How and Where Do You Store Your Nebulizer?
I do not use my nebulizer as often as I used to. This means my nebulizer and air compressor get stored somewhere. Sometimes they get tossed around when I am cleaning, and then when I need them I have no idea where they are. This poses some anxiety and stress when I am short of breath, experiencing asthma symptoms, and need them immediately.
I am reminded once again that I need to find a safe and secure place to store my nebulizers. Where will this be? So, I pose this question: How and where do you store your nebulizer?
How should you store your nebulizer?
Neat and organized. I think that is the best way of storing it.
The nebulizer should be cleaned before storing it, and it should be placed in a bag with the tubing. It should be stored in a vicinity near the air compressor.
The air compressor should be stored, if possible, in its case. I have a portable jet air compressor/nebulizer, and it has various parts:
- A/C adaptor
- Electric outlet charger
- Car charger
It is important to make sure all of these parts are stored with the nebulizer. You can find the compressor, but you can't use it if you don't have the battery. And if you don't have one of the chargers, you cannot charge it. So, I find that it is best to keep them all together in the carrying case.
The carrying case for this unit is just large enough to store the nebulizer and the tubing. And, ideally, you should keep all of this together.
I recommend also that you have a spare nebulizer. My spare nebulizer is in its original packaging. The main reason I keep a backup is in case my regular one gets too dirty. This can happen if it is stored for a long time. If I am short of breath and need to use my nebulizer, I do not have time to be washing it. For this reason, if I take it out and it looks too soiled, I can just open up a new one.
Will the battery be charged? Who knows? For this reason, you will want the chargers so you can charge it and take a nebulizer. Yesterday, I found that my nebulizer was charged. But, as the treatment was running down, I found that the battery started running down too. I grabbed the charger from the carrying case and charged it. Easy.
This is how you store it long-term. However, right now my nebulizer is still out on the table next to my recliner where I used it. It is plugged into the wall outlet and charging. But according to the package instructions, you do not want to leave it plugged in too long. As soon as I am done writing this, I will unplug it and put the cord back into the carrying case.
Where should you store your nebulizer for asthma?
I do not have an ideal, nor consistent, place where I store my nebulizer. Where I found it yesterday was in the closet of my bedroom. The compressor was in its case on a shelf in my closet. The battery and chargers were also in the carrying case. But the nebulizer was not there.
This meant that I had to hunt for it. Sometimes as I am cleaning, I make the poor choice to toss out the nebulizer. This is not wise. Here I was, barely able to take in half a breath and having difficulty moving around the house while also having to look among the dust under my bed for my nebulizer. I did eventually find a nebulizer stored in a plastic bag in one of my drawers.
This has happened in the past too. When you are feeling good, the compressor and nebulizer can be separated when you are on a cleaning binge. And sometimes they can be stuffed in locations that are not easy to remember. And when you need them, you have to hunt for them. This is why it is very important to store your nebulizer and air compressor in an easy-to-find place.
For now, I have decided to keep my nebulizer right where it is. I currently have it on the table that sits next to my recliner. This is where I am most likely to use it anyway. Right now it is charging.
The carrying case sits on the floor next to the table. I think this is as good as any location for storing. Why not? The little silver air compressor will just be a decoration on my table until I need it. I am fine with that. The next time I get into a project, I will not have to hunt for it.
Don't forget the medicine!
Yes! What good is your air compressor and nebulizer if you do not have the medicine? I make sure I always have a full box of albuterol as a backup. This stays on the bottom shelf in my closet. I keep any loose ampules of medicine next to my nebulizer or in the carrying case.
What about you? What are your thoughts?
This is what I do with my jet nebulizer and air compressor. A problem I have is I am not the only person with asthma in my house. This means the nebulizer gets moved around quite a bit, which makes it hard to find sometimes. I also have 3 portable Flyp nebulizers. These do not get used as often in my house for various reasons.
How and where to store mesh nebulizers may be the topic of a future post. Stay tuned!
This brings me back to my opening question: How and where do you store your nebulizers? Please share in the comments below.
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