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February 16, 2018




Yesterday, I came up with what I consider to be a brilliant idea!   

Some of the biggest problems that we encounter in the world of lung disease are awareness and the reluctance of patients to be seen wearing their oxygen cannula.

I would like to ask for your help in promoting my idea, (assuming that you consider it valuable and not simply the ravings of an old man….) by talking to your family and others, sharing this posting, and otherwise spreading the word.  (If you want to share this, please either copy it and post it, or go to the Facebook page for Jim AndMary Nelson and share it from there.)

What if, whenever someone sees a person wearing a cannula, they give the wearer a “thumbs up” gesture?  I think that it would accomplish a few things that need accomplishing!  It would acknowledge that the civilian noticed the cannula, and that they knew that the patient was doing what they should to stay active.  It would act as a sign of encouragement to the patient.  It would hopefully take away some of the “shame and blame” nonsense that accomplishes nothing other than deterring patients from protecting their hearts and brains by maintaining their saturation.

A note… Do not use the gesture in Iran, Afghanistan, West Africa, or parts of South America.  It is considered highly offensive.  The people of Greece won’t use it but will tolerate it from foreigners. 

Anyway, I think that we should try it.  The more people that we can get involved, the more effective it will be, and the fewer strange looks we will get.  I would recommend accompanying the thumb with a genuine smile.  Can’t hurt.

Thanks in advance for your help.


Uncle Jim   

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