…..Introducing E.T.’s big brother, Elliott….
Here he is bubbling and snoring away!
And here are his space age controls!
The Oxygen company gave us 2 models to choose from and Julian went through all the spec and we both liked this one for my needs, better, eventhough it turned out to be the slightly heavier of them. But it is now upstairs in my ‘home hospital room’ so weight doesn’t matter (23lbs). Elliott is an Invacare Perfecto2.
He snores and purrs gently, (37Db) and is currently bubbling too, as I am using a bubble humidifier with him, as I am not yet used to constant continual flow O2 at home. I have been using cylinder O2 on constant when I have been flaring and needed an emergency boost, but little E.T. my POC is pulse dose, and I actually prefer pulse dose for many reasons, not the least of which being it does not dry my nose out! I also like to hear that I am breathing and therefore still alive and kicking!
This will be a whole new experience as well as a continuation of the new world opened up to me in the short time (since late May/June) that I have been on overnight O2 and pretty much using it 24/7 /PRN.
My SATS after my night on 2.5L constant were 96% but the moment I take it off and move around they drop and sit around the high 80s/low 90s on air. This, for an asthmatic, is unusual, but my lungs have been damaged. Being on oxygen is allowing my body to repair itself and prevents my heart from over working, because as with all the nebs and the drugs, I have a very high heart rate and have been getting a few random palpitations this year.
I actually tried nebbing my morning drugs through the oxygen machine which is a huge benefit in an emergency. It needs to be turned up to maximum then though, well above my usual flow rate. This is what they do with me the instant I arrive in the Emergency Room. Many hospitals in the UK neb through the plumbed O2 supply, as they can’t supply so many neb machines, particularly in my local hospital.
I had one stretch of 4hrs solid sleep last night, so deep that I did not hear my phone go off 3 times, and had Julian (at work on nights) very worried. The difference in me in the mornings after a night on oxygen is unbelievable. I have energy because my body has rested and I don’t wake up with that dull CO2 headache, unless it’s a migraine, and I’ve had enough of those recently, due to a tonne of stress, the humidity, thundery weather, and at this stage of the school year, complete and total exhaustion.
So that was my first night with Elliott. It was a shame J wasn’t home to monitor things, but he is still on Nights. We have been like ships passing, this week, coupled with some highly necessary about to start emergency building work going on at home, still another week and a bit of school to trudge through, and a marked change in the weather. My lungs and head are currently having a battle with my will to function!
Elliott is great, I already love him- he will join the family of hilariously named medical equipment, keeping me going in this crazy, stressful, severely asthmatic life of mine.
….I’m off to school later, with E.T. for the day!….