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Lighting the grill – enjoying a picnic in the park – watching fireworks explode in the sky – there’s nothing like the 4th of July to let us know that summer has officially arrived. In the past, people who’ve used supplemental oxygen had to limit themselves to ordering takeout and watching fireworks on television. Not anymore! With portable oxygen, being stuck at home on the 4th of July is no longer an option.
Independence is defined as freedom from control of, or dependence upon, someone or something. Portable oxygen provides ultimate independence as it removes the constraints placed upon you by traditional, home oxygen concentrators. Not only does portable oxygen therapy help you achieve independence, it gives you the freedom you need to do the things that are most important to you in everyday life, and on special holidays like the 4th of July.
On July 4th, 1776, the Second Congressional Congress unanimously adopted the Declaration of Independence announcing the colonies’ separation from Great Britain. As the cry, “no taxation without representation” rang forth, the original Thirteen Colonies affirmed their separation from the strong arm of British rule and formed a new sovereign state: the United States of America.1
Although July 4th commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, it also serves to honor the memory of that day and what it ultimately stood for. As colonists opened their eyes to restoration of their “free right to unbounded exercise of reason and freedom of opinion,” the birthright of every American was set in stone – and annual commemoration of one of the most remarkable days in history would soon follow. When, in 1826, Thomas Jefferson declared: “let the annual return of this day forever refresh our recollections of these rights, and an undiminished devotion to them,” the fate of our beloved holiday was sealed. Yes, there’s a lot to be said about independence, and the annual celebration of Independence Day speaks loudly to the very heart of the American spirit.2
This year, the signing of the Declaration of Independence is not the only thing that you’ll be celebrating on July 4th. If you’ve discovered portable oxygen, you can also applaud the return of your independence and a more active lifestyle – one that includes liberation from stationary oxygen.
What does independence on 4th of July mean to you? For some, it means having the freedom to visit long-distance loved ones on one of the most spectacular holidays of the year. Those who enjoy staying at home on holidays may define independence as being able to watch fireworks with family and friends from a blanket on their front lawn. Still, others view independence as being able to be completely spontaneous; having the freedom to go anywhere, anytime without having to worry about running out of oxygen. Whichever road to independence – and Independence Day – you take, those of us at Inogen are glad to be a part of your journey. Happy 4th of July!
Author: Deborah Leader RN, BSN, PHN