(backstory)I’m 28 and new to using oxygen. I was told I have copd like 5-6 years ago but wasn’t ever given oxygen or anything. They sent me home. My oxygen levels have always been upper-mid 90s until recently. September 2019-January 2021 I’ve been sick off and on. Probably had covid is what I’m thinking but unsure since I stayed home and got better on my own each time I got sick. I have a lot of medical problems already and don’t trust the hospitals around me at all after years of them doing nothing to help me. Back in January 2021 I started having a really hard time breathing. My grandma has copd as well and is on oxygen and she had an extra pulse ox thing so she gave it to me to check my oxygen which was at 34%. If I was sitting down watching tv it would be around 85% but as soon as I’d get up it would drop down to the 60s and then all the way to 34% so I got myself a new PCP and she got me on oxygen and now I’m able to have it in upper 90s when sitting and if I turn the oxygen up while moving around I can get it up. So my question is about cooking and daily life. Nobody told me anything about the Dos and Donts of this.
Am I able to cook using a gas stove with the oxygen on my face? Can I wear perfume, lotion, lip gloss? What can I do and what can’t I do?
I don’t want to blow up! Lol the other day I was wearing the oxygen and I’d gotten a new lipgloss my cousin dropped off at my door and I put it on forgetting my grandma always had told me she can’t use anything other then Burts Bees. So I put the gloss on in excitement and my lips started burning!! I immediately remembered grandma telling me how you can blow up using chapsticks that aren’t Burts and I threw my oxygen off so fast and ran to the sink and started scrubbing my lips raw freaking out thinking I was about to blow up lol. Then I calmed down and looked at the package and it said it was a lip PLUMPER 🤦🏻♀️🤣🤣 I felt so dumb but I’m still worried not knowing what I can and can’t do. I love to cook!! But now I’m afraid to. So please tell me can I still cook? I have a gas stove. Taking the oxygen off I immediately drop from 95+% down to 60% and lower so I can’t have it off and cook. When it gets that low I can’t function my brain starts feeling all weird like a metal taste and numb idk if anyone else has had that happen?? Can I wear my perfumes and lotions or do I have to get rid of them and only use burts? Thank you in advance for reading all of this and any help and advice I appreciate it so much.