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    05-30-2014, 08:39 AM
Riding with O2

I am needing some help from my HF friends. As some of you may know or remember I have been having health problems for the last 4-6 months. I was diagnosed with Lupus about 7 years ago so health issuses are not new to me and my family.

In March it became increasingly difficult for me to breathe, now to be honest, I'm not a thin person (as one Dr noted, just incase I forgot 😳). Anyway after 5 hospitals, over 20 Drs and almost 20 CT Scans, MRI, and X-rays (yes if you turn the lights off I glow due to all the radiation 😱). Due to 7 years of prednisone use and having to get my labs checked every 7-12 weeks I have no veins lefts, so needless to say I am a hard stick. I try to be a good sport about this, it wasn't the nurse or phlebotomist fault my veins $uck so I try to allow as many sticks as they will try, as long as they are professional and are actually trying (I know most facilities only all 2-3 sticks per tech, but that can be too time consuming). With 3 different techs/nurses I've had as many as 12 sticks with still no access. (Appt for a port next week 🎉🎉)
After 13 days at Mayo Clinic in Rodchester, MN we have found I have been walking around with a "showering"(many little) of PE's in my lower right lung, a PE in my middle right lobe and a PE in my upper lobe (all right lung). A PE is a pulmonary embolism or blood clot in your lung. People typical do not survive a PE, let alone a showering or multiple, so yes I am definitely counting my blessings.
Mayo is wonderful!!! But I do have to say, they were even in agreement that after reviewing all my radiology CDs they did not see these on the past reports. I will be going back to Mayo in August to fiqure out WHY I'm having PE's, I may not survive the next one. And I'm young!! I've got things to do 😊.

OK so my real question, as it looks now I may be on Oxygen for the rest of my life. Does anyone here ride with O2? Where do you put it? Are there any problems you have that I wouldn't think of? Our horses are what have been getting us out of the house and given us pure enjoyment. We live in Southeastern Oklahoma, so we have beautiful riding everywhere.

I would love to hear other stories, thanks.
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    05-30-2014, 09:03 AM
Originally Posted by Cacowgirl    
Have you done it or are you asking if it can be done? I was put on oxygen a week ago, & will be starting hospice soon. Maybe even today. With my problem, though, the thing is I have no energy. I will be re-homing my mares as soon as I can, so they can start their new lives, as mine winds down.
Thanks for answering my other thread that I messed up on 😜. I'm sorry your having problems, if your like me, your just a little scared to say the least. I don't know if you are a Christian or a praying person, but I have found without laughter and prayer I'd be lost.

I started O2 March 26, I'm on 3 liters. I have a concentrator I use at home the then pure O2 bottles trips (grocery store Dr office). If you're new to the O2 thing my little bit of advise is put water on your home concentrator, I had such a dry nose and bloody nose until water was added.
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    05-30-2014, 09:06 AM
I don't ride with O2, but they do make backpack-style O2 tanks that are small and portable enough that you could conceivably wear one while in the saddle. The biggest thing would be making sure you are riding a very trustworthy, close-to-bombproof horse to try and minimize your risk of a fall, and that you get your horse used to what you look like when wearing and using a medical device. If the tank will make any sudden noises (again, I don't use oxygen, so I don't know), you need to spend time making sure your horse is OK with those too.

I would not attach anything essential to the horse, ever, so a backpack solution would probably be great for you. You can fall or become separated from even the MOST trustworthy of horses.
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    05-30-2014, 09:34 AM
I think Mulefeather is right on. In therapeutic riding, we do sometimes see riders who have oxygen tanks. This is what PATH Intl, the international therapeutic riding certification body, says about use of supplemental oxygen in riding activities:

"Oxygen supplementation may be prescribed for use during or following activity. Portable oxygen tanks may be carried next to the equine if secured. Tanks are generally too heavy for the participant to carry and should not be carried by the sidewalker unless a backpack is used so that their hands are free. Never secure equipment to the equine or tack. Caution should be taken that the equine is comfortable with the sounds of the oxygen compressor, particularly if the tube comes away from the tank. Emergency dismounts should be rehearsed so that tubing and the tank are taken care of without entangling. The medical history should indicate the maximum length of time that the rider can be without the oxygen supplement in case of an emergency. If suction is needed to clear an airway, either the participant should be taken off of the equine or the equine should be well trained to accept the noise of the suction machine. Pay particular attention to the participant’s position on the equine as some postures or positions may impact the ease of breathing." (p. L35 here)
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    05-30-2014, 09:56 AM
Hugs to you. I'd suggest driving. It can be a great way to keep horses in your life and you don't have to worry so much about the hows and wheres though I think a back pack unit could be put together and you could ride with that.
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    05-30-2014, 10:00 AM
Thank you so much for answering!!!

Our horses are now used to me and my nasal canula, I wear it daily so it is just part of me.

When my portable tank is full it weighs 4 pounds and lasts about 3 hours. Great for weight for not so great for time.

For those of you who do ride with these small tanks how do you ride longer than 3 hours?
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    05-30-2014, 10:09 AM
Originally Posted by QtrBel    
Hugs to you. I'd suggest driving. It can be a great way to keep horses in your life and you don't have to worry so much about the hows and wheres though I think a back pack unit could be put together and you could ride with that.
Lol.... I'm having a bad morning so I've been up since about 4 AM (Central) taking VERY strong pain meds, so I read this as "driving" such as 🚙 🚘, and I was like 😞, but I love my horses!!! But I get it now and actually it may be a great idea. We have actually thought about it.
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    05-30-2014, 10:23 AM
Green Broke
We had a friend who was on oxygen and trail rode. He had custom made saddlebags that his small O2 tanks would fit in and he had 2 tanks.
    05-30-2014, 10:52 AM
I have a friend in the same situation. She spent the better part of a year working out how to ride with a O2 bottle. Carrying even a small bottle in a backpack caused shoulder and back pain. It would also change her balance which is compromised to begin with. She uses a cantle bag for a short ride. For longer rides go with saddle bags. One tank on each side. Buy a packcloth set that you can easily make some adaptions to. Partition off part of the bag to keep the tank from flopping around. Make an insulated bag that you and slide the tank into. Keep riding just as long as you can.
    05-30-2014, 03:59 PM
I really do appreciate everyone's feedback. A saddle bag on each side (and on my husbands horse) will probably be the way we go.

To be honest I thought I would find more info online about this. I am trying to not let this limit my life, and our horses are a big part of our life.
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