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This isn’t really my story, it’s a request. I wish someone out there would invent a device that could be worn on the waist like a belt, and it would coil and uncoil your oxygen tube so that when you’re walking with your arms full of laundry you don’t trip over the tubing or rip your nose off because it gets stuck on something!! I’m so grateful that I can still do my own laundry, but something like this would help immensely! 🙂

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Comments

  • KevinDavitt
    1 year ago

    Hi – whenever possible, I use a small backpack with a “B” tank so I don’t have to drag the line around.
    If I’m sitting watching TV or in bed then, it’s fine.
    Otherwise, I try to go with the backpack.

    Cheers,
    Kevin

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    1 year ago

    Hi Kevin and thanks for sharing what works for you so well. A ‘B’ sized tank is small enough to keep its weight from being an issue. If it’s an aluminum tank, then all the better as they are lighter! Keep up the good work!
    All the best,
    Leon (site moderator)

  • DebraKay
    2 years ago

    I like your idea. I have fell getting up in the middle of the night and gotten tangled in mine.

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi Debra – sorry to hear that you actually fell getting tangled up in your tubing in the middle of the night. Hopefully, you’ve found a way to prevent that from recurring until this ‘invention’ gets out there!
    All the best, Leon (site moderator)

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    3 years ago

    Hi Jcgivan and thanks for posting your ‘story/request/idea’. It’s a good one! Interestingly enough, oxygen tubing and nasal cannula tubing, as well as oxygen masks have been modified over the years to be more flexible, resist kinking, and even be softer to the touch so as not to irritate the nose and face.

    Perhaps you might want to write to the manufacturers of oxygen supply devices and submit your idea to them. What do you think?
    All the best, Leon (site moderator)

  • Julie
    2 years ago

    My husband has suggested this idea so many times. I am always tripping on my tube or ripping my nose because it was caught on something. We even tried to roll the tube up and put it in a casing like a larger measuring tape and hook it to my belt or put in pocket. I am stage 4 now and don’t move around much but would still feel it would be very helpful. Good luck with this. Julie

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