Contributed by Bob “Oxygen Man” Rawlins, oxygen user and consultant to CAIRE Inc. ~
Remember as a kid, your parents would say get outside and enjoy the fresh air. Stop sitting in front of the “Idiot” box. LOL
Well now, it might be more like. “Hey kids, grandkids, go watch a movie or something and give your eyes a break from your phones, video games, electronics, etc.”
There is much more to TV than ever before. The idea of seeing new movies, classics, and oldies seemed like a future endeavor not too many years ago. Right?
I know all of us on this journey of coping with a respiratory health condition continue to look for ways to keep busy and mentally strong during this period of staying isolated and away from our normal activities. I can’t believe I’m going to say this but, there is very stimulating TV available.
Streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, DIRECTV, and free channels with some TVs like LG and Samsung can provide hours and hours of entertainment.
These are my favorites. 😊
What to watch? I don’t watch much of the regularly planned shows. Mainly because, I’m too impatient to wait until the following week to see what happens next. So, I will tape some that I like, very few, and then binge watch them when I have a decent amount of shows saved.
The Voice, I like. Probably because of my fantasy days of when I used to sing and thinking I missed my calling. 😊
I saw a rather good movie on Netflix just last night. The Impossible, a resilient movie based on a true story from the great Tsunami of 2004 off the shores of southeast Asia. If you remember, it was a devastating catastrophe of mother nature. Worth the watch.
The Queens Gambit, short series, something for the older kids. Very inspirational and a must for any chess player.
There are so many films and series that portray the world we live in. Several of these that fall in the drama category include – Fauda, Pine Gap and Patriots Day.
I like the way they categorize them on both Netflix and Amazon by genre. Helps with finding just the right entertainment depending on the mood you are in or the mood you want to be in.
I have enjoyed Breaking Bad, Shameless, Orange Is the New Black, Longmire, Arrow, Ozark, and the likes. It is so much better being able to binge watch them without commercials instead of waiting each week with commercials. LOL
Being a history buff, I like things like the Roman Empire, The Last Kingdom, and any content relating to World War I and II, and the Vietnam War, etc. I also like the documentaries and the events made from true stories.
There is an answer for most moods. It helps pass the time. Especially, on those down days. We all have them.
The Carpenters sang it best, “Rainy days and Mondays always get me down.”
You can only read so much, and it is good to see things come to life on the screen, right?
The other thing I like to do. Is when I’m watching one of those events based on a true story or even fictional, I will research with the internet as well. Understanding the motive or inspiration behind making the film or just gaining a better understanding of the overall interpretation of the events is fascinating.
Are they real? Are there fictional characters, etc.
Oh, Designated Survivor you must watch, especially for its political intrigue. Pretty cool. If you like Kiefer Sutherland, it’s a must.
Movie night is generally every Saturday here. Trying to decide what to watch and having five people can be challenging but the time together is always a night to remember.
I suggest inviting those family members you deem, “safe” – those who are observing heightened safety measures, over in small groups with you for movie night. We order Chinese food or cook a simple meal.
You could have them bring the food and drinks. Nice to not be alone if you don’t have to be.
Isolating and quarantine is hard enough. It’s even harder with COVID-19, but we still need company during this journey and the difficult times like these.
We must be more careful then most. Maybe it’s just family and close friends that you know are safe.
Have your doctor be involved and make sure they know what you are doing. People who aren’t sick or on this journey, please recognize how important it is to be safe around those in a compromised group.
Enjoy my friends. Become your own movie critic and share your findings.
Tell next time. Love to you all!!
#laugheveryday #touchaheart #breathe-easy
Bob Rawlins, 61, of Medina, Ohio, is husband to Terese and father to their 16-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 a transportable oxygen concentrator for overnight travel.
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.
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