Monday, June 24, 2013


I purchased a portable oxygen concentrating machine because I have reached a point at which I can barely walk a hundred feet without feeling exhausted.  I first bought a Inogen One G3, because it advertised itself as the smallest.  Not only is it not smallest, it is also very noisy and pretty heavy.  I emailed the company and told them I wanted to return it.   They suggested sending me a different model which would be a lot quieter, the G2.  It was a lot quieter, but it also was a lot heavier.  I will not be that person you see pulling the machine around behind him because it's too heavy to carry.  So I sent back both the G2 and the G3.  I then found, on the internet of course, a unit calledAirSep Focus.  It weighs about half of the G3 and is almost half as small.  It is a little more noisy than I would like, but I'll put up with a little more noise to have something that is more easily carried.  The first real test will be when we go to Boston in July.  I'm so hoping it works as advertised, because that would mean we can go to Europe again.


Dumb Law of the Week: In Denver, it is illegal to lend your vacuum cleaner to your next-door neighbor.

À la prochaine, mes amis.


Nadege said...

Your posts are always interesting and educative.
I hope the breathing machine will work so you can go to Europe. It takes a lot of courage to be older and dealing with health problems. I can relate.

Lowell said...

Dear friend! Thank you so much for your good wishes. Can't imagine that you would remember that today is our anniversary (56th). That's amazing. Merci beaucoup !

I'm sorry to hear that you have breathing problems. That must be difficult to say the least. I shall be thinking of you in Boston and hope that the new machine works as you wish and that you are able to go to Europe again as planned!

We've had some setbacks, too. Lois Anne was diagnosed with bladder cancer last September: A very rare and very aggressive form of bladder cancer. Last year there were only about 24 cases in the world!

She underwent four months of chemo and then had her bladder removed at Tampa's Moffitt Cancer Center. We were fortunate to have one of the best bladder cancer surgeons in the country, Dr. Wade Sexton. The operation was 7 hours long. After the bladder was removed, Dr. Sexton fashioned what's known as the "Florida pouch" from the intestines. It's a small pouch that's attached to the abdominal wall. This means Lois does not need external bags. But she has to catheterize the pouch about every three hours. It was difficult at first but she's become a pro at it. The best part of the story is they found no further evidence of cancer after running just about every test there is.

And now, we're bike riding 5 miles again. She's not running yet but hopes to in the future.

We send our best wishes to you and Robb!