ALLOWING – something confirmed in physical therapy today.
With dad’s finger hooked to the oxygen sensor, he was instructed to breathe in through his nose, out through his mouth. Just a few breaths can change oxygen saturation levels. Trying too hard, he used a lot of energy, and his oxygen level fell. Just a few nice deep breaths, followed by a relaxation phase, and his oxygen levels were nice and high. The therapist encouraged him, as I always do, to adjust his posture to a more upright, open position. Allow the lungs to accept more oxygen. So, the take-home message; don’t “do”, allow.