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Old 11-25-2023, 02:55 PM
 
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I have a history of low oxygen due to a combination of sleep apnea, chronic bronchitis and respiratory allergies. Today I have felt drowsier than normal and having issue with staying awake and that feeling I'm not getting enough oxygen. I live alone, just moved here so I don't know anyone local and scared about waiting around for something to happen. Should I call 911? I hate diverting resources away from potentially more serious issues but know nighttime can be worse if left untreated further, and just need oxygen administered I think.
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Old 11-25-2023, 03:01 PM
 
Location: Jollyville, TX
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I have a history of low oxygen due to a combination of sleep apnea, chronic bronchitis and respiratory allergies. Today I have felt drowsier than normal and having issue with staying awake and that feeling I'm not getting enough oxygen. I live alone, just moved here so I don't know anyone local and scared about waiting around for something to happen. Should I call 911? I hate diverting resources away from potentially more serious issues but know nighttime can be worse if left untreated further, and just need oxygen administered I think.
Yes - call and tell them you are having potential medical issues and it’s not safe for you to drive. Chances are they’ll dispatch EMT resources from the local fire station. They’ll check you out and determine if you need to be transported to the ER. That’s what they do - don’t feel bad about calling them.
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Old 11-25-2023, 04:16 PM
 
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Consider that your building anxiety about this is probably making things worse. Call and get checked out. Even if you aren't in
actual O2 deprivation, the relief of knowing will do you good.

Consider getting yourself a fingertip pulse oximeter from a local pharmacy. They're readily available these days. Being able to doublecheck it for yourself will also ease your anxiety.

https://www.healthline.com/health/be...ulse-oximeters

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Old 12-02-2023, 08:10 PM
 
Location: clown world
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make sure you are getting plenty of iron
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Old 12-02-2023, 09:58 PM
 
Location: NJ
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I have a history of low oxygen due to a combination of sleep apnea, chronic bronchitis and respiratory allergies. Today I have felt drowsier than normal and having issue with staying awake and that feeling I'm not getting enough oxygen. I live alone, just moved here so I don't know anyone local and scared about waiting around for something to happen. Should I call 911? I hate diverting resources away from potentially more serious issues but know nighttime can be worse if left untreated further, and just need oxygen administered I think.


If you call 911, how will you get home from the hospital? Have you used Uber or one of the ride apps?

That would be a concern of mine if it was me. I don't use Uber.

I agree to get a blood oxygen meter. You can easily buy one from Amazon or Walmart.
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Old 12-03-2023, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Juneau, AK + Puna, HI
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I have a history of low oxygen due to a combination of sleep apnea, chronic bronchitis and respiratory allergies. Today I have felt drowsier than normal and having issue with staying awake and that feeling I'm not getting enough oxygen. I live alone, just moved here so I don't know anyone local and scared about waiting around for something to happen. Should I call 911? I hate diverting resources away from potentially more serious issues but know nighttime can be worse if left untreated further, and just need oxygen administered I think.
How about an update-what did you do?

As others have said, get an oxygen meter and possibly an oxygen concentrator. There are fairly portable, battery powered ones now available.

Also, a program of regular aerobic exercise would be beneficial.
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Old 12-08-2023, 06:27 AM
 
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I have been diagnosed with a lung disease, and at some point will need supplemental oxygen when my blood oxygen % drops to 88%. I'm currently at 92% to 94%, with a low of 91%, so for now, I'm good.

Please invest $10 in an oximeter. I got mine from Walmart, and took it with me to my next appointment to validate my readings compared to the readings on their unit.
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