From the perfect storm to a new calling (continued)

Contributed by Carla Barnes, CAIRE Inc.

~ Part Two ~ 

According to Bob Rawlins, the eQuinox portable oxygen concentrator offers unlimited portability which is easily transported to his kids’ athletic events, but also his new job, volunteering at the local hospital.

“My new calling is to give inspiration to other people who are suffering from similar disabilities,” he said. “I am here to tell them it is not the end. Also, that I know how you feel. I know you are asking yourself, ‘Where is my life going? and How long am I going to live?’ … I know.”

Rawlins said that most of the time he just delivers a newspaper and some friendly conversation, but he finds more times than not they want to ask him about his eQuinox.

“You gotta have an attitude to be on oxygen therapy. You have to ask yourself, ‘What do I want to live for?’”

Rawlins said finding a level of acceptance was huge throughout his ordeal and facing his daily routine.

“There are people who have decided they want to sit in the chair and not have oxygen therapy. I just decided that I was not going to sit in a chair and not be on oxygen. Of course I went through asking why this had to happen to me, but it has now become a second nature to me and my family,” he said.

Rawlins said there is a good chance he might not ever get off oxygen therapy, but for him his primary goal is to stabilize his health, and reach a level of wellness that will slow down any future pulmonary fibrosis and keep other sickness away.

“I’m not going to let this stop me. I’m going to control what I can control,” he said.

He credits his use of oxygen therapy and pulmonary rehabilitation as being essential in building up strength to avoid not only illnesses, but falls.

“We are all dependent on oxygen for our bodies to stay strong,” he said.

Because he has built up his strength, he has even been able to resume some of his favorite hobbies. He recently took a trip with his eQuinox to Florida to golf. Armed with two 24-cell battery cartridges he learned he can enjoy the full course and still get the oxygen he needs.

“I can do nine holes on one battery and then I switch out the battery to finish out the rest,” he said. “The machine is phenomenal. It has changed my life.”

To learn more about the eQuinox, call a CAIRE oxygen advisor at 1-877-704-0878.

To view a similar product to the eQuinox, check out the economical Eclipse 5®, CAIRE’s premier, single-source oxygen therapy system which offers all of the same features – continuous flow oxygen up to 3 LPM, and pulse dose settings 1-9 with industry-leading bolus sizes up to 192 mL. Offering advanced pulse delivery features including autoSAT® Technology, and adjustable bolus rise time and trigger sensitivity, the Eclipse 5® allows for customization of the dose to best meet the needs of the individual patient. Learn more at

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