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

Can you sort of guess what this stands for?

Today, I will discuss this phenomenon called CFS, that many more are dealing with since the outbreak of COVID-19.

However, some of us, including me, are currently under the huge umbrella of CFS.

Just like the many lung diseases under the Interstitial Lung Disease umbrella, this CFS umbrella is starting to evolve into a big deal as well.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can be a symptom, and a chronic disorder or disease.

Many of us on this journey we are on with lung disease will and have experienced CFS.

Mine is chronic it appears and is a constant challenge for me no matter how much I rest or workout. It is very frustrating, but I am learning to manage it.

Any of you suffer from this as well?

“Energy Envelope,” is what some doctors refer to. Knowing your personal limits.

Both emotionally, and physically. It has helped me to deal with it better

Again, the causes aren’t fully understood and you don’t have to have an underlying illness to have it either.

Many people that work every day can suffer from these similar symptoms.

I believe it could be caused by stress. At home, work and sports – any number of things.

So, learning to control or live with it is so important!

But as mentioned in the video, I’m talking about CABIN FEVER SYNDROME, LOL.

Yep. I get it more from dealing with my ILD. Having to quarantine or separate myself from any illness in the house or whatever.

But now millions will be suffering from this CFS craziness as we are asked to stay home. YES, STAY HOME. #STOPTHESPREAD!

Cabin fever can eat you alive if you let it. Don’t feed the monster!!!

Enjoy family time. Play games and watch some old movies. Start a new hobby or enhance an old one.

Depending on the hobby naturally. Target practice with your .22 isn’t probably a good idea in the house. 😊

But cooking more. Learning to play music. Or, just listening to some old music you have forgotten.

I started listening to Herb Albert and the Tijuana Brass again. My son plays trumpet, heard the music, and now he is learning to play it, sweet!!!

If you are one of the unfortunate ones that is alone or somewhat isolated. Try making some phone calls and touch base with those you could never reach AT HOME prior to COVID-19. Chances are, they are there now. 😊

Facetime is great! Visit from afar. I love that many families are visiting through windows, waving, talking, singing, whatever. Very cool!!

Write some letters and short notes and mail them to your friends. Or, like some are doing, send some thoughts of inspiration to those they don’t know.

Reach out and touch somebody! The kindness is becoming unbelievable all over.

This is a tough time for all of us.

I remember when I first got sick and how I thought this was going to be the biggest challenge in my life. It hasn’t let me down, it has been. But it is also some of the best years of my life.

When we get through this as a country we will look and back and think, that was some crazy and amazing times. We will recall the crazy mistakes we made and learn from them. But we will remember the amazing things people did to get us through this and make us an even better nation.

So, Friends,

#laugheveryday, #breathe-easy, #touchaheart, #STOPTHESPREAD!

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 CAIRE by visiting www.caireinc.com/patients or by calling 1-877-704-0878 to 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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