February 10, 2017 10:56am CST
I've been trying to tell my doctor for months that I need an oxygen machine for therapy because just walking around my property (16 1/2 acres) I have to stop about every 100 yards; bend over with my hands on my knees to breathe. Did he listen? Hell no; because as a patient we are all stupid as rocks while they walk on water. He did authorize an inhaler; which is fine, but it doesn't approach the underlying problem. The insurance won't cover it unless you're almost dead; but little did I know that had the doctor done an oxygen TEST, I would have failed it. So I forced him to do the test. It requires you to walk for 6 minutes while wearing a thingy-pooper on your finger to measure the results. After 3 minutes my oxygen level dropped from 98% to 61% and my fingernails were blue. Well duh!!! That's what I've been trying to tell him. They stopped the test before having to administer CPR. Ya think?!!!!! So now I'll be able to get the portable, oxygen unit. Maybe now with additional oxygen in my system, I won't continue to lose muscle and tissue mass. Oh and I had lost another 3 pounds just since last week. 113 down to 110. Another serious indicator that there was a problem. Damn doctors.!!!!
18 people like this
• United States
10 Feb 17
We had some lousy docs in TN - but the one we have now - a local guy born and raised - is really good. He listens to you and that's important. He spends as much time with patients as necessary. He doesn't overbook, we very seldom wait long to get in. There are good one you just have to find them.
• Calgary, Alberta
14 Feb 17
@nanette64 . . What is the cause of oxygen deficiency?! I will be 60 next month . . I exercise daily like doing 50 push-ups (twice) in the morning and another 50 (twice) before going to bed at night but I don't feel like losing oxygen in my body . . .
11 Feb 17
That's a lot of land to cover. My friend have a mini clinic in his house. He also have his own oxygen machine due to his heart problem. I hope everything will be fine with you. Maybe you should get another doctor since he's not a good listener and he's not providing you with proper care.
• United States
10 Feb 17
Glad that this was at least the first to finding out what might be all wrong. And glad you got someone to listen finally. Something I might have them look into as Fresh oxygen also helps wounds heal and helps with Fibro so I might be starting some research myself. Wishing you the Best on all your Health.