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How do you feel about going in public with O2 ?

I am diagnosed with COPD and was told last week to now go to continuous 24/7 oxygen. I use O2 at home, and am looking into portable BUT I am having difficulty dealing with this? I can’t imagine going into public carrying or wearing a machine? I am not a prideful person but this is an embarrassing thought for me. I am 63 but look much less feel or think that way. I don’t know what to think or how to feel about all this. I do realize it is a Blessings that I am still alive….comments appreciated.


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  • Edward W.
    3 months ago

    Have to admit, I was the same way.
    Then I discovered Oxyview glasses, and most recently tto2. These were both much better options for me.

  • Barbara Moore moderator
    7 months ago

    Hi ASAP815,
    It isn’t easy is it?
    But, if you broke your arm and were wearing a cast, it wouldn’t be an embarrassment, so what is the difference?
    It is my experience that people are only shocked for about 45 seconds and then they get on with it. Have confidence in your friends, they will manage to get past it and if they don’t, use it as an education moment.
    Barbara Moore (Site Moderator)

  • WillDoe
    7 months ago

    I need it. I use it. I can get around with it. I’m not shy about it.

  • Barbara Moore moderator
    6 months ago

    Good for you WillDoe,

    When you do what you need to do.

    Barbara Moore (Site Moderator)

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    7 months ago

    Good for you, WillDoe! Thanks for your input in response to ASAP815 – I’m sure it’s appreciated. Warmly, Leon (site moderator)

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