Okay...this is the second time in two days. My Father-in-law went to his doctor appointment, where they did some simple tests off of his oxygen (having him walk up one hall and back, then seeing that his sats went from 92 on his oxygen to 88/89 in a minute or so) and told him that he is not yet okay to stop using supplemental oxygen. They have not yet determined the cause of the low sat readings, and one of the things we did after the appt. was go down to radiology and get a chest xray (he had broken a rib) to try and find the culprit so we can treat it or at least have a diagnosis.
Well, since then, I go in to check on him in the mornings and find the long hose attached to the concentrating machine discarded in a chair, cannula hanging down, while he is in his bed. I stand there and check his breathing to make sure it is still there (I hate doing this but it has become a compulsion), watch the rise and fall of his chest and then check his o2 when he wakes up. It is always 89 or so. Today has been the second time, too much for me, so I have prepared his things for the morning and help him into his chair and ask about his oxygen. He says, boldly, "I took it off last night." He says that he doesn't like the accumulation of bloody dried refuse in his nose, but I think the large part is that he hates being tethered to ANYTHING, even if just for house use.
We tried to talk to him, and he said, "When we went to the doctor appointment and then to the radiology waiting room, I didn't see ONE person wearing oxygen. As far as I see it, I am the only one wearing oxygen and don't see why I spent my whole life not having to have this, and now I do when everyone else doesn't!"
He glared at us in an almost challenging way, and in my head I was thinking, "because most of them are in the in-patient floors above you or in a nursing home!"
I don't know what to tell him, only keep repeating what happens when sats go below 92% and why oxygen is a lifeline and a friend, and in his case not even necessarily a permanent thing.
Is there something I can do, here? He is bucking the rules because he doesn't like the loss of the young man he used to be. My worry is that his defiance is going to inadvertently create some organ damage in the 10-12 hours he is at 89, 88, 82 percent or worse. Any ideas.