Sharing the Health
To better manage my cannula, tubing and Oxy- View glasses, I mounted a tie rack on my bedroom wall. It works great!
Joe Donathan Centennial, CO
Jean Rommes of Iowa wants you to know the COPD Foundation has made the power point presentations and audio recordings of the sessions presented at COPD8 available at this site: www. copdconferencesusa.org. This is a tremendous source of information about COPD and a chance to hear some of renown pulmonologists, scientists, researchers and clinicians in the world.
The COPD Foundation encourages you to get your COPD Advocacy Driver’s License! They need advocates to help Congress pass legislation that helps raise awareness, improve diagnosis, and fund COPD research.
Watch the advocacy training video and take the five- question quiz to receive your Advocacy Drivers License and become a certified COPD Advocate. Go to www. copdfoundation.org/Advocacy.aspx and get started!
Bev F. of Florida was told by her physician to use her oxygen at 2 LPM and “she should be okay.” By checking her saturation with her oximeter, she found that during exercise and certain activities she needs more and when she is sitting she can get by with less. Bev encourages everyone to review the booklet, The Clinical Use of Pulse Oximetry (www.nonin.com/ documents/7969-000_Oximetry_Pocket_Guide.pdf) to understand how an oximeter works.
Receive a Free One Year Membership
Contribute a picture or tip on how you COPE with COPD! Send to The Pulmonary Paper, PO Box 877, Ormond Beach, FL 32175. Include your name/ address.
Be sure to visit www.pulmonarypaper.org and see past years of The Pulmonary Paper! New members will sign up and be given a password. If current members would email us at [email protected] paper.org, we will send you a password to access the Member Only section.
Pacific Gas and Electric, an electric utility company based in San Francisco, CA, has a program where residential customers can qualify for their lowest price of electricity. To qualify for Medical Baseline, a California-licensed physician must certify that a full-time resident in your home has a qualifying medical condition. If you are serviced by this company, call the Customer Service Center at 1-800- 743-5000. If not, call your local electric company and see if they have a similar program!
To keep your home oxygen concentrator running efficiently, clean the filters on a weekly basis. Wash them with mild liquid dish detergent. After rinsing thoroughly, dry the filter and inspect for defects, replace filter if damage is found.
Oxygen for your Pet
Used by firefighters and first responder personnel for emergency rescues, you can purchase an oxygen system, O2 Fur Life, for your pet for approximately $96 from Amazon.com. I have one just in case for my dogs and my peace of mind.
NeilMed Pharmaceuticals makes an affordable moisturizer in a gel or spray form for dry noses related to CPAP or oxygen use called NasoGel. I found it at my local drug store but you can also order it online at
www.drugstore.com Donna B., NY