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!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Keeping It In The Family

Deborah J. of Proctor, MN has been an Open-Aire customer for several years, and has been quick to recommend portable oxygen concentrators to her friends and family. Not long ago her twin sister, Teresa, was prescribed oxygen. When Teresa decided she wanted a portable concentrator Deborah knew right where to send her, and by coincidence both sisters worked with the same Open-Aire Case Manager.

Deborah is a big proponent of freedom and mobility that portable concentrators provide. She says, "If it wasn't for my portable oxygen concentrator, I would just be sitting at home." Fortunately she does have one so she’s constantly on the go. She and her fiancĂ© have a camper and they put it to good use. They travel all over visiting different cities and landmarks in Utah, the Dakotas, and of course Teresa who lives about an hour and a half away.

Being able to travel so easily allows for a busy holiday season. Deborah has many options for Thanksgiving this year. She has family throughout Minnesota and North Dakota, and has received several invitations. With her portable oxygen concentrator, she can go anywhere she wants and trying to schedule oxygen service doesn’t have to be a part of her travel preparation. Whether she is with her kids or with her twin sister, she will be mobile enough to enjoy the holiday to its fullest.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A Veteran in Washington

Last month we posted a story to our blog about World War II veteran and Open-Aire customer Peter D. When we last spoke with him he was looking forward to an Honor Flight trip to Washington, D.C.  Peter, who had never been to Washington, D.C. before, has since taken his trip, and we checked back in with him to see how it went.

The day-long trip started very early in the morning with Peter and 65 other veterans leaving from Syracuse, NY at dawn. When they arrived at the airport in Washington, D.C. they were greeted by 500 people with flags.  One woman gave him a quilted blanket. Red roses were given to each soldier. And an Irish choral group of 8 people sang the songs of the Army, Navy, and Marine and finished with God Bless America. 

As they left the airport they boarded a bus with a police escort and the veterans’ tour began. They were taken to the Lincoln Memorial, the National World War II Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, and many other monuments.  It was a day packed full of sight-seeing, but Peter was ready for it. “My portable oxygen concentrator took care of me all day long. I got on the airplane with it with no problem at all. The tour organizers even charged the batteries for me while I was on the bus.”

It was certainly a full day, and by late afternoon it was winding down. Peter and the other veterans were taken back to the airport and embarked on a flight back home to New York. “I don’t know how Honor Flight did it,” says Peter. “They had our schedule pinned down to the last minute. Everything was perfect. It was a beautiful day. Wherever we went we had the best seats and the best views. And the whole day we were surrounded by well-wishers.”

We are very happy that Peter enjoyed his Honor Flight trip so much, and hope he enjoys Veterans Day as well. He certainly deserves it. We would also like to thank Honor Flight for making this trip possible for Peter and so many of our other heroes.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

She's Never at Home!

Earlier this year Virginia M. of Clinton, NY was prescribed oxygen for her COPD. Her oxygen provider gave her a large concentrator and a supply of oxygen tanks that were too bulky for her to manage. Going out with the tanks was difficult for Virginia. They were heavy, and they never seemed to last for as long as they were supposed to. The shortages made it too hard for her to plan for trips outside of her home. She started to become frustrated and didn't know what to do. "I didn't know if any alternative existed. I thought that's all there was," says Virginia. Without seeing any other options she ended up staying at home all the time and started to become depressed.

Fortunately, one day Virginia saw a commercial for portable oxygen concentrators from Open-Aire. After a phone call with Open-Aire, Virginia was able to get the information she needed, and her pulmonary doctor helped with the paperwork she needed. A short time later she received her equipment, and she and her doctor are both very pleased with the results since making the switch.

Now that Virginia has a portable oxygen concentrator she goes out more than she did, even before being prescribed oxygen. She takes trips to the mall, the casino, the grocery store, goes out to lunch with her sister, and is taking full advantage of being mobile again. In fact, her son Frank has trouble keeping track of her. According to him, "now that she has her portable concentrator, she’s never at home!"