ABG Test

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How soon will I know if I need oxygen have test this Friday 9/3/18 thank you

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    Everyone progresses differently, your doctors and medical team will be able to advise you about your treatment. This will depend on results of tests etc. and how you are coping with everyday living. One of the most important things is to try not to worry, I know it's easy to say but not easy to do, but worry won't help at all. Good luck with your tests on Friday, let us know the outcome please.

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    Blood gases an unusual test nowadays in the absence of an immediate severe illness, at least in Central Texas. Nurses, etc., so rusty on the procedure that I'd be hesitant.

    But to answer: docs are quick to tell you if they feel you need oxygen. Never any delay. My ex needed it about 13 years after COPD DX while I still don't. He was at much higher stroke risk, too.

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    My doctor prescribed oxygen as soon as I was diagnosed.  I did not know I had COPD until I was diagnosed and was at Stage 2.  I use the O2 only during the night and if I take a nap at some time during the day.  I truly feel it has saved my life!!  I am sad to see people that dread the day they have to use oxygen.  I am grateful that my doctor AND my pulmonary doctor prescribed O2 immediately.  I have a LOT of energy, have not had to use my rescue inhaler at all for 7 years and my appetite is great!  I walk 2 to 3 miles a day.  I am on Spiriva and Symbicort daily.  I am 76 years old but feel 40!!!  I actually plan to live another 20 years!!!!  smile
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      no shame in using oxygen. except if still smoking. yes, there are some very stupid people out there. The combination of Spiriva and symbicort really helping me also. I have a head start on you, im 88 years old and feel like 50. My plan is to live to 100, only 12 years to go. Then i will set a goal for 120... Moses did iwinkt
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      Yes, Morty, you are amazing!  I have never been told "how much time" I have and I don't want to know.  You have proven that time predictions can be SO wrong!!  Keep up whatever you are doing!! XOX

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    Results of the ABG test will reveal all.  You probably know by now.  How did you get on?
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    Well that was a waste of time ,do not need oxygen when sitting or resting Making new appointment to test when walking ect .Ido not go out any more get out off breath having shower getting dressed and playing with new Grandson.

     

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      exertion.....thats where o2 is generally needed. cant and shouldnt sit around. inquire about getting a POC.
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      being short of breath with a diagnosis of COPD is a usual day to day experience.  Being short of breath doesn't necessarily mean you need oxygen.  Oxygen isn't prescribed just because you are short of breath.

      Good news you do not need oxygen when sitting or resting, keep fingers crossed you pass the the walk test too.

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    I expect by now you will have the results back from your ABG test,  hope it was good news.
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