Posted April 25th, 2012, 02:39 PM
Thank you so much for this information. We will check about the rental from our oxygen supplier for home use and also with the doctor. Are there units that you can plug into a car battery too? How long does a battery last? Did you purchase your Sequal III?
Hi Sailaway -
My DH uses O2 full time. He can use pulse when out and about (though does not at home - but that's only because the "big" unit our medical will pay for does not have that option). We have the Respironics Evergo for pulse use. It can be a bit heavy (we have the "travel" pack - that includes around 6 to 8 hours at 2 - 3 litre pulse flow) plus we have 2 additional batteries (and a desk-top charger and a car charger). There are lighter models (less battery life included - just have more batteries available would solve it).
We also take the Sequal Eclipse III. This we use in the cabin (though it is on a "cart" and could be taken anywhere on the ship or port). We have 3 batteries for this (though, we keep it plugged in while in the cabin - just use the associated charger to keep batteries full - this model also has, as another poster mentioned, the car charger).
My DH really had some issues with the tanks (a "guy" thing I think really). So, he carries the Evergo (google it - it looks like a video camera bag), so it's not really noticable. Sometimes, on the ship, he'll use his rollator (so he doesn't have to carry the Evergo
When he used the scooter (Pride Go Go - Rental) in Nassau, he just put the Evergo by his feet and I kept the 2 extra batteries in my backpack ("just in case" we needed them - as well as 2 rain ponchos to use to cover him and the scooter in case of a shower).
While the logistics of having all this (and packing) was a bit overwhelming for me at first - this cruise we just completed was our very best one to date. DH was mobile the entire time, didn't tire out and we had so much fun. Now that I know the drill, I can't wait to "pack" for September!