News Flash!

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.

Carry BagHe 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.

16 Responses to News Flash!

  1. Lila July 22, 2016 at 7:12 am #

    Sounds to me like your decision took a lot of research just to know what you were choosing between! Very complicated. Glad it’s done, and I hope the concentrator will make the quality of your life much better.

    • Tommie July 22, 2016 at 10:51 am #

      And that was just a little of what I’ve learned lately!

  2. Alice Fontana July 22, 2016 at 9:31 am #

    Woohoo!!! A giant leap forward for you!! and its got God’s blessings all over it. How long before the concentrator arrives? I’m so excited for you….

    • Tommie July 22, 2016 at 10:52 am #

      The prescription has to be faxed back and that might not happen until Monday. Who knows how long it will take to get here, then?

  3. Mary Jane Graves July 22, 2016 at 11:02 am #

    Wonderful that the concentrator is on the way!

    Not so wonderful that The Donald is also on the way. We can still hope for the right outcome (whatever that is!).

    • Tommie July 22, 2016 at 11:14 am #

      It isn’t on the way yet — just in process.

      Only one thing will stop The Donald and that’s voting for Hillary in November. I know that’s repugnant to some and there are those who will vote Green Party or Libertarian to make a statement but either of those votes can throw it to The Donald.

  4. JK July 23, 2016 at 5:14 am #

    Tommie I am so happy for your “progress” on the concentrator purchased. As for the conventions, the are glorified pep rallies and I can only take small doses since I have no team to cheer for? Have a wonderful weekend. Breathe well until (and after) you get your new “toy”.

    • Tommie July 23, 2016 at 11:41 am #

      You’re right, JK. They ARE glorified pep rallies! The one that just ended was selling fear more than anything, though.

  5. Cherie July 23, 2016 at 6:34 am #

    Tommie, so happy you are going to have your concentrator soon! You are a thorough researcher and I know it will be the one you feel will work best for you.

    • Tommie July 23, 2016 at 11:44 am #

      Cherie, there was a lot to consider. I ended up ordering the base unit I’d looked at to begin with but I changed my mind about the batteries since the double adds so much weight. I decided it would be best for power outages and went for more of the singles.

  6. Anonymous July 23, 2016 at 1:49 pm #

    Your use of a religious forum for indirect fund raising sure makes me uncomfortable as have some of your posts there. I realize I may simply choose to not frequent the upper room website and will do so. Still, it is my hope that you will consider the possibility of this point of view and be very careful in the future.

    Thank you

    • Tommie July 23, 2016 at 2:17 pm #

      I sent a reply to the email address provided but it bounced back with the message that the account has been disabled or discontinued. My reply to you is as follows:

      I’m sorry you misunderstand. It was only with the members’ encouragement that my daughter set up the Go Fund Me page. Later, I would post the link to the page when it was requested.

      It’s up to you whether or not you frequent the site but you may miss a blessing if you stop. It’s been an integral part of my devotional time for more years than I can count so I will continue to read and, yes, post comments. I started doing that regularly when I ran across the earliest of Adam’s prayers. You see, every day I read the current devotional and then the one from three years prior. I will have already read that one but, after that length of time, it’s new again.

      I pray God’s blessing will be with you today and that you won’t judge others as you have me. I’m thankful that I’ve learned not to let experiences like this one impact my health. As fragile as it is, it doesn’t take much.

  7. Les July 23, 2016 at 11:47 pm #

    I would like to address the person critical of you posting a link to your GFM page on the Upper Room site.

    As an Upper Room reader for years, I have been blessed by Tommie’s posts, she prays for others and encourages others. Recently it became apparent to many of us that she had a need, and I and others encouraged Tommie to let us help her by setting up a GFM page. She was very reluctant but finally her daughter set it up. Many of us were thrilled to be able to help.

    Faith without works is dead. If a religious website that encourages others to live out Christian principles can’t be a vehicle to do just that, it’s pointless and dead. I thank God for the opportunity to put into practice the things learned in those daily devotionals.

    Many, many religious organizations ask for money but don’t use it wisely or never help those in need. This was a practical need and I can think of no better place to give than to someone who needs a medical device to help them breathe.

    I’m sorry you viewed that negatively, and I hope you consider how scary it must be to have trouble simply breathing and worrying that your oxygen tank will run out when leaving home for groceries or a doctor’s appointment. I hope you will see that the peace of mind and positive impact on Tommie’s health this has brought about is a good thing. As for me and all the others who God used to fill this practical and even life-saving need, I’d do it all again and would tell Tommie the same.

    • Tommie July 23, 2016 at 11:58 pm #

      Thank you so much, Les. I’ve tried to think of more to say but I keep coming back to “thank you”.

  8. Les July 24, 2016 at 6:57 am #

    You’re quite welcome, Tommie! God bless you and keep you and keep posting on the Upper Room!

    • Tommie July 24, 2016 at 11:53 am #

      Blessings on you and your household! I’ll be there daily as long as I can!

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