Contributed by Bob Rawlins, oxygen user and consultant to CAIRE Inc. ~
So, if you have read any of my blogs in the past you would probably recognize that I have tried to put humor in most of them. Henceforth, my hashtag #laugheveryday.
After all, if we can’t laugh and at ourselves, our journey in life becomes quite boring and oh, so serious.
Whether in prime health or not, laughter is an outstanding medicine. I particularly like it when it comes to my current state of affairs.
But even when I wasn’t dealing with this new “life” so to speak, laughter was always a part of the process. I find people are way too serious about things. And, if you can’t laugh, then you tend to worry too much and that creates stress, and stress is a bigger health issue then most things in the world today. Laughter does the body good, stress does not.
So, how many times do you rush out the door, get in your car, go to start the car, only to find out you have forgotten an important item, THE KEYS? Or, that kid you are supposed to be dropping off at daycare, or track, or some other kind of activity. C’mon, not a dangerous forget, just a crazy, sweating, running around the house like a chicken with its head cut off, forget.
Do you laugh or get pissed off, sometimes one or the other, I suggest you smile first, then do what comes next. I will almost guarantee it will be a laugh or poke fun of yourself moment. It’s a great feeling! You will go back into the house much better and you won’t scare the crap out of your kids, or others, who might be around you at the time!
So, the infamous trips to pulmonary therapy, several times a week. Now, if you know what I am talking about, excellent, means you are exercising, which is so important for oxygen therapy, if possible, and your doctor suggests it. If you can exercise but don’t, first, shame on you, second, I’m sure you can relate.
Getting ready, how many times does the oxygen cord get wrapped around your feet and legs? For me it’s too many because, I still think I can move as fast as I use to. So, what do you do?
I tend to use the ole’ tug and pull routine, only to get resistance that causes me to become a little more frustrated. Then the light goes on and I say to myself, “Hey dummy, this oxygen cord is attached to a big heavy compressor that is not going to budge from the over 30+ feet away and, you are going to end up on your arse or experience a solid face plant in the floor.”
Instead I smile and untangle myself and move on. With maybe a few choice words that are best not repeated. 🙂
So, we are ready to get to the garage and get into the car. How many obstacles does the hose you are dragging around get stuck on things in the house. My number is three, on average, and I know this.
First, it’s a spare shoe in the path, clothing in the wrong spot, and the dreaded table or other piece of furniture. Ugh!!
Big holt and tug. Now, if that was it, maybe it would be kind of OK.
However, the nose cannula I’m using comes sliding off my face and pulls on the ears, which totally sucks. Man don’t know about you, but that for me, is the worst. And it happens an average of four to five times a day.*
*Sigh, the trials and tribulations of wearing oxygen. But breathing-easy my friends does take some effort.
So, is it hard to laugh at those instances every time? Yes, but, I still try. Give myself more time.
It’s funny, if we plan the right amount of time for everything we do, things tend to run more smoothly, don’t they? When we book ourselves up for too many things, meetings, events, etc. … the tendency for stress and unwanted pleasantries happen. It’s true. No doubt!
So, take your time my friends especially you O2 friends, and laugh at yourself.
There are many other funny things that happen I know, share if you like.
Till next time.
– Coach Bob
Bob Rawlins, 61, of Medina, Ohio, is husband to Terese and father to their 13-year-old triplets, a soccer coach, a hospital volunteer, and marketing guru. He uses a FreeStyle Comfort portable oxygen concentrator.
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