User Perspective: My Recent trip to New York City

There are so many great things to see and do in New York City, one of the biggest, busiest and most popular cities in the world. If you're a tourist, the excitement of the Big Apple can be overwhelming, even for the most seasoned traveler. If you're using portable oxygen, it can seem a little more daunting.

Take it from Candace T., a portable oxygen user who also loves to visit the City that Never Sleeps. If you're an oxygen therapy patient thinking of visiting NYC, but you're not sure where to start, Candace is here to give her oxygen user's view of seeing the sites, as well as some portable oxygen concentrator travel advice.

I have family members who live in New York City, so luckily I have somewhere nice to crash. You'll need to save your money because hotels and motels in this city aren't exactly cheap. I like to get gently used batteries to use as backup batteries, because they're cheaper than brand new ones. Make cost cuts anywhere you safely can if you plan on doing some traveling, especially to New York City! You want to save all your money for public transportation costs, food and enjoying the many things there is to do here.

There are so many different things to do here, it would be crazy for me to try to suggest them all, since you might be going to try different foods, to go see some plays on Broadway, or to go to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. So I'm going to just cover a few of the biggest attractions. As far as oxygen therapy goes, I'll give you the most important tips.

I have to suggest seeing the Empire State Building during your stay in NYC. It's really a main staple to any first time in this city, and one of the most imply enjoyable. You'll get the best view of the surrounding area, and you'll get to take some really cool pictures. Make sure you have more than one full portable oxygen concentrator battery, since this adventure will take all if not most of a day.

If your concentrator unit is on a mobile cart, you can easily get to most parts of the building without taking stairs. If you've never walked this much while pulling your mobile cart behind you, you don't even need to worry about the crowds. All the mobile carts are really small and light – really easy for getting through even the busiest sidewalks.

Since you'll be doing so much walking, you should bring along a pulse oximeter to check to make sure you are still receiving the amount of oxygen you need. You should also pace yourself, and don't rush! Your health is more important than an itinerary.

The 9/11 memorial and museum is another must-see while you're in NYC. You can take a guided tour, or walk around at your leisure and observe the lovely historical memorial. The photos you take will definitely be something to look back on.

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