Tuesday, April 5, 2011
It's been one month since I recieved the call for my lungs. Today Praxair/Apria came and picked up all of my oxygen: two liquid oxygen tanks (R2D2), an oxygen consentrator, six E-Tanks (steel gumby), and two pressure gages. What a relief! I have more room in my closet and no sight of R2D2s and steel gumbys (our name for e tanks). I am so excited to finally have some normal space in my house instead of having it decorated with medical equipment. I can't believe it's gone. People would tell me it might be mentally hard to get used to being without oxygen, but if I don't need it, I don't need it and if I do need it I will order it. I am fine without it. I do have to admit after I had my first biopsy the drugs made my respiratory drive slow down so the PA advised me to nap with .5 Liters of O2. I was parinoid so I did exactly that. I got an E-tank out and napped and slept with it all that night. Previously being on a Bi-pap at night on 6-8 liters, an e tank wouldn't cut it, especially all night long. I really didn't need the oxygen the second night after my bronc, but my sweet husband had to tell me straight up, "you don't need it, you are saturating 96% while you are sleeping". I was just mentally comfortable with wearing my oxygen. Now I can say the oxygen is gone and I'm ok with it. Another positive, last night I invited my husband back into our bed. That is a sign I am feeling good enough to sleep through the night and not have one eye open from the pain. I can sleep through his light snore again. Dave was probably relieved to finally come back to a nice comfortable bed instead of being on the couch for three weeks.