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Friday, January 20th 2006

10:01 AM

My Oxygen Setup

Good morning! Today I'm going to share with you what type of oxygen I use and what equipment I have. For me, since I use a high liter flow (5 liters/min), I need to use liquid oxygen. If you will notice the picture to the right, you will see the two metal tank reservoirs. Each of these tanks holds 100lbs of liquid oxygen. I get these tanks refilled every week. That's how much oxygen I use.. 200lbs a week.

I also have a 75lb tank of liquid oxygen that stays in my vehicle for when I go out to run my errands or go to friends. I just use that to drive with or when I'm with my husband, he can lift the big tank out so I can refill my small refillable portable tank. The portable tank when full, weighs only 8lbs. I have a little cart I can carry it around in but I try never to use it unless I go to the mall by myself. (I hate going to the mall! Lots of walking!)  My portable has a strap on the top so that whoever is carrying it can just sling it over their shoulder.

The hardest part when someone else is carrying my portable while with me is getting ourselves thinking, where one goes the other HAS to follow! If we don't think that way then one of us is going to lose the oxygen and it's usually me! I sometimes feel like a dog on a leash.

Before I started using liquid oxygen full time, I had an oxygen concentrator. It's an electrical machine that plugs into an electrical outlet in the wall of your home. It intakes the room air, divides out the oxygen from that air, and gives that oxygen to the person wearing the oxygen canula which is connected to the machine.

My oxygen canula within my home is 50 feet long. It's said that it should not be any longer than 50 ft. This way I can walk from one end of my house to the other. I can even walk out into the backyard a way; as long as I don't crimp the canula in the door when I shut it partially.

I have a pretty long day today. I need to make lasanga, clean around here and then we're going to see the movie UNDERWORLD: Evolution. Tomorrow we have a birthday party to go to.

8 Comment(s).

Posted by Linda:

Thanks for your encouraging words. I am using 4.5 liters now and trying to figure out if going to liquid oxygen is a good idea for me. I don't know what to do. Do you have a suggestion.

Reply: I think since you are at such a high flow rate already, switching over to liquid oxygen is better for you. It's pure oxygen in liquid form. It would cut approximately $20 dollars off from your electric bill if you're currently using an electric oxygen concentrator. Check to see what your insurance will pay for before making this decision. Taking along a liquid oxygen portable is lighter and will last longer than an E-cylinder of oxygen when you get out of the house.

Thanks for the question.

Monday, October 15th 2007 @ 5:19 PM

Posted by Jim:

You probably didn't know that there is a smaller base unit for refilling your liquid portables, it holds 10 liters of lox. This little guy makes life a lot easier on your husband when lifting base units in and our of the vehicle. Using lox on the road requires additional safety precautions, I am sure you already know them. Regards Jim


Hi Jim,

I do know that there is a 50lb base tank which is smaller than the one I have in my vehicle but the DME reserves those (which they only have a very few of) for those going on vacation. I keep my 75lb tank in my car all the time. ---christine
Tuesday, November 3rd 2009 @ 8:29 AM

Posted by Sequal Eclipse:

They say the Sequal Eclipse portable oxygen concentrator can help with high liter flow. The portables are getting better, hopefully it will give us all more freedom.


Really? I will have to check that out! Thanks for posting.

Monday, February 22nd 2010 @ 10:44 PM

Posted by pat taylor:

i am on oxgen for life can i get off it and how much does it cost to run this machine


Hi Pat,

I couldn't make that decision. Only your pulmonary doctor could do that. But if you are wondering how much electricity a concentrator increases your electric bill.. I have noticed in the past about $20 per month. If you are talking about a different form of oxygen, it would depend on your insurance and the durable medical equipment company who is your provider. Sorry not much help for you.
Friday, June 11th 2010 @ 10:00 PM

Posted by Tina:

Hi,i'm currently using the eclipse 3 portable oxygen concentrator.I have been using it for about 5 months,I love it!it gives me more freedom to go out and stay out longer.I'm currently on 3(lpm) and wanting to try and get back down to 2(lpm).

Hello Tina,
I think it's amazing that technology has created portable concentrators that run on batteries. I've seen people using them and wish that I too could use them but I use oxygen at 5 liters/min. Please don't decrease the oxygen flow unless you talk with your doctor and he agrees. I hope all the best for you Tina! Thank you so much for your post!

Monday, October 18th 2010 @ 12:43 AM

Posted by LC:

What type of portable units are you using for liquid? Helios or Stroller? I know the Helios can only go up to 4L and on pulse dosage.


I have a Puritan Bennett continuous flow liquid oxygen portable that fills from my 100lb Puritan Bennett reservoir tank. I'm on 5L/min and pulse dosage does not work for me. I need continuous flow. =o)

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Sunday, August 12th 2012 @ 2:57 AM

Posted by marcia chapman:

I am on Oxygen full time...Only2 liters. Have an in house concentrator, tanks and a portable battery/AC/DC unit for traveling. Enjoy hearing other's solutions.

Hi there,

Good to hear from you! I'm curious as to what you mean when you say "tanks" because when I hear "tanks," I think of the metal E cylinders which are heavy and used as a back up. I have total liquid oxygen and a bipap s/t. If what you have is convenient for you and you can carry it around with you easily, then that's great. If it promotes an improved quality of life, then that's the direction you want to keep going in. However, if things become burdensome, then get with your Pulmonary doctor to discuss your options on changing your oxygen set up, especially if you use oxygen 24 hours/ 7 days a week. Quality of life is priority to me in my life. In my opinion, it should be that way for others too.

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Tuesday, October 23rd 2012 @ 12:04 PM

Posted by Barbara Russell:

I'm not a member but would like to be. I'll just have to find an applic. on this site.
The post just above mine and mentions liquid oxygen. I've never heard of that but it would erase the problem of having a long tubing connecting one's nose to a large machine in my den.
I would love to see this blog get more active. I guess we are all on oxygen but the differing reasons would be interesting.
Dec. 28/12:o

Hi Barbara,
I just sent you an email! I hope you join me on my new blog site at: http://livingono2forlife.wordpress.com


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Saturday, December 29th 2012 @ 4:23 PM