User Perspective: Visiting Denver While on Oxygen

Denver is one of the most interesting cities in the US. Not only is there beautiful scenery, including majestic mountain ranges and forests for the rugged outdoorsy types, but plenty of nightlife and culture for people who are more into the city side of things. This city is high up in the mountains, and its nickname, "the Mile High City" actually has a literal meaning – it's exactly one mile above sea level! Denver is one city that should be on everyone's travel bucket list, and if you use oxygen therapy, then it's even better!

Marla was born in Denver, but she was transplanted when she was a kid to California. As a young adult, she moved back and hasn't looked back. She's also an oxygen therapy patient, and she knows all the ins and outs of this active and intellectual city. She has some advice to give about using a portable oxygen concentrator for those who might be new to it, as well as some advice for people new to Denver.

I started smoking cigarettes when I was very young, which was a big mistake since I have severe emphysema now. Don't smoke, kids! But thankfully, I'm not totally paying for my mistakes. I can still get around town, and pretty much everywhere else. I get to take a plane every summer to see family on the east coast, and thanks to my SimplyGo, I was able to go on vacation to Brazil and Italy!

But about my home city: I'm almost stumped as to where to start. For something that anyone would enjoy that isn't too specialized or strenuous, one of the first things you might want to check out is the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. The museum is an educational place, which is great for my grand-kids that were traveling with me. There's also a planetarium and an IMAX theater!

For this day trip, make sure you're all charged up with battery life; internal batteries, external or battery packs, whatever you're using. You don't want to have to stop anywhere for an emergency battery charge. That would just be a huge mood killer for you and everyone there. I recommend getting the accessory bag so you can carry those extra batteries around, or a nice big carry bag, or the backpack if your concentrator comes with that option.

Here's one that's perfect for the sports enthusiast: take the tour at Mile High Stadium! I went there once with my ex-husband and it was cool seeing the parts of a stadium that you wouldn't normally see while at a game somewhere else. You get to see things like the team entrance tunnel and the TV and radio broadcast rooms on the tour.

Do you remember hearing about the "unsinkable"Molly Brown, who survived the Titanic disaster? She was a humanitarian and activist, and you can take a tour of her home. She wasn't originally from Denver but decided to make it her home after her husband struck gold. She's very much a part of this city's history.

Oh, and of course, you can go hiking in the mountains! You should check with your doctor to make sure this is okay first, but with an oxygen concentrator, you should be just fine. Many people without lung problems use them in a higher altitude to avoid getting woozy because of the thinner air.

Video Guide to Visiting Denver with a Portable Concentrator

Updated: November 7, 2019
Published: January 6, 2015

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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