What is worse, having to wear those face masks or nasal prongs carrying oxygen? To be honest, it was only when I heard a friend talk about the frustration of having to wear a face mask that I made the comparison. Well, with one thing that was mentioned… the loops around the ear hurting. That is something I can relate to. I wear nasal prongs twenty-four hours a day, every day, and have done for almost two years. Behind the ears can become painful.
So, which is worse?
Wearing face masks or nasal prongs
First, a face mask
For someone who is claustrophobic, the face mask might be worse.
Conversing while wearing a face mask is difficult, and I have seen people pull them down to talk.
This is against the guidelines, but then – are people told the way to use them safely and effectively?
Some hints here… https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-to-wear-cloth-face-coverings.html
If sore ears from the elastic loops is a problem, then the ideas at this site might inspire you https://www.health.com/condition/infectious-diseases/coronavirus/how-to-stop-face-mask-irritating-ears
Some have problems if they wear the mask for most of the day because, if worn properly’ they breathe in their own CO2
Speaking as a person who is partially deaf, if I cannot see your lips when you speak, I cannot hear what you are saying.
The upside of the face mask… when you are at home, or other safe area, it can be removed.
There are several categories of users of nasal prongs. Basically, these are…
- Using oxygen via nasal prongs only on exertion
- Only at night
- When needed
- Sixteen hours or more per day
I fit the last category, and that’s where I related to the comment about the sore ears. Mostly, my ears are fine, but there are many types of nasal prongs and some types hurt my ears. Plastic are the most difficult to cope with because they are hard to begin with. Soft vinyl is easier on the ears (and the nose.) Then there are ‘straight’ prongs or ‘curved’ prongs. (I discuss all these in the Memoir/Help guide Living at the end of an Oxygen Tube.)
When it all comes down to it… the best of these aids, face mask or nasal prongs, is the one you can take off at the end of the day and walk away without.
Some, like me, are stuck with the nasal prongs. But then the ‘upside’ of that is… it’s improving my life.
When all this is over, the face masks will not be necessary. But those ‘doing it tough,’ for whatever reason, will still be doing it tough. https://www.susanprestonauthor.com/covid19-doing-it-tough/
Let’s have a kindness day,
By the way, the biggest problem I had with the face mask – my spectacles steamed up.