I’m still a little shaky from the breathing treatment I had a while ago but we’ll see how this goes.
When I fed the Catz, I noticed the bare spots Black Tom had are almost all filled in. He was up to his old tricks this evening, wanting to be petted more than he wanted to eat.
Cuz had brought me some smallish and even smaller peaches last week. They finally ripened to the point that I could eat them. Then, yesterday, she brought me two big, beautiful peaches. They’re the kind you definitely don’t want to mess up so I’ll try to stretch them to cover the next several days. I wish I knew the variety. They look like Elberta but that would be just too perfect since that’s my all-time favorite. It’s hard to find them around here. The last time I had any was when I went to visit DD and merm and found some at a roadside market. This is the time of year for them in this area.
Since the goal has been met and exceeded (and people are still donating), I decided I’d go ahead and take the plunge. After I completed my daily chores and had my devotions, I wrote down all the questions I still had about the concentrator and sat down to chat.
Chatting is easier for me than talking on the phone. If I cough while I chat, it doesn’t blow out the eardrums of the person I’m communicating with.
“Brian M.” came on the chat line. I thought his name looked familiar and I knew for sure it did when he told me he’d chatted with me about the OxyGo. When I told him I had more questions, he answered, “Fire away!” So I did.
The double battery adds a lub to the weight of the concentrator plus the single battery to equal 5.8 lubs. That’s when I decided I would prefer more single batteries plus one double in case the power went off for an extended period of time.
The batteries come with about a 40% charge but they need to be fully charged before the concentrator is used on battery power alone. (It can be used with the AC power supply while it’s charging.)
The accessory bags are a gimmick that come with the OxyGo but they aren’t available with the Inogen.
An order over $500 qualifies for free shipping which isn’t hard to reach since a double battery is $495. I asked if I should order accessories with the concentrator or wait until after the 30 day trial. He said some of the accessories are non-returnable unless they are part of the initial shipment and then everything can be returned if, for some reason, the concentrator doesn’t work for me.
The three year warranty covers everything (except the columns with the sieve beds) unless the unit has been damaged through carelessness. After three years, it would be my responsibility to return the unit for repair and I’d have to cover all costs. The lifetime warranty covers the same except it’s ongoing.
The Inogen is designed in such a way that it provides oxygen flow at an accelerated rate if breathing is shallow. Therefore, it shouldn’t be a problem when used at night. I was advised to try it out at night to make sure it does what I need it to. It IS designed to be used 24/7.
He told me to think about it and get back to him when I decided what I wanted to order. I told him I’d already thought and I was ready. I ordered the Inogen One G2 System G3 Freedom Package 1 (it comes with three single batteries), a double battery, the desktop charger, an extra set of filters and he threw in the backpack for nothing. Later, he said he’d take the $100 off the charger and charge me for the backpack but it’s the same difference.
I decided to think positively so I opted for the lifetime warranty. Conventional wisdom says I won’t live another three years but who knows?
The chat system isn’t secure so he couldn’t take my credit card info until he called me. My card won’t be charged until everything is shipped, anyway. He called me and I gave him the information and that was that.
While we were chatting, I gave him my pulmonologist’s name, address, phone and fax numbers. On the phone, I gave him the contact person’s name so the fax won’t get lost. When the prescription gets back, it will be a go. I tried to call the office to give them a heads up but they were already closed. First thing tomorrow…
Well, I got in on a lot of Tom Barrack’s speech and you woulda thought The Donald is ready for sainthood. He was a one man crusade to right the wrongs wherever he went.
I watched Ivanka read her well-rehearsed speech. She’d stop at all the right places and the crowd would politely applaud. She painted a rosy picture of her father — but it might be that she has been shielded from the truth. When it came time for The Donald, it was evident he’d been rehearsed until there was no @realDonaldTrump left anywhere in the building. The speech was so canned, it should have had an expiration date. After a few minutes, I was bored to tears (almost) so I migrated away.
Today has been a landmark day. To be sure, Donald Trump’s acceptance of the nomination for POTUS was overshadowed by my progress in getting my portable concentrator.
And now, I’ll try to get some sleep. We’ll see if the excitement keeps me awake.