Tuesday, May 19, 2015

"It's Made Things so Much Better"

After a few months of using liquid oxygen and tanks, Robert L. of Florence, South Carolina began to get frustrated with all the inconveniences of traditional oxygen equipment. Simple trips out of the house were difficult. "It felt like I was handicapped with the regular oxygen equipment. I couldn’t do anything," says Robert.

His daughter and grandchildren live 100 miles away from him. Robert likes to visit them on occasion and spend a few days at their home. In order to do that he would have to load up his car with oxygen tanks. Not only was that dangerous, but that would barely last him a weekend. Shorter day trips to Myrtle Beach, which is only 45 minutes away, weren’t much easier either.

Eventually he asked his oxygen provider for a portable concentrator. However, they said they could not provide him with one. Fortunately for Robert, as he did research on portable oxygen concentrators he found an ad on the internet for Open-Aire. Once he contacted Open-Aire he found the process very easy. The case managers helped him and worked with his doctor every step of the way.

Now Robert is a big fan of Open-Aire and talks about the company and his equipment whenever he gets a chance. "I go to a pulmonary rehab program at my local hospital and I show off my portable oxygen concentrator to everyone when I’m there. It's made things so much better." We appreciate the kind words and the recommendations from Robert.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

A Traveling Grandmother, Mom and Sister

Betty V. of Spearfish, ND has been with Open-Aire for over four years and in that time she's experienced many of the conveniences that come with a portable oxygen concentrator. She doesn't have to schedule tank deliveries and she doesn’t worry about running out of oxygen. Her favorite thing is just being able to get up and go!

"I'm very pleased with my portable oxygen concentrator.  I have more freedom than before. I can get out and go. I don't just have to stay indoors all of the time," says Betty.  She loves spending time in the outdoors. If it’s not too warm or too cold she’ll go for a walk or a drive. She says, "I like to get in my car and go riding with my sister. Other times I go driving through the Black Hills by myself."

Her portable oxygen concentrator has made traveling much easier than with tanks. She just plugs it into her car's outlet, and she can stay out as long as she'd like. Aside from car trips, Betty’s portable oxygen concentrator also lets her fly without any hassle. Not long ago she flew to Colorado to see her daughter and granddaughter. 

Later this year she is planning a big trip with her sister. The two of them are planning to make a six hour drive to Wyoming to visit their brother. "We always stop while we cross the Big Horn Mountains and take in the views and the natural beauty." We hope to hear back from her and maybe she'll share some pictures of those mountain views.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Pushing the Tanks Aside

Richard B. of Pleasanton, TX was having difficulty getting used to life with oxygen tanks. Traveling with oxygen tanks, and having to schedule deliveries was tough enough, but dealing with how to store the many tanks he needed was a daily difficulty. "Before I switched to a portable oxygen concentrator I was going through at least 10 oxygen tanks a week," says Richard. It didn't take long before Richard grew tired of the inconvenience and clutter of oxygen tanks, and that's when he found Open-Aire.

After working with Richard and his doctor, Open-Aire case managers were able to find a portable oxygen concentrator that best suited his needs. He is very happy with the features his portable concentrator provides, especially how it eliminates so many of the problems that he was forced to put up with while using oxygen tanks. "I appreciate the fact that I can go 9 hours without a recharge," says Richard. That allows him the opportunity to travel outside the home, without the worry that he might run out of oxygen.

Now that he has a portable oxygen concentrator Richard's life is closer to how it used to be before he was prescribed oxygen. "I can't do everything I used to do, but I haven't let the failure of my lungs hold me back too much." He uses it to go to his grandkids' basketball games, attend his Masonic meetings, and any other activities that send him outside the home. Best of all, the tanks are all gone and his home is free of all that clutter.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

2015 - New Year and New Goals!

When Bruna F. of Tucson, AZ received her portable oxygen concentrator from Open-Aire it did not take long for it to make a difference. “The first day I had it I went out shopping, and my daughter had to tell me to slow down,” she says. It was a pretty dramatic change from where she had been just for the past few years.

Before getting a portable oxygen concentrator Bruna had spent the previous two years struggling with oxygen tanks. They were too heavy to drag around and limited her mobility. It made it hard for her to get out, and became troubling for her.  “I didn’t realize how much of a recluse I was becoming. It was too hard to go anywhere. I hadn’t been to the mall in years. Even just getting to the mailbox was difficult.” She couldn’t live like this, and when she heard about Open-Aire portable oxygen concentrators she knew she had found the solution.

Now that she’s getting all of the oxygen she needs, she’s starting the New Year off right by getting more exercise.  “I’ve dusted off my old exercise equipment and now I’m losing weight,” says Bruna.  She’s been using her exercise bike and elliptical almost every day, and is off to an excellent start with no signs of stopping. Exercise isn’t the only change for 2015. Since she’s no longer tied down to her oxygen tanks, she’s looking into some very overdue traveling. We wish her well with her weight loss and exercise goals, as well as any other goals she has for 2015.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Portable Oxygen and College Football

Phillip W. of Maplesville, AL did not have to use oxygen tanks for very long before he knew they were not for him. They were too inconvenient to carry with him, and it limited his ability to run simple errands, let alone do things like travel with his wife. So he started doing research on other types of oxygen equipment and learned about portable oxygen concentrators. Unfortunately his oxygen provider could only offer him tanks. As a matter of fact, NONE of the local oxygen providers in his town could get him one. That didn’t stop him though. Phillip kept looking for a company that could help him, and he eventually found Open-Aire.com.
He found working with Open-Aire to be quick and easy. His case manager was “fantastic in every way” he says. “She was able to work with my doctor and did a great job in putting up with all the emails I sent her asking about the progress of my order.” A short time later he had his portable oxygen concentrator and it’s already making a world of difference for him. Running around town is now a pleasure, when just a short time ago it was a complete hassle.
He’ll be using his portable oxygen concentrator over the holidays as well. Phillip is a big fan of the University of Alabama, and he’s looking forward to watching the Crimson Tide in the NCAA Playoffs on New Year’s Day. He had a bunch of friends over to watch them play in the SEC Championship game just a few weeks ago, and his portable concentrator made it a lot easier for him to mingle with his friends and to cheer for his team. Maybe with a little luck, he’ll get to use it to watch them play in the NCAA Championship game too. 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A South Carolina Honor Flight

On Veterans Day we posted a story about Peter D., a World War II veteran from New York who recently visited our nation’s capital as part of the Honor Flight. Andy M of Dalzell, South Carolina sent us a wonderful story and photo from his recent Honor Flight trip this past September…

Andy is a veteran of the Korean War, and a few years ago received an invitation to visit Washington, D.C. for the 60th anniversary of the Korean War. At that time he was unable to go, but when Honor Flight extended a second invitation earlier this year he happily accepted the opportunity.

Andy got on his flight from Columbia, South Carolina at 6 AM with his portable oxygen concentrator in hand. Once he landed, his group was greeted, given breakfast, and was boarded onto their tour buses to begin their day. “The trip went so well. They had assistants who pushed some of us around in wheelchairs and took real good care of us,” says Andy. His group visited the Korean War Veterans Memorial and many other monuments around Washington, D.C.  Additionally they stopped at Arlington National Cemetery to pay their respects to their fallen comrades.

That evening on his return home, his tour group was welcomed back by groups of Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and members of the Honor Guard. It was a great way to end the trip. “It was a very nice day and my portable oxygen concentrator took good care of me. This 86 years old boy thanks you for taking care of him with your service.” Open-Aire is very happy for the opportunity to have helped Andy out on his Honor Flight trip, and we thank him for his service to our country.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

More Walks For Her, Less Work For Him

Mobility can be a problem for many COPD patients, and Sandra F. of Wilsonville, Oregon is no different. As part of her treatment, Sandra’s doctor encouraged her to go out for walks to help her improve her lung capacity as well as for exercise. However, walking was extremely difficult for her because she would have to lug around one of her oxygen tanks. The only way she could walk was to go without her tank, and this was physically trying for her. The result was that she had to limit her walks to one short one a day.

Now that she has a portable oxygen concentrator that’s not a concern anymore. She goes out three times a day or more now. "I walk a couple blocks at a time. I go to the area of the apartment complex where there are benches and talk with my friends.  I can even take my dogs out because I can hold their leash instead of the tanks," says Sandra. Her portable oxygen concentrator is lightweight, and the batteries last for hours so she can stay outside and keep walking for as long as she likes.

As much as Sandra likes her portable oxygen concentrator her husband Jay may like it even more. Prior to switching to a portable concentrator, Sandra used liquid oxygen, and those tanks only lasted her an hour and a half. It was Jay’s job to refill those tanks. Because they lasted such a short length of time it was a job that kept him busy. Over the course of a day he could fill up as many as a dozen bottles for Sandra. Jay is very happy that Sandra has so much more mobility now, and he loves not having to fill up those liquid oxygen tanks!