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Contributed by Bob Rawlins, oxygen user and consultant to CAIRE Inc. ~ 

We are taught very early in life that there are five basic senses: touch, sight, hearing, smell and taste.

People have written about them. Artists have painted about them. Rembrandt, around 1624-25, had a somewhat famous work – “The Senses.”

Many discussions around the scientific, philosophical and methodological meanings (that’s a mouthful, LOL) about our senses have been the topic of many research papers and education for many years.

Science was never my favorite subject, and I never spent much time on trying to figure out what was my best sense is or the best sense of others.

However, I do know that mothers have a special sense, it’s the “Mom Sense.” Am I right? Mind readers, the sense of knowing when you are guilty, of something. This made me crazy when I was young but then soon realized as I got older, that “Mom Sense,” kept me out of tons of trouble that I might have gotten myself into otherwise. Thanks Mom. 😊 I miss you every day.

Now many of you may have heard about the vestibular sense for our balance. Ever get a symptom called vertigo? Scary, because you have no sense of balance. And it can come from many things. I call it the “drunken sailor” symptom.

With my current illness journey, it does rear its head from time to time. Thank goodness it’s rarer now. But man, is it crazy strange. Like a feeling of being on a glass of wine all the time. With more violent episodes of feeling nausea and a stumbling, mumbling town clown. LOL

It is amazing friends how it is so easy to take for granted the many things God has been so gracious to give us. Then when things change and we don’t have those same senses at times, it is so easy to become depressed, sad, even angry!

I am sure all of you on oxygen therapy can relate or at least have seen some of these challenges of the senses in others you’ve been around.

Low oxygen can cause the light-headed feeling, nausea, faintness and even balance issues.

That’s why I have been learning quickly to pay attention to what my body is telling me and how to avoid those scenarios. We all should.

I used to be somewhat vain when it came to wearing oxygen 24/7. At home, in public, anytime. But, as I have said before, we are special!

We aren’t invincible, one of the things I learned from the “Mom Sense.” It’s ok, we aren’t perfect, and we never were. No one is.

One thing I do believe is that kindness, sympathy and passion are another most important sense all rolled into one – what I believe encompasses the “sixth sense.” Those who are lucky enough to be born with it or try every day to achieve it are special. Just my opinion.

However, what great boss, leader, friend or person you are thinking of right now that didn’t have this sense. Do you still remember them, or have you learned something from them, wanted to be around them, and follow them to this day?

There is a reason. It seems simple. If the world and its leaders had more of this sense it would probably be an even better world, right?

Well, I think good caregivers, doctors, nurses must own this sense. I can still remember many of their faces and I haven’t seen them in almost three years since I left my eight-week-stay in the hospital, but I can still see them. I have stopped back a few times and it is a special reunion each time.

I see new ones every week when I volunteer. I have also met many people while on this journey that I swear have this “sixth sense” – it’s a special trait.

Makes me want to be better. It also helps me deal with the challenges I have every day and will have for many more years to come. And, looking forward to what lies ahead.

Live your life every day to the fullest. It’s hard I know at times. That’s ok if you can find that “sixth sense.” Look for it in others and find it in yourself.

Love you all!



Laugh Every Day!!!

– Coach Bob

Bob Rawlins, 61, of Medina, Ohio, is husband to Terese and father to their 13-year-old triplets, a soccer coach, a hospital volunteer, and marketing guru. He uses a FreeStyle Comfort portable oxygen concentrator.  

If you have been prescribed oxygen therapy, learn more about CAIRE by visiting or by calling 1-877-704-0878 to talk to an oxygen advisor.