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

There is so much going on everywhere about this “monster” virus.

I’m sitting at my car dealership waiting for my car to get serviced. It’s busy, people are keeping their physical distancing and I’ve had conversations with most. Pretty normal to me

People are becoming very anxious, somewhat isolated, a little depressed, unsure about the future and more.

Understandable I believe. The unknown always has a habit of creating many emotions and if you aren’t careful can be very harmful to you going forward once our lives comeback to a normal status.

Life as we have known it for a while will not be the way it was, no doubt.

But, being the perennial optimist, I see good things changing and becoming better.

For instance, plexiglass at cashiers, healthier, maybe we can stop the spread of other illnesses as well. People don’t seem to mind, and it can be a good change.

Our society needs to be more health conscious in my opinion.

People have become more courteous to each other, more than ever I see. Also, not a bad thing.


Virtual meetings with friends and family, on a regular and planned basis is a plus.

I had five virtual meetings this past week. Catching up with family and friends. Having a few laughs, and just making sure all are doing the best they can.

Listening to those who are having a tougher time and helping them cope better. Sometimes, listening is all anyone needs.

People helping people more than I have seen in a while, such a blessing. I only pray that we will not forget these wonderful attributes and will continue for the unforeseeable future, 😊  prayers.

Those of us on this journey with a compromised respiratory system are not going to be as mobile as we would like. But, I have been sort of used to it these past four years.

More cautious yes, no vacations for a while. But, that’s ok. However, I do hate it when people patronize me due to my health.

“Bob, I understand how you feel you have an illness and need to be careful but us healthy people want to do what we want.” HMMMMM> SELFISH

Sorry, don’t want to offend you but yeah, I do.

Forget about us in this group. Care about others. People around you. Are you sure that the person you don’t know and getting close to doesn’t have an elderly person at home, a sick family member?

We all want our towns to open, but we also need to be mindful and think about our friends and neighbors as we make our decisions.

We also must control the worry wart in all of us. Don’t spend your time worrying about things you have no control over. It will make you nuts!!!

Your mentality is such a huge thing when coping with these circumstances. Keep your mental thoughts strong. Exercise that muscle, daily. Crossword puzzles, writing a journal about what you are feeling and going through right now.

Now is a great time to jump on a ZOOM meeting with a support group. Cleveland Clinic has them.

Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis: Resources Cleveland Clinic Support Groups

I was on one last week, it was fantastic. Everyone was sharing their experiences. Laughing about some things they were dealing with.

Help improve your immune system. Weight management, nutrition, stay calm, relieve stress and understand your medicines and vaccines.

When we are at greater risk than others, physically distancing is important.

If you are experiencing marital or family stress, resolve it. Talk it out. Don’t let it fester! Many counselors conduct sessions with families via Zoom now because of social distancing.

Become the caregiver of yourself. Reach out and communicate with others.

If you are having trouble with certain things on certain and different days, communicate to others. Make that phone call, you will feel better and of course deal with it better from someone who is there to help you.


Let’s not worry about when things are going to get better. Let’s deal with today and getting through each one with an added sense of accomplishment.



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 or by calling 1-877-704-0878to talk to an oxygen advisor.

The contents of this blog post are not intended to substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician for personalized medical advice. When using any oxygen therapy device please consult the applicable product instructions for use for product indications, contraindications, warnings, precautions, and detailed safety information.