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Authored by Colleen Steckel
UPDATED 20 Mar 2021 - In November 2020 it was decided by the ME International Board to ask for donations that would cover the cost of purchase and shipment of pulse oximeters to members.
NOTE: If you are a member of ME International and would like a pulse oximeter, please send a request email to Admin@ME-International.org with your name and address.
All of the board members who have myalgic encephalomyelitis have used pulse oximeters and other devices to measure heart rate and recognized the importance of having this vital information.
In preparation for sending out pulse oximeters the volunteers created an explanation sheet about the usefulness of pulse oximeters. Access the sheet HERE: https://www.me-international.org/uploads/1/2/7/6/127602984/pulse_oximeter_info_sheet_201231.pdf
Be aware that multiple factors can affect the accuracy of a pulse oximeter reading, such as poor circulation, skin pigmentation, skin thickness, skin temperature, current tobacco use, and use of fingernail polish. To get the best reading from a pulse oximeter:
In December enough donations came in to purchase the first 50 BodyMed pulse oximeters at a discount through Milliken Medical of Ohio. A Thrivent Financial “Action Team” grant of $250 as part of their #LiveGenerously program was secured which helped cover the purchase. Individual donations came in to cover the remaining cost for the purchase as well as supplies and mailing costs.
Requests quickly came in from around the world. On January 8, 2021 the first shipment of pulse oximeters was sent out to members in the US, Canada, Norway, Australia and the UK. The entire project is managed by volunteers. Requests will be filled on a first come first serve basis. We are in the process of sending out the first 50.
Funds are needed to continue fulfilling requests. Please donate so we can continue this project. To see more information and to donate go to: https://www.me-international.org/pulse_oximeters.html A thank you to Lisa Edelsward (Canada) for the beautiful poem graphic on this donation page.