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My COPD has left me with 30% capacity. I trust my Pulmonary Specialist (Dr.) as he has had me try most of the powder inhalers, a nebulizer, and mist inhalers, Each day is a new adventure as to just how good or bad I will feel throughout the day. All too often it is a roller coaster ride that I can't get off of. I must plan just how I will exert each short burst of energy and where I'm going to pause every 12 feet to pant and regain my breath. Taking a bath or a trip to get groceries from the store is a true ordeal.
When I visit my Dr., he has me do the walk to test my oxygen level as I exert myself. I get 20 feet or so and have to stop and rest leaning on a counter as the Assistant checks the appratius they had placed earlier on my finger. 95 they say, you don't qualify for oxygen they say. I say it's not right that medical providers who would allow oxygen are restricted to prescribing per some arbitrary rule set forth by people that only see money and not patients that should get oxygen. It makes me wonder just how much worse I must get to be qualified for a therapy that I feel would help me greatly.
Frustrated, yes I am. Oxygen could help me live a better life, but I'm denied because my insurance won't cover it. I can't afford oxygen if I had to pay for it all by myself, yet my Dr told me he would write the prescription but my Insurance would not cover it.
Better health if you can pay for it yourself.
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