Dr. Tom Petty's 'Adventures of an Oxy-phile 2' - Available on Amazon!

October 09, 2012

Dr. Tom Petty, the father of home oxygen, was a pioneer in pulmonary care, revered in the COPD community for his tireless advocacy.

Petty passed away December 12th, 2009, but his legacy will live on, both through his work in advancing supplemental oxygen and writing or contributing to 45 books and over 800 articles, including Intensive and Rehabilitative Respiratory Care and Adventures of an Oxy-Phile. He was working on the second installment, Adventures of an Oxy-phile 2 when he passed away.  The publication is now available for purchase on Amazon Kindle.

Louise Nett, a close friend and colleague of Petty’s, worked with him on his last book.

Dr. Petty believed that a new book on oxygen therapy for patients was needed because of new medications, treatments and equipment. He wanted to expand on the stories of patients in this book . . . the chapters should inspire anyone who is prescribed oxygen that it will help them live a fuller, more adventurous life, Nett says.

Nett says that one chapter features Dr. Gene Schwarz, a retired psychoanalyst, who discusses his feelings related to learning of his COPD diagnosis.

It is common for patients to have trouble accepting a diagnosis of COPD. The chapters on traveling with oxygen, using oxygen during activities such as walking, biking, running and stair climbing, as well as the growing trend toward transtracheal oxygen, will be of interest to many people,Nett says.

With Adventures of an Oxy-phile 2, Nett says Petty felt a renewed purpose.

His secretary Kay Bowen and I were so pleased to see the twinkle in his eye while working on the book, she says. Everyone was enthusiastic about helping with [it].

Adventures of an Oxy-phile 2 was privately printed by Snowdrift Pulmonary Conference, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that Dr. Petty started in 1994 for the publication of other books and programs. You can order the book at Dr. Petty’s website, www.drtompetty.org as well as www.tatteredcover.com, based out of Denver, Colorado.

Tom was a believer that the empowered patient would benefit themselves with knowledge, but they could also be a teacher. Many patients have taught their physicians new information on treatment for COPD via medications, physical therapy and oxygen therapy, Nett says. He was proud to be an early member of the COPD Foundation, and also contributed to the American Association for Respiratory Care, by answering letters in the Ask Dr. Tom’ column on www.yourlunghealth.org.

Nett and Dr. Petty began their collaboration in 1965, along with Dr. Petty’s surgical partner, Dr. David Asbaugh. At that time, respiratory care was in its infancy, and few hospitals had the capability to assist patients with ventilators in the Intensive Care Unit.

She says that same year they moved into the new University of Colorado Hospital, which had a revolutionary respiratory care unit at the time.

The past October, the Colorado COPD Connection hosted the seventh annual Thomas Petty Moving Mountains Conference.

This program has a very strong foundation of interested individuals who work all year to pull the program together. Now there is talk of taking the program to some of the rural areas in Colorado something Tom would love because in the old days of the Regional Medical Program, we went to many rural communities and offered education programs for the medical team, Nett says. To do it now for the patients is the frosting on the cake.

Lynn Cole, a patient author, says Dr. Petty’s work, especially Adventures of an Oxy-phile 2, is optimistic, looking to do more, gain[ing] strength.

It suggests patients use tools such as [an] oximeter and learn about medications. It includes computer links and/or telephone numbers and publications where patients can get more help and information, to help enable a better quality of functioning and life with lung problems, Cole says. Sick lungs may be a challenge, but it isn’t a death sentence.