first, for a Christmas present to each other, we were going to get an electrical fireplace insert. However, we could never decide which one to buy and frankly, we just didn’t know what we were doing. So, K had an awesome idea. I mean totally awesome. Well, it’s awesome to me.
First, came the cleaning out part… like I said just a few seconds ago. Then we shopped on Amazon.com (who doesn’t love that website??) and found the perfect thing to put INSIDE the fireplace!
I had to get creative because when we got the candelabra, we didn’t realize it was intended for real candles. So it had a spike where the candles go. I brainstormed about how to be able to use faux candles (which we bought at Big Lots) inside the glass votive candle holders. I came up with 5mm thick craft foam that I cut into circles the diameter of each candle base. It was just thick enough that when I pressed them to each of the candle holders, the metal spike wouldn’t poke the bottom of the glass votive holders. I know.. I’m good! haha! After that, we chose batter-powered realistic candles that have a 5-hour on timer function. K had the greatest idea after that. We noticed it was missing something. He went to a glass store and took the inside wall measurements and had them cut 3 mirrors and now instead of seeing the back of the fireplace, we see the reflexion of the glowing candles.
Since that project is finally done, I moved onto my next one. The fairy garden. I’ve been learning a lot about Polymer Clay through Pinterest (I love that website too!?!). Polymer Clay is what I made my Happy Jar from. I considered that practice for the fairy door that I finished making the other day. Now, I’m going to use a Ball jar to build the fairy house and attach the door to it.
It’s time consuming but it gives me something to do and look forward to when I have days where I don’t feel so great. Remember that raised flower bed I got for Christmas from Santa? Rocco had his picture taken in it. Well, I’m going to plant spinach and some herbs and whatever else I can fit in there. There also will be my fairy garden right there off to the side of the herbs…or whatever is growing!
In between making the bits and pieces of my fairy door and garden, I’ve started yet another project. I don’t normally have so many things going at once. It can be a little confusing and I like to finish one project and then move on to the next. It keeps the excitement going and I have something to look forward to in the future. It gets me out of bed every day. This project, though, I was asked to do. I’m making a family Christmas photo book. I use Shutterfly for all my photo books. I can only work on the book a page or two at a time. It’s very stressful to me to concentrate so hard. (hmm.. that didn’t sound right! *wink*) I want it to be perfect. Here’s the cover of the book. That’s all I’m going to reveal. Everything else is top secret. I want the rest to be a surprise for K’s mom and family. Cleaning up 110 pictures after weeding them out of almost 300 pictures was VERY tedious. That part is NOT fun unless it’s a smaller amount of photos.
I really feel that it’s important to stay active and engaged in life. Find a hobby that you’re interested in. Try a new one. You don’t have to be super creative or artistic. Just do something that makes you really happy. Instead of writing emails, get some cute notecards and hand write to someone. It’s always fun to get a surprise in the mail from someone you know. Heck, get blank notecards and draw a picture on it with crayons for that matter. Oooh that sounds fun. I may have to try that. I’m not good at drawing but I bet my family and friends wouldn’t care! Right? *wink*
Just find some hobby that gets you out of bed every day. Stay well. *hugs*
I don’t ALWAYS write posts that are to be read by just the oxygen user. This post is mainly for those who have oxygen users in the family or those who care for an oxygen user. Christmas is coming (in fact it’s only a day and a half away!) and you’re going to have a guest in your house who uses oxygen. What, you ask, do I need to keep in mind to help the person feel more comfortable? Here are some tips:
In general, they don’t like being fussed over but they do need help. When they get to your house, they will need help moving their oxygen in the place that best suites their needs. Hopefully, it will be a central location that will allow their canula to stretch the distance between kitchen, bathroom, & wherever the life of Christmas & family will be in your house. (assuming the person is using a long canula)
If they are using an electrical concentrator, make sure it’s in a well ventilated area.
Do not have an open flame or fireplace within at least 5 feet of oxygen whether the oxygen is in use or not (especially liquid oxygen or e-cylinders). In fact, if you have the fireplace going, ask the oxygen user if the smell of the fireplace bothers them. You’d be surprised how many people who uses oxygen and that problems being around a fireplace and even an outdoor grill. Myself included. The smoke irritates my lungs and it makes it so much harder to breathe. So, it’s better to ask if you already have one going. Hopefully, you have doors on the fireplace that you can close off the fire if needed.
Do not smoke inside or around the oxygen user. I know it may be cold outside but smoke really irritates the lungs. Better yet! You should quit smoking! We want to keep you around for a long time!!!
For me, using a 50 foot canula at a guests house makes me feel like I’m constantly underfoot with the thing. So, your guest may too. Just watch your feet and try not to stand or trip over the thing. I always tell people that it’s ok to walk on it briefly but just don’t stand on it. It will cut off the oxygen. Then, I’d collapse and turn blue! haha!
Generally, when the oxygen user talks less, they are probably getting tired. Talking takes lung power and energy as does eating. Maybe a nice quiet place for the oxygen-using guest would be perfect for them to get a quick nap. Usually, 30 minutes to an hour is all it takes to re-energize.
These are some basic tips to go by. Just use some common sense. Remember, oxygen users want to have fun too. If you’d like to follow along with this blog, just subscribe and you will get an email each time I post a new entry here. I’d love to hear your comments. Do you have any tips to add? The subscription box is in the right column.
It seems that my body and my brain has decided that they don’t care what time I wake up at night. Nor does it care that I can’t get back to sleep. So, awake I am at midnight writing to you. I went to bed at 8pm. Normally, I get myself into bed around midnight or 1am. I love the late night hours. It’s so quiet and peaceful because I don’t hear car traffic outside in our neighborhood. However, it’s really cold outside and this is an important factor to this story.
You see, yesterday (it’s officially yesterday’s tomorrow… hence the word “yesterday” being that it’s after midnight), it was near freezing outside and my pup, Rocco, desperately wanted to go outside to play. He didn’t know it was cold outside but he really wanted to go sniff the yard. You know, do dog things or whatever doggies do besides potty. I decided I would put on my jacket and my shoes to go outside for a few minutes just to make sure Rocco wasn’t visited by the neighbor’s dog (the neighbor’s dog sometimes escapes his back yard and has become BFFs with my Rocco).
The moment I step outside, it hits me like… whammo! People have a fire going in their fireplace. I don’t know how many were warming their toes with a fireplace fire but it was causing the outside air to wreak of burning wood. I felt it in my throat and down into my lungs. That’s how sensitive my lungs are… especially with the smell of burning wood, pepper, crab boil spices and cigarette smoke. Of course, I immediately went back inside and proceeded to kick myself for not remembering about other people wanting to light a fire. Unfortunately, Rocco was still outside and that meant I had to open the door again to let him and the smell of smoke in. So, the rest of the day, up to this point, I’ve been having trouble breathing. It’s slowly getting better though. Probably because everyone’s fire has died down.
Thanksgiving is almost here and I’m ready to get myself in the Christmas spirit. I still think it’s too early for Christmas music on the car radio though. Maybe I’ll be ready for that AFTER Thanksgiving. Since I wasn’t breathing well I decided to start working on a crocheted snowflake garland for my fireplace mantle. I probably should have made it all in white but I didn’t have enough white yarn. So, I went with blue and white. It’s nearly finished and I really love the look. It was so easy to crochet! Red Heart has great free patterns!
Gosh, a long time ago and even now, I’m big on crayons! Hey! Hey! You are never too old for crayons. It was nearing Christmas and in the apartment that we were living in we didn’t have a fireplace (not that we could light it because I used oxygen then too). But, how was Santa going to come to our apartment if we didn’t have a fireplace? I mean, come ON! I was such a good girl! *wink* This was the logic that I used on K, my husband when I pulled out my big box of crayons and bought some butcher paper at Hobby Lobby.
I’m not a great artist. I can barely draw but this time I had inspiration on my side and determination to have that fireplace!! Seriously… I was on a mission.. a Christmas mission. So I drew it with a pencil at first and then the crayons took over. I started to get worried that I would run out of my red crayon. But don’t fear… oh no.. I had a backup 96 count of crayons on standby. Hey, bricks have to be red, right? The flames were my favorite to draw and color. haha!
When my masterpiece was finished, I taped my glorious fireplace on the wall and it was fabulous.
So, here it is to help you get you in the holiday spirit. Love to you all and may you have a beautiful holiday season. *hugs* to each of you! And don’t forget to FOLLOW MY BLOG if you are a new visitor. You won’t be disappointed! *big cheesy grin*