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#1 Angie

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Posted 08 September 2011 - 05:15 PM

Hi,

I have been looking for a pulse oximeter to use while on the treadmill. I was checking online yesterday to price personal pulse oximeters and was pleasantly surprised by the lower prices. There are so many out there under $100 . Does anyone have one of the devices and advice on which ones work best?

I would appreciate it if you would send me a PM with the brand name(s) information, since we try to avoid brand names on the forum itself.

Just wanted to see if anyone has been down this road and researched various pulse oximeters.

Thanks for any help/advice!

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Angie

#2 Jeannie McClelland

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Posted 08 September 2011 - 06:16 PM

Hi Angie, I just pm'ed you with details of the one I have,
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#3 Shelley Ensz

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Posted 08 September 2011 - 06:54 PM

Hi Angie,

My husband was on oxygen for many years, before he finally had a lung transplant last year. He used many different oximeters during that time, and even appeared in an online commercial for one of them.

He never encountered a bad oximeter of any brand, including the newer and lots cheaper ones. Just keep the batteries fresh and try to refrain from dropping them too much.

He still uses one now, to be sure he's in a safe zone while exercising. They can hold up for years. You can also verify your readings by wearing it at the same time they are taking your sats at the doctor's office. If yours is off by a few points either way, you'll know how to adjust (compensate) for it.

I found that with an attack of Raynaud's, they can misfire with a zero reading. So there's no sense using it during an attack of Raynaud's unless you want to scare yourself half to death for the fun of it. If the reading is way off, just relax and take the reading again in a few minutes.

Get one though. Even with a very cheap unit (under $100), you'll enjoy it, use it, and wonder how you ever got along without it. It opens up whole new doors for exercising as you can comfortably exert knowing you are in a safe zone, or rest a minute if it shows you've overdone it a bit.
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#4 Angie

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Posted 08 September 2011 - 09:54 PM

Thanks so much for the great feedback. I will be ordering one in the next few days. You all are a terrific support system!!!

Take care,

Angie

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Posted 09 September 2011 - 07:07 AM

You're most welcome, Angie.

We're delighted to have you with us and it's a two-way street for everyone in Sclero Forums, with the support that we all receive and give.

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Posted 09 September 2011 - 10:41 AM

Hi Angie!

I don't have experience with the varied brands, but I DO trust Shelley and Gene's experience/satisfaction, as she posted.

We have bought 3 different brands, however (one for our granddaughter for use with our great-grandson, another for my sis-in-law).

The first we purchased for my hubby's use, since he has COPD, as does my mom and we are her care givers. As Shelley mentioned, most important is keeping the batteries fresh.

By the way...Great post! :emoticons-thankyou:
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