Hunting is a favorite pastime for many people, and you shouldn't have to stop because you're now using oxygen therapy. Bill T. was diagnosed with emphysema 5 years ago, and he was afraid that would mean the end of his hunting excursions. “I've been doing this for 30 years with my friends and I couldn't see giving it up. At first, I thought needing to use oxygen therapy was going to keep me stuck at home during hunting season, while the boys were out hunting the way we always did. My son suggested I go ahead and get a portable concentrator instead of liquid or compressed oxygen. I'm glad I went ahead and listened to him.”
Tracking down deer in the woods takes time, and time away from power sources needed to keep a portable oxygen concentrator charged. We asked Bill what he uses and how he is able to spend so much time away from home with his oxygen concentrator. “The oxygen concentrator I use is the Inogen G2 with the 24 cell batteries. I get about 5 hours of battery life on the setting I use, but I also carry with me 2 more batteries that I charged to 100% back at the cabin before we head out. I went ahead and got the battery charger, too. A few years ago we went out and I only had one backup battery, and I found myself having to go back to the cabin. Getting the second spare battery and a charger was worth it. Now I can take out the drained battery and stick in the backups. That gives me plenty of time.”
Hunting requires being silent enough so deer won't be alerted of your presence. “I couldn't have something buzzing away, scaring the deer away from me. It would be like going out in the woods and warning all them that I'm nearby! This one here is pretty quiet – quieter than a lot of the other ones that I looked at. Once I find a good location, it's like the animals in the area don't even know it's there, or they just get used to the sound if they do pick it up, since animals have such good hearing. After a while, I got used to it and I'm not even aware of the soft puff sounds anymore.”
We asked Bill what his favorite thing about his portable oxygen concentrator is, and about his best moment while using it. “My favorite thing is that I can basically carry on with what I was doing before. It took some getting used to and figuring out the best things to use and the best ways of doing things, but it was all completely worth it. It's almost like the thing pays for itself, because I'm not spending what I would have spent on oxygen deliveries.”
"My favorite moment was about 2 years ago, when I got my first major buck since I started using my oxygen concentrator. It showed up 15 yards away and came to drink at the stream I was sitting by. I heard there was a big buck around, but I didn't think I would be the one to get him, but I did."