As a patient who requires oxygen, it may seem that your travel options are limited, but this couldn’t be further from reality. Cruising with a portable oxygen concentrator can be an easy endeavor; with the correct preparation, you’ll find using oxygen on a cruise ship doesn’t differ much from how you deal with it at home. Let’s take a look at some of the ways to properly prepare to use a portable oxygen concentrator to enjoy a fantastic cruise.
Traveling with Oxygen
It's never too early to start planning your summer vacation, in fact, early winter is the perfect time to start planning. After all, the best vacations are a result of lots of planning ahead. The little details that you might overlook if you were in a rush are usually the details that make the best memories.
Decide on Where to Go
If you don't already know where you want to go, you can make a list of summer vacation destinations to choose from. Talk to the person or people you'll be traveling with, so you can narrow down which places you all agree on.
Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is still somewhat of a mystery to medical experts, but what they do know undeniably, is that it is caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain. If you are planning a trip to a ski resort high in the mountains, or any other location that has an altitude about 6,000 feet above sea level, AMS can be a threat.
There are a few different ways to prevent AMS is the first place, and everyone is different in how going to a high altitude affects them. One person might get it mildly while another gets violently ill. It can be especially dangerous to those with a chronic lung disease.
Using a home oxygen concentrator might be the best way to prevent mountain sickness since it allows more oxygen to get into the blood stream. You might want to talk to your doctor about doing this, well before your trip to the mountains.
Getting out and seeing new a place is a great thing to do no matter how old you are. As we get older, we can find ourselves needing different kinds of fun, whether it's laid back and indoors, or more exciting in the outdoors. Seeing the sights and going to the places you've always wanted to go are important, because you only live once.
If you want to travel but you're not sure where to go, we've compiled the top 10 U.S. Travel destinations for seniors. These locations are widely varied to cater to many different tastes, and you won't break the bank paying for these trips! Life is meant to be enjoyed, and the world is meant to be explored.[metaslider id=4531]
The higher you travel above sea level, the thinner the air gets, and this can become a big problem for some people. If you want to do some high altitude hiking with your friends, there are some precautions you will need to take, especially if you have a lung or heart condition.
Those with COPD, asthma, congestive heart failure and other heart problems would definitely benefit from the use of portable oxygen therapy, if you are going up into high altitudes. Also, if you are not used to being in higher altitudes, and you travel higher too quickly, you can suffer from the symptoms of altitude sickness.
Mild altitude sickness is very common in people who have a healthy heart and lungs. Even experts cannot always predict who will get it and who won't, but if you have a condition that prevents you from getting enough oxygen into your bloodstream, even at sea level, you will definitely have a hard time.
Whether you're new to oxygen therapy, or if you've been using medical oxygen for many years, you have likely experienced one major problem – the discomfort that follows a flow of air being pushed in your airways. This discomfort is described as being a light irritation in the back of the throat, or a dry feeling in the nasal passages, going down into the throat.
Thankfully, there have been innovations in oxygen therapy to fix this problem. The newest unit with two great comfort features known "Auto Mode" and "PULSE WAVE" technology is the Lifechoice Activox 4L mobile concentrator.
They both work together to make sure the oxygen you're getting isn't just getting pushed into your airways before you're ready for it. The main cause of airway dryness and discomfort is too much air being delivered at once, and often not exactly when it is needed.
Winter can be a dangerous time for everyone. If you hit a patch of ice and slide off the road, or if your car breaks down, things can quickly get perilous because of the cold temperatures. For those with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, it can be even more dangerous. However, there are some precautions you can take for winter driving safety.
It's important that you are able to use your portable oxygen concentrator wherever you go and all models are approved by the Federal Aviation Administration for use on a commercial flight to or from the United States.
However, you will still need to do some planning ahead to make sure you don't run into any issues on your flight. Even though a portable oxygen concentrator is already FAA approved all airlines have a few requirements you will need to meet before your flight.
When winter chills arrive, so do thoughts of warmer climates. Fortunately, there are many warm winter vacation destinations that are senior-friendly, not only because they are affordable and easy to get to, but also because they offer a variety of attractions, outdoor activities and opportunities for relaxation. Here are a few of our favorites.
Palm Springs, California
Once the top winter weekend getaway spot for Hollywood stars, Palm Springs still retains a glamorous air. Whether you enjoy playing golf, relaxing by the pool, shopping or hiking, Palm Springs is a relaxing, senior-friendly vacation destination. Winters in Palm Springs are warm and dry, with average January daytime temperatures of 71 degrees. You can stay at an upscale resort or historic inn, find a moderately-priced hotel room, relax at a B&B or rent a vacation condominium.
If you stay on or near Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs' iconic main street, you can easily sight-see, dine and shop without a car. To explore Palm Canyon, ride the historic Palm Springs Aerial Tramway or get to Palm Desert or another Coachella Valley community, you'll want your own vehicle.
Traveling via Greyhound from one point in the country to another is one of the cheapest ways to travel. If you don't need to reach your destination as directly or quickly, a Greyhound is a cheaper alternative to getting a plane ticket. This is also a great option if you only need to travel to the next state over, or just a few states over. If you need to use oxygen therapy, you can easily do so on your trip on a Greyhound bus. However, there are a few things you will have to do to make sure you can do so.
Ben O. has traveled by Greyhound a few times with his portable oxygen concentrator, and has some firsthand experience in the whole process, and the best things to do to make it go as smoothly as possible. With just a few simple preparations, you'll be able to travel on a Greyhound just like anyone else.