Gone Fishin' with My Portable Oxygen Concentrator

Many people love going fishing throughout the year, and it's one of the most popular pastimes in the world. It's a hobby that shouldn't be given up if you are diagnosed with COPD, even if you are one of the more enthusiastic fisherman, who will sit all day waiting for a bite from the biggest fish they've ever caught. People will spend large amounts of money for the best equipment to help them in their fishing ventures, and we don't want you to overspend on your oxygen therapy so you can get the oxygen you need while fishing, and going about life in general.

One serious fisherman we know is Jerome C., who was diagnosed with severe emphysema 3 years ago, when he was 61. Needless to say, this hasn't set Jerome back at all with his favorite hobby.

“It didn't really cross my mind that I would need to quit fishing, or that there would even be any reason to slow down, or not do it the same way I always did it. I guess I was a little naïve back then and didn't fully understand what was wrong with me at first. I ignored what my doctor said for a while and got very sick. I was out in my boat one morning, and if I hadn't had my son with me, I probably would have not made it to the hospital in time. I couldn't believe how fast it came up on me. After that, I started taking it seriously and decided to shop for an oxygen concentrator.”

It didn't take long for Jerome to decide on what he wanted, along with the help of one of our great customer service representatives.

“I needed to be able to get a higher pulse dose of oxygen, and the one I decided on was the Invacare Solo, since the 5 setting for pulse dose was what my doctor said I needed. My main concern was being able to get the oxygen I needed, and still be able to go fishing like I normally do. This concentrator is small and light enough for me to bring to the docks and in my boat with the wheel cart that came with it. I just make sure I charge up my extra 2 batteries well ahead of time, when I know I'll be out for a long time. I didn't have to compromise how long I spent fishing, and I like to take those all-day fishing trips about every two weeks, or more often if I can get away with it. It's all in the planning ahead so I can make sure I can use my oxygen concentrator when I'm supposed to.”

Jerome is also feeling a lot better these days, since using his Solo.

“I used to feel tired all day when I was out in my boat, and now I know it was because I wasn't getting enough oxygen. Now that I use my concentrator when I'm out fishing, I can breathe all the oxygen in the air around me, and I feel so much more alive.”

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.

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