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Does Anyone Know How The Va Handles Oxygen?

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I saw my primary care doc on Friday and my O2 levels would not get above 88 and he was referring me to pulmonary for the oxygen tanks and a portable system for when I leave the house, I guess this congestive heart failure is going to take me apart a small piece at a time, they were taLking about sending me home on oxygen from the hospital in April but my numbers were 94 and 96 so they didn't

my wife also asked about getting one of those lightweight wheelchairs that she can fold up and put in the trunk or the back seat of the car I can't walk any distance anymore I get short of breath just walking to the kitchen

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Test, you really should talk to Jerrel Cook. He can really help you. You really need a Scooter and a lift fo rthe Vehicle to saye a lot of hard work for the Wife.

John

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Test,

I am 4 liters of oxygen with exertion (walking, etc) and 5 liters while I am using the treadmill. The VA pays for all and Home Health Care comes out once a month and replaces all the tanks I use.

I use a pulse regulator which give me a pulse of oxygen every time I breathe in through my nose.

I use a condensor at night and it is continuse at 2.5 liters, also paid for by the VA and maintained by Home Health Care.

Last year when I went to my reunion they supplied me with a portable battery operated condenser.

I use an average of 11 B tanks and 4 small tanks per month. I have a side carrier for the B tanks and a back pack for the small tanks.

I have been using oxygen for a year because when I take off walking I go down to 73 or so which they said was hard on the right side of the heart so use your oxygen and take care.

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Everything Stays The Same Until It Changes

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Flatbroke,

That was an excellent post.

Thanks for chiming in and helping a vet.

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Test,

I am 4 liters of oxygen with exertion (walking, etc) and 5 liters while I am using the treadmill. The VA pays for all and Home Health Care comes out once a month and replaces all the tanks I use.

I use a pulse regulator which give me a pulse of oxygen every time I breathe in through my nose.

I use a condensor at night and it is continuse at 2.5 liters, also paid for by the VA and maintained by Home Health Care.

Last year when I went to my reunion they supplied me with a portable battery operated condenser.

I use an average of 11 B tanks and 4 small tanks per month. I have a side carrier for the B tanks and a back pack for the small tanks.

I have been using oxygen for a year because when I take off walking I go down to 73 or so which they said was hard on the right side of the heart so use your oxygen and take care.

Flatbroke

Everything Stays The Same Until It Changes

Flatbroke,

I have a question. My husband, Rockman is on oxygen (2 liters). He has a huge concentrator for use at night. He also has portable tanks, which he gets 11 each month delivered. All I know is that the size is M6/180L cylinder. Are your B tanks this size? Also what are the 4 small tanks you mentioned? We are going on a cruise in September and I am hoping that they will give Rockman a battery power concentrator.

His VA PCP wantes him to try and get a battery power unit while he still has private insurance, because it is much lighter for him. He has heart trouble and also pulmonary fibrosis. He goes in on the 20th to his private cardiologist and I do not look forward to this. I know he is worse. He will use up all of his leave by July, so he can stop working. Walking into work is nearly impossible. I believe that his cardiologist will have him take some FLMA and this will burn more of his hours and get him to quit earlier. He is at 60% now for AO IHD.

The sling backs they give you are so cheap. We went to Gander Mountain and got a great back pack and just took the water bladder out of it and put in his tank. It works great and will hold up.

Thanks for your time,

Mrs. Rockman

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      The VA DRO denied my claim for an earlier effective date for my sleep apnea. They originally denied it in 2008 but granted it in Nov 2019 secondary to my GERD. I was rated for GERD in 2001. So I had it in 2008. I have attached the 2008 denial, 2018 approval, and the NOD SOC. All of my medical files and the medical articles and VA Citations referenced were in existence in or before Jan 2008. The only new items were the NEXUS letter from Dr Bash and a few extra buddy letters. The original denial states that my medical records show no diagnosis or treatment and only isolated complaints of symptoms. The denial does not even list my wife's or my lay statements as evidence reviewed. I have symptoms listed numerous times in my SMRs:

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