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Contributed by Bob “Oxygen Man” Rawlins, oxygen user and consultant toCAIRE Inc. ~

#ALONETOGETHER

I saw and read this here in our Cleveland newspaper! Obviously a COVID-19 mention.

It really is a good hashtag if you stop and think about it.

We have all felt somewhat alone at times. Like that person standing on their own island looking to be rescued. I would venture to say that some might not be worth saving, but that’s another story for another time. 😊

This world we live in gives us lots of reasons to feel isolated, not heard, frightened, and all alone.

Our workplace and experiences can create lots of these feelings, if you let them. Easier said than done, I know.

Now, we have another challenge to deal with, COVID-19. Many are out of work and many are forced to be in isolation or even quarantined.

This can create tons of anxiety and anguish, no doubt.

We’ve talked about this while being on our lung disease journey as well. Many of us have already been somewhat isolated or quarantined to protect our auto-immune deficiencies, right?

So, since you are now the experts, share your successes, people!!!

Help others not go crazy, or nuts, LOL.

First, laugh at yourself. Have you ever caught yourself talking into a mirror? I mean a real conversation. Yep, I have. No one around and I decided to talk to the smartest person in the room. 😊

You can only do so much writing and reading. I took to some video shorts on YouTube. Click the link to see more. It’s been fun.

Movies and TV can also get you brain dead.

I tend to take more walks and try to get some yardwork done.

Make a solid list of things to get done with no end date. People say that will create procrastination. Maybe, but it can also let you tackle these chores at a good pace while staying in line with your health requirements AND FEEL PRODUCTIVE AS WELL.

In the working world it’s not so easy. People have timelines and due dates. But, work out further and spend less time putting out fires all the time!

The Pulmonary Fibrosis Newsletter has provided some great reading and ideas. Click the link to learn more and subscribe.

If you have been prescribed oxygen therapy, visit CAIRE’s website to see instructional videos, educational materials, and learn more about products available to help you stay active. Also, check out the CAIRE blog where you will find me and another great blogger, Jim Nelson, a double lung transplant recipient and COPD advocate. Learn from the experiences of others during this difficult time.

We have started some virtual family meeting times with ZOOM, FaceTime, Skype and others. This is an awesome way to stay in touch with family and friends and ease the sense of being alone or too isolated.

I get frustrated not being able to venture out anymore. I mean to stores, shopping, grocery shopping, etc.

If you have a compromised health situation, remember, it’s not that it is easier for us to contract COVID-19 but, if we do catch it, we are more vulnerable to complications.

Therefore, staying away from the public all together is just been more than just challenging for me physically, but also emotionally and mentally. How about you?

I miss being able to volunteer and talk with patients one on one and in person. Talking on the phone is good but not the same. But it will have to be. This will all pass soon enough; I pray every day.

Virtual cooking is fun. This past Easter I made Easter bread and colored eggs. I believe there were more creative colored eggs from the Easter Bunny this year, 😊

Sewing masks and making them more personal for our nurse friends and family has also been a great past-time right now.

My next venture may be into card tricks, I have learned and started to perfect about five to six new card tricks, can’t wait to play some poker, lol.

So, my friends, you are not alone!

Make the isolation and quarantine as productive and fun as possible. #mentalstrength!

Make that hobby you always wanted to be good at a reality.

Call or reach out to someone TODAY!!!

#Laugheveryday

#touchaheart

#breathe-easy

We are #ALONETOGETHER!

Till next time, Love you ALL!!!

Coach Bob

Bob Rawlins, 61, of Medina, Ohio, is husband to Terese and father to their 14-year-old triplets, a soccer coach, a hospital volunteer, band dad and chaperone, and marketing guru. He uses a FreeStyle Comfort portable oxygen concentrator and an eQuinox portable oxygen concentrator for overnight travel. 

If you have been prescribed oxygen therapy, learn more about CAIREby visiting www.caireinc.com/patients or by calling1-877-704-0878to talk to an oxygen advisor.

When using any oxygen therapy device please consult the applicable product instructions for use for product indications, contraindications, warnings, precautions, and detailed safety information.

 

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