A Skiing Adventure with Oxygen Therapy

Skiing is one winter sport that many people enjoy, and you don't need to do any crazy jumps or tricks, or even ski down the steep slopes. There is a level for skiing that will suit almost anyone. One of our customers, Paul W., has been an avid skier since he was young, and still after a few years of using oxygen therapy, he's still hitting the slopes. He shared with us some of the things he's learned from being diagnosed with COPD, using oxygen therapy, which portable oxygen concentrator he prefers, and not giving up on something you enjoy.

I was diagnosed with COPD at a younger age than many people I've heard about before. I thought I had several years more before I really had to start worrying, but I was wrong. I was diagnosed when I was 36, and my doctor was surprised because I was already advanced into the brink of it being severe. At first he didn't think I needed to use oxygen therapy – just an inhaler – but a few years later, I started having a lot of trouble.

I got pretty sick after a ski trip, the thing I do a few times a year at one of my favorite resorts. I was 39 and my breathing wasn't any worse than it was before. I ended up in the hospital not long after, and my doctor ran some tests. My blood oxygen level was dangerously low. They kept an eye on me and decided that I needed oxygen therapy.

I didn't know much about it, and after he explained it to me and how I would need to use oxygen tanks, I got pretty depressed. Not only did I need to wear an oxygen tank for almost half of the day, but I got the image in my head that I would never be able to ski again, or I would have to give up on most of it. Needless to say, I got serious about quitting smoking, and I haven't touched a cigarette in 6 years.

I used tanks for a while and decided it was too much of a hassle. I did some searching online for my alternatives, which was an oxygen concentrator small enough to wear on my back, but strong enough to give me the oxygen my doctor prescribed. At first I thought something like that was too good to be true, and then I bought my first Inogen One G2 with the 12 cell battery. It gave me the pulse dose volume I need, and I was amazed at how light and easy to carry it was.

I was very happy with it until I started to want one that was lighter and with a battery that lasted longer, for the longer trips. After 3 years with my G2, and bought my current Inogen One G3, with the 24 cell battery. Even better than I had hoped! Your price was also the best one I could come across.

About Scott Ridl: Scott joined American Medical Sales and Rentals in 2008 as a Web Manager and Content Writer. He is a writer and designer. He is extensively trained on oxygen therapy products from leading manufacturers such as Inogen, Respironics, Chart, Invacare, ResMed and more. Scott works closely with respiratory therapists and oxygen specialists to educate the community about oxygen therapy products, COPD, asthma and lung diseases. He writes weekly columns and is passionate about educating the community on oxygen therapy and respiratory issues.

4 thoughts on “A Skiing Adventure with Oxygen Therapy”

  • Fiona Deal

    Just read the above - gives me hope that I may be able to really enjoy skiing again. What flow did this skier use as with COPD it is not necessarily a good idea to use a high flow. Would love to know

    • Danielle Jason
      Danielle Jason March 28, 2017 at 4:45 am

      Thank you for your comment, Fiona. Luckily today, advancements in technology have allowed for the creation of portable and extremely lightweight units ideal for physical activities. We even have a portable unit that weighs in just under 5 pounds and can withstand up to 10 inches of rain! Go ahead and give out Oxygen Specialists a call at 877-774-9271 and they'll work with you to find a unit perfect for skiing!

  • fiona deal

    Just seen your reply Danielle - unfortunately I am in UK......any suggestions on who I could speak to who might have the answer?

    • Danielle Jason
      Danielle Jason April 27, 2017 at 2:28 am

      Hello Fiona, we'd love to speak to you about the options available. If you give us a call at 877-774-9271 one of our oxygen specialists can work with you to find a solution or answer any questions you may have.


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