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O2 Vibe

Tazz

“I had lung disease for a while, but last year it felt I was getting worse, I quickly realized that I have drops in O2 sats on walking exercises, which concerned me. After some research it pointed to an associated condition of Nocturnal (o2) Desaturation, so to find out I bought the O2 Vibe and got one in May 2018 from Costco. It confirmed that I have night desaturation. This thing is comfortable and intuitive and accurate. The app is simple but does its job. So with the data I saw my doctor, who started a number of tests that confirmed my compromised lung condition. with some meds I improved a bit, but night desaturations continued, so my doctor ordered low oxygen while sleeping which now I monitor almost nightly this with the O2 Vibe. it indicated that my desaturations on low oxygen treatment was occasional and mild. I feel much better overall and my brain is energetic on waking up. Very useful at many levels: initial suspicions, confirm low 02 sats, monitor your lungs, monitor therapy etc. I compared side by side sats reading with clinic ones and the O2 Vibe is accurate.
I also use mine when I go to the gym, on walks and when I fly over 2 hours long to monitor the fall of O2 sats in the cabin and cruising elevations. After I lost mine in one flight, I had to immediately buy another.
This is a well thought of, well made product, that fulfills a very important need. It is a Prosumer device, that will help many people. Also my doctor is happy to see the results stored in the app and if they have doubts they can order their own tests. ( after they ordered their own tests and confirmed my own results, they trust the O2 Vibe as well).
I am a fan.” – Tazz at Costco.com

Kent

“Thank you for your O2 Vibe monitor!

I am a 63-year-old idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis patient with about a 42% lung capacity. I am waiting to get approved for a lung transplant and doing my best to stay active and healthy in the meantime. I use your O2 Vibe to monitor my oxygen level throughout the day. In fact, I have 3 of your O2 Vibe monitors so I can monitor myself 24 hours a day. Because I see my pulmonologists every 3 to 4 months, your monitor is the best way for me to keep track of how I’m doing on a day to day basis.

I am the 4th male in 3 generations (grandfather, father, uncle, me) to have this disease and it killed all of my predecessors. With your help, I plan to prevent that from happing to me. I can’t do that if I only get 4 reports a year instead of 365!

Using your monitor, I have learned when fatigue will typically set in during the day so I can increase my O2 usage as needed. I also know when I have a good day on the treadmill and when I’m lagging just a bit. My wife takes comfort in it when we are running errands on the weekend (groceries, post office, etc.) and she can ask me “What’s your number?” and know that I’m okay.

I think the O2 Vibe should become the standard of care for all IPF patients regardless of how far their disease has progressed. There is nothing worse than the unpredictable spells of shortness of breath that we are subject to. With your monitor and just a little bit of self-awareness, I am able to anticipate and control the ups and downs that come my way. I’m not perfect in managing my oxygen needs but I am miles better than I was a year ago before I found your product.

I have already told my pulmonologists about my O2 Vibe and they have come to see its unique value, especially for someone like me who is trying to maintain oxygen-dependent organ health while waiting for a lung transplant. A pulmonary nurse even asked me where I got mine so she could get one for her grandmother.

And, yes, my daughter and grandson thank you too!

Keep up the good work!”
– Kent A., Virginia Beach

Anonymous

“To Whom It May Concern:
I am writing this testimonial to share my complete satisfaction with the O2 Vibe. I purchased my first Vibe in April of 2018 between hospitalizations. (I have been hospitalized repeatedly in the last 2 years due to exacerbations of my primary diagnosis of polymyositis with associated interstitial lung disease, and medical issues caused by the use of high doses of corticosteroids to control these diseases.) The damage done to my lungs is quite extreme (30% pulmonary capacity), and I became dependent on the hospital pulse/ox’s to help me manage my oxygen usage and unhealthy rises in my heart rate, which was also damaged quite severely due to complications of my diseases and treatments (third degree blockage, atrial fibrillation, and chronic combined systolic and diastolic congestive heart failure).

The Vibe is very reasonably priced, easy to use, and it will last about ten hours on a single charge. Similar devices cost as much 4 times more, and received very poor reviews on the websites I visited. During subsequent hospitalizations, I was able to check my Vibe against numerous hospital pulse/ox machines since I was moved around a lot due to changes in my condition. The Vibe proved to be in wide agreement with these devices, which confirmed for me that it was highly accurate. I purchased a second Vibe so that I could use one while the other one was charging. This allows me to wear a Vibe 24/7.

During two hospitalizations I had both legs amputated below the knee due to peripheral neuropathy caused by prednisone-induced diabetes. I was essentially bed bound until my insurance paid for a wheelchair. My family bought me a Chromebook to allow me to stay in touch, surf the web, and stream sports events not available on the television in the hospital I go to. I decided to download the O2 Vibe application, so I could look at the data my Vibes were collecting. The information is presented in several formats, including numerical data, graphs, and goals to be met.

I quickly found new uses for my Vibes. They track drops in saturated oxygen levels when I am sleeping, which allows me to discuss my sleep apnea problems with my treatment professionals, which in turn results in changes in the settings on my bipap machine. Several overly zealous respiratory therapists were intent upon reducing my oxygen use, even to the point where I was taken off oxygen completely without my prior knowledge. The Vibes graph heart rate simultaneously with saturated oxygen level. I was able to show my pulmonologist that this practice resulted in dangerously high heart rates despite my pacemaker. He intervened, and these RTs were removed from my case per my request. (I have found that self advocacy is essential in today’s medical environment. Having facts to back up subjective beliefs is crucial.)

The Vibes have a buzzer on the sensor on the thumb, which goes off when saturated oxygen levels drop to dangerous levels during physical activity. Default is 90% or lower, which is where I leave mine. But I have been told the Vibe it is adjustable down to 70% if the user wishes. This is very useful in day-to-day living, but it is indispensable during occupational and physical therapy sessions. It tells me when I am overdoing it, so I can slow down or stop what I am doing accordingly.

The O2 Vibe comes with 2 settings, Sleep Mode, which I usually use, and Fitness Mode, which I am learning. I expect that Fitness Mode data will open up new uses for my Vibes. In any event, my Vibes have become extremely useful as I manage my case and the medical treatment I receive.”

Joseph

“I am a physically fit (BMI less than 24), 85-year-old retired Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeon – steeped in knowledge of anatomic factors and physiologic principle underlying obstructive sleep apnea.

My diagnosis of sever apnea (35 event per hour) was made after repeated episodes of awakening from deep sleep and terrifying dreams; accompanied by spikes in blood pressure, and frequently by profound dry mouth.

These manifestations occurred during a period when discomfort from gluteal tendinopathies and trochanteric bursitis, caused by excessive golf and uphill walking; was preventing my preference for sleeping on my sides.

My 8-month experience with CPAP proved to be as disruptive and dangerous (decreased sleep, high blood pressure, dry mouth) as the uncontrolled OSB. This was not a situation that I could manage with advancing age.

Trial with an oral device reduced the AH events to the mild range. With the elimination of golf and uphill walking, my hip and back problems resolved, and I was able to resume sleeping on my side.

I have used the Bodimetric O2 Vibe sensor and data app almost nightly for seven months and found it invaluable in confirming that my OSB is satisfactorily controlled with the oral device and side sleeping. No vibrations have awakened me from sleep. Less than a dozen vibration all occurred while drowsily awake, and visually usually lying on my back before going to sleep, or after awakening in the morning.

I am currently using the sensor in an attempt to establish head and neck posture that will allow me to safely sleep on my back for periods without desaturation or dry mouth. Most promising to date -slight elevation of head of bed with anteflexion of head and neck (chin near sterna notch) placing maximal forward traction on tongue (with tip ideally positioned superiorly, above the upper limb of the oral device.

I only wish that a version of the Bodimetric Sensor had been available to me for self-evaluation 1) prior to my being forced to submit to polysomnagram; 2) during my CPAP experience which proved to be so intolerable despite satisfactory compliance and AH control; 3) during initial trial with oral device.” – Joseph Todd

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