She hates going out because she thinks people are staring at her cannula and oxygen tank. She "forgets" to take her oxygen with her when she goes shopping and her friend has mistakenly told me that "It must be a relief that she doesn't need to wear her oxygen all the time." when she does. I have tried to be understanding and supportive but she is really having a hard time. She told me when she first came home on oxygen that she thought that her cannula was ugly and she wept. She does wear her oxygen when I am around because she knows I am concerned but I know she hates it. She even tries to take her cannula off before kissing. Any advice on helping her feel more comfortable? Will she just get used to things over time?
It is going to be difficult but she needs to go out and the first couple times it is going to be hard, but she will adapt and learn that people really don't care. She is reflecting her thoughts, she thinks that because she does not like her cannula, that others are going to think it is ridiculous. That is not true. Using the cognitive approach to emerge her in the sight of other humans, and adapt, she will see that it is nothing to be ashamed.
She is doing better and is coping with her cannula better now. I think time helped her get used to it. Now I have to get used to being on oxygen myself. We met at our lung specialists office so we knew that it was a possibility. I now understand a little on how she felt. I feel very aware of my cannula and tank when I go out. I am also dealing with how much of a pain being on oxygen is. We got our oxygen tubing tangled up a few days ago. It isn't terrible though. A woman at the store said we made a cute couple with our matching tanks.
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