It is a fairly simple thing to make. Hubby tweaked the design a few times, but now Lil'c barely uses O2 and we don't use it any more, which is why it is inside. We have used it in both a hatchback and a van.
PVC pipe (slightly smaller than the tanks so it will grip)
3/4" plywood (measure from the floor to the top of the back of the backseat x width of the back of the backseat)
Extra strip of 3/4" plywood 4"x needed length (only under small bottles)
Tie-down straps (auto supplies)
Cut large plywood to size. Notice the notches in the bottom to allow the tie-down straps to wrap around the back of the seat and hold it in place.
Cut PVC pipe to length and then make ONE additional cut down the length which will allow the pipe to expand and grip the tanks.
Screw PVC to the board making sure the vertical cut is facing out.
Screw the strip of plywood under the PVC for the smaller tanks. This will give them something to rest on, otherwise they will slide right through. The large tanks will simply sit on the floor.
Spray paint for appearance. We went with black since we had it on hand, or you could try and match your vehicle's interior.
Fairly simple process :).
This allowed us to make use of our full trunk space while easily being able to trade out tanks. You could easily tell the empty from the full by the white caps. We kept the small tank in use in the transport bag with its valve on and a valve on whichever large tank was currently in use. This allowed us to carry 8 small tanks (notice only 7 slots) and 2 large tanks wherever we needed to go, including 2 4-day trips to see family 14 hours away! On those trips we also brought along the concentrator and used it as much as possible to save our tanks.
Although I will tell you, driving around with that many tanks in the back can make you nervous of other people's driving, but it is certainly better than them rolling around if you are carrying them anyway!
How many tanks have you had in your car at one time?
I'm having camera issues, plus we are moving.. again, plus we had a nice 5 day hospital stay, days after reading this.. I'm so behind.
|Asleep in the ER|
Two days later he started showing symptoms. The day after that she had a nice fever and he went into the 100s (at night) so we called the Ped and had them seen (Monday). They were both rather chipper at the appointment and Lil'C's lungs were pretty clear with mild "crackling" (yes, that is a medical term) in his upper lungs. By Wednesday Lil'C's fever had spiked to 103.8 (again at night) and his runny nose had turned green, Lil'K was almost finished with a very slight clear runny nose. Her's had actually never changed colors. By noon we were packing up and heading to the hospital, which took longer than expected since we were out of practice.
|What's a bored little girl to do?||Drive an IV pole like a car, that's what.|
|3G Geek. IPad Boss|
He had to have nebulizer treatment and something we had never had before... IPPB. If you have no clue what that is, like myself... It is kind of like a nebulizer except it oscillates. It sounds like a train and has to be held on tightly. Hubby had to hold down Lil'C for each treatment every 4 hours. We all hated it... but it worked. It broke up the gunk in his lungs and he went on the mend.
So we now have a ton of meds, but he is feeling much better and getting back to his old self. His toes, fingers and lips have stopped turning purple when he pulls off his O2 for to long. He is also back to only wearing it when he sleeps, which is nice.
We were also in the middle of potty training when all this hit and it kinna triggered a regression. We are slowly getting back to where we were. Speaking of which... does anyone have any hints for teaching a toddler to pull his own pants up and down when he has poor movement on one side??
Seriously slacking on the blog..
Lil'C is back to his normal O2 and meds. Although I added a probiotic (this one) once he got off the Antibiotic, thanks to a suggestion from Kate.. and I think he has really been needing one. I think he has been on so many really strong Antibiotics throughout his life that it has pretty much destroyed his gut flora.
Since he started solids he has had trouble gaining weight. I'm thinking all of the antibiotics are part of the issue. Breastmilk naturally contains probiotics and whenever I would get serious about giving him yogurt he would gain some weight.. now with this probiotic he is obviously putting on weight and growing. He has chubby cheeks again, has finally outgrown all his 18mo (yes my 3yo has been wearing 18mo) clothes and is suddenly able to reach things he wasn't able to when we got back. It is really kinna crazy. I need to look at his discharge papers to see if I can find a height and weight to compare it too.
|See the cheeks? He is saying "vroom"|
So... 2 Questions for all ya'll.... Any help on the potty training with a weak side? Have you seen a sudden health change after starting probiotics in someone you know (or yourself)?
|Supplies needed: Empty Cereal Box, Duck Tape and Scissors.|
|Cut box all the way down each side|
|Tape the tops closed and THEN cut the tops in half|
|This will give you two halves|
|To make a smaller Tray cut one of the halves in half|
|Lay over each other to desired size|
|Tape into place|
|Cover in tape|
|Pull off a strip (double your desired length plus 4 inches) of Tape and lay sticky side up|
|Fold in Third|
|Fold over the other Third|
|Cut in half|
|Attach one half to strip just short of the length of the side of tray|
|Attach to tray facing DOWNWARDS|
|Fold handle up and attach another strip over the bottom part|
|Secure tape strip|
|Repeat with other handle and TAH DAH!|