Nobody told me that my mother's concentrator had a filter.

Follow
Share

My mother has COPD. She is on oxygen most of the time. We moved her in with us two years ago. At that point she had already had an oxygen concentrator for a couple of years. She got it when I lived out of town. Well, I just stumbled over information about it having a filter that is supposed to be cleaned once a week. I should have thought of that, but this whole caretaker thing is often overwhelming and I'm always playing catch-up since my mother is not a fountain of information. Even my little sister, who is often the one who sorts out care issues (long distance), didn't realize about the filter. I feel like an idiot. The oxygen people never told me either. Now I'm thinking that the concentrator has been working harder, wearing out faster, and being less efficient because I never realized it needed its filter cleaned. Who knows where the original product info is. Mom used to keep product info for appliances all in the same place, but the concentrator info is not in that pile, and I don't recall seeing it when we moved her out of her place and into ours.
So this morning I'm trying to stop kicking myself because that doesn't really help, and as soon as my mother gets up I'm going to drag that concentrator out of her room and look it over. And I'll have to call the oxygen people because I don't think it has been serviced in the last couple of years. Sigh.

This discussion has been closed for comment. Start a New Discussion.
14

Comments

Show:
My mom keeps me in the dark most of the time also, and I'm usually playing catchup myself. Her loss.
We cannot know everything.
Thank you for sharing this info.. I didn't realize there was a filter either, but it makes sense.
If we are not there to ask the questions when something new comes along....how are we to know????
(0)
Report

most definately call the oxygen people...they should be able to help you...and come to your home and show you all the ins and outs. My mother has been on a concentrator for 3 yrs. now and I have had some of the same issues, lately the humidifier bottle. Don't beat yourself up. It's all a learning process. You can vacuum the filters. You also can request new equipment every 3 yrs. when on medicare. Good Luck!
(1)
Report

Yes..do not beat yourself up! Just move forward from here!
(0)
Report

Sounds like you are doing a great job! And you are on the right track about the O2 filter. You can find many manuals and instructions online if you know the make and model. The companies are putting manuals out there to download and offer 800 numbers to walk you through problems. Good Luck: Laura
(0)
Report

You are not the only one. I had no idea there was a filter in the concentrator. I'll have to go look at Mom's and see what I can discover. Thank you for the alert!
(0)
Report

mytripod and grandog4kids, you both sound like great caregivers. Unless a person receives a lesson or two about each piece of equipment, how would one know about all the technicalities? Like grandog4kids said, mytripod, don't beat yourself up. Mytripod, maybe you can tell grandog4kids what arrangements you have made so that your mother is looked after when you want a bit of time to yourself. I can understand grandog4kids and her husband definitely needing some off-duty time so that their own relationship isn't permanently damaged.
(0)
Report

My Mom living with us is also on oxygen 24 hours a day and has a concentrator. There is a lot that we don't know about all this, but don't beat yourself up over the filter deal. I was really nervous about all this equipment, the concentrator, the portable tanks, the regulators, etc. It has almost become second nature now. Sure takes a lot more effort to get her off to church, short shopping trips, or Dr. appointments. Hang in there!
(1)
Report

I am laughing!! My poor husband comes home from work and takes one look at me and KNOWS. He loves to say to me "let the Feng Shui, shui" easier said than done. I have said the same thing you have, and jail is not good, however do you sometimes think it might be? It helps me too, so much, to not feel like I am the worst daughter that lived for thinking such things-thank you
(0)
Report

seaglass, don't you worry about not supporting me. Just hearing that so many people go through the same thing, some much worse, does help me. I don't give enough support here, would like to be more positive, but some weeks positive is hard to come by. I found out this is the last week for home care. But I get to leave for two weeks starting next week, leaving poor hubby to deal. I couldn't do any of this without him. I stopped by his work yesterday because of my frustration with mom. I told him I was either going to kill her or tell her to move out. He said I wouldn't do well in jail, and that we will do what we have to do. Then he handed out hugs.
Virtual hugs to all of you.
(0)
Report

My Mom is one of those mean Moms you hear about-but just because yours is not doesn't make it any easier. My sister and brother will not have anything to do with her other than a few phone calls. She lives in a 3 room apartment in our home. Some days she is completely clueless, others sharp enough to really sting. I can not be around her more than a few minutes without getting so annoyed, and really, almost sick. I am also on Chemo (2 years) every 3 weeks, sometimes I pray for space from her. She is in fairly good health, drives (but shouldn't) I do her Meds. She has no friends, no interests, no hobbies and sucks the life out of me. When I asked for one day, yesterday, for her to please not call me or come pounding on my door(unless an emergency) my husband asked her , my sister asked her and she call ed 6 times, the last call calling me insane and hanging up. I just wanted to have a break from her, just one day. Oh , boy, I was supposed to support you and I end up with this. sorry, I will do better!! YOU HANG IN!!
(0)
Report

This discussion has been closed for comment. Start a New Discussion.
Related
Questions