• From The Still Frozen North
  • It was especially nice to get Rose Bailey’s note “from the still frozen North”. Those of you who have been reading the Second Wind for several years may remember the oxygen crisis several years ago that led to the Oxygen Consensus Conference and our national efforts to save liquid and portable oxygen. Rose is an oxygen patient who led the successful grass root uprising in Alaska that led to saving portable and liquid oxygen in that wonderful state. A great group of people live up there, none better than Rose. Our best to all of you!

  • Finding a Pulmonary Physician
  • Have you been trying to find a pulmonary physician? Here is some of the advice offered by Wes, who recently moved to North Carolina.
  • "I went to the AMA on the web at this site: http://www.ama-assn.org/. At the top of their page, click on the block that says DOCTOR FINDER, then click on the block that says SEARCH FOR A PHYSICIAN. Read the Terms and Conditions and go to the bottom of the page and click ACCEPT. The next page asks you if you want to find a doctor by specialty or name. Click on SPECIALTY. Before you put in your city and state scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the words SEARCH FROM AN EXPANDED LIST. At the top of this new page, put in your State and City but leave the zip code out because many cities have 100 or more zip codes and you will miss a lot of doctors that way. Anyway, scroll down to PULMONARY DISEASE and click in the circle next to it. Then scroll to the bottom of the page and click SEARCH.
  • I found a gold mine. Over 20 pulmonologists in Raleigh and six of them were together in an office complex immediately adjacent to a hospital associated with Duke University.….Warm regards, Wes"
  • In checking this great site for Torrance, CA we found that it did not list all the local pulmonary physicians and did not specify that they were Board Certified, which is very important. Board Certified pulmonary physicians spent two or three years in an advanced study program (called a fellowship) and then passed a very difficult certification examination. There are several other web sites that you can check. One is for the American Board of Internal Medicine at www.abim.org. Look up the directory and specific city. It will list all doctors with this, and related sub-specialties, such as Pulmonary Medicine. It will give you the date that they were certified and when that certification expires. It does not provide an address or phone number. While being Board Certified in Pulmonary Medicine does not guarantee the best doctor in town, it will mean that your physician has the right educational qualifications to care for your pulmonary disease.
  • If you do not have access to a computer, you can call AMIM at (215) 446-3500. You might also call your local County Medical Association for help. We hope you find this information of help and we really thank Wes for the footwork that he did.