I have suspicions that the concentrator provided by my vendor doesn’t concentrate the 02 adequately (or at all).
Is there an easy home test that I could perform to prove it does or doesn’t provide the desired concentration of oxygen?
Reasons for thinking the thing doesn’t work properly.
Although emphysemic I have hardly used the Concentrator nor the 02 tanks for taking strolls through the neighborhood. The Vendor knows this. The last time the gal was here, she promised to come back and swap out my older clunker 02 Concentrator for a newer model. Instead, she sent a kid with a refurbished(?) old clunker.
That might have been 2 summers ago. Haven’t seen nor heard from them since. No one comes in to check the machine or supply new tanks. Which is understandable, I suppose. The fact is, I was a lot less sick than my doctor had suspected. No lie.
We discovered this when a new and heads-up nurse in his office gave me my walking test with the O2 sensor on my forehead, rather than on a finger. The circulation in my extremities ain’t so hot.) She’s the only nurse to have done that, and this test showed the 02 concentration in my blood is within the normal range.
The doctor was absolutely flummoxed when he saw the results. “So, I’m a lot better than we thought?” I asked exultingly. “Yes!” he answered, thoroughly red-faced.
Anyway, I called the Vendor this past Friday to see about getting a newer model, and after she brought up my file, I explained how I hadn’t used the machine much, but lately had been running it quite a bit. With that she uttered a quietly ominous, “Oh, oh,” as if to say “…this old son of a bitch caught us at last.”
I pretended not to notice and went on with my business.
So, The techie will be here on Tuesday, but before he arrives, I’d like to determine if they’ve been hosing me all this time (pun intended) with a concentrator that’s a piece of crap.
One last thing…
I get no feeling of wellness (for lack of a better word) when I use the oxygen. I remember the time I had pneumonia, was admitted to the hospital and placed in a an oxygen tent. Oooooh, it felt so good. I don’t get that with the machine or the tanks.