Sunny, mainly what this law is, is that after 36 months, YOU Own the equipment. Refills are still made, etc., it's just that if the equipment breaks, YOU fix it.
I"m on a personal oxygen concentrator called an Inogen One which I received from my supplier here in the Detroit metro area. It runs off house power, battery AND car (and train/plane power), is FAA approved for airline flight (now, if you use o2, you have to rent at exhorbitant rates, oxygen on planes and at destination). Under some new guidelines which took place when I was off O2 (from 2/06 through 4/07) I would only be allowed two tanks of o2 (If I got the refillable ones) and probably 2-3 tanks for the non-refills. I used to get a lot more - my supplier (a small place) would give me enough bottles/week to go anywhere I wanted/needed to go, including Chicago to see my kids). Now, if I wanted to go to Chicago, I'd have to rent oxygen there - a cost that I can hardly afford. I can barely afford the gas now (nearly $100 for just to and from nevermind any traveling around I want to do there!), nevermind oxygen rental. Without the Inogen, I'd never see my grandkids again! Also, I've got enough 'points' through my bank to get 4 airline tickets to multiple destinations. Without the Inogen, I'd never do that either! I'm planning on sometime flying out to AZ (my old HS friend) either late spring or early fall (too hot there in summer!).
If anyone wants more information on what I'm saying, I'll give it in email. I don't want to imply that I'm pushing the given oxygen I use. I'm not...I'm simply saying that I use it and it's a GOD's send!
But...speaking of oxygen...anyone on oxygen also have a fine furry friend with four paws (cat)? Mine loves to chew on the tubing. My Inogen has a 'satellite' that allows me to walk around the house on O2 (btw, last time I was in hospital for pain pump implant last week, I just out of curiosity had my pulse-ox checked after I walked to the nurse' station and back without o2 - it was 86%), which I probably should be doing. However, my cat will take a bite out of it, get scared, then do it again the next time I replace the tubing - and so on and so on and so on. If anyone's had any success in deterring a pet from taking a bite out of their oxygen tubing, I'd LOVE to hear from you! I've tried 'yuck' (I think that's what it's called), cayenne pepper - all THAT does is make ME burn :/ I did one solution that works, but it's so painstaking that I hate to do it! I bought a length of tubing at a home hardware store that was just slightly bigger in diameter than my oxygen tubing, slit it up the side (THAT was painful!), then inserted the oxygen tubing - that's the painstaking part...takes at least 1/2 hour or more for 50' of tubing (enough, since I live in a 14' x 50' mobile home!)
Any ideas would be welcome!