Jump to content

 
 
 
  • Recent Media
     
  • Posts
     
     
    • Larsbarbow
      SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 Are You Symptomatic? Anyone You Know?
      Just met up with a neighbor on a walk today. Her sister in Warren Michigan was hospitalized and just yesterday they tested her and she was positive. She doesn't remember coming in contact with anyone with symptoms. My friend isn't certain about all the details  because she's communicating through her brother-in-law (important reminder, make sure everyone you love signs a HIPPA form!) but she was told her sister was given the "Trump Medicine". In any case, she's feeling much better and is sitting up and able to text. She was given oxygen but didn't need a respirator. Thankfully...
    • giuseppe
      SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 Are You Symptomatic? Anyone You Know?
      Yes I agree, this virus swept through New York, my work included, late January early February, everyone was sick!   I proposed to my coworkers, that we had the virus already, many thought that might have been the case.
    • Larsbarbow
      SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 Are You Symptomatic? Anyone You Know?
      I had what I considered to be the old-fashioned flu in early February for 2 weeks. Timing- wise, I guess it could be COVID, but I only had a few of the symptoms fever(87.9%), dry cough (67.7%), fatigue (38.1%), and thankfully, even though we weren't that careful, my husband didn't get it.   My friend has several CV positive family members (2 confirmed out of 7 sibs and also a brother in law and niece). They have regular family updates on how it's going.  Her retired ER doc brother and her RN sister both commented about how strange it is because the symptoms aren't consistent among the victims. 
    • DDMc
      SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 Are You Symptomatic? Anyone You Know?
      About 30 yrs ago I plotted my basal temp variation (1st thing in the morning) to figure out when I was ovulating since we wanted to get pregnant.  It worked well.  I wanted to provide the best start I could for any kid we had, & so watched my nutrition & alcohol then. I didn't want just wait around, hit or miss, while avoiding  alcohol the whole time.  If there's actually a kid involved, I'm all in; hence the targeted temp monitoring.  (I'm an engineer - I plotted it on Lotus 1-2-3).  
    • Greenmeadow
      SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 Are You Symptomatic? Anyone You Know?
      Seniors commonly have low normal temps temps as well, especially if they have thyroid issues.  We typically measure each persons temperature to find their norm. If their norm is low rising up to "normal" is a fever. My temps have run low all my life.   One of the guys who lived in China for awhile said that he thought Westerners have slow metabolisms. That is why they get fat and have lower temps. he says the Chinese people tend to stay skinnier, have high metabolisms and run hotter than Westerners. I think your metabolism is related to your muscle mass. Seniors lose a lot of muscle mass. Metabolism normally slows with age as well.   One of the things we do is teach seniors to monitor their own vital signs. What is their blood pressure, pulse, O2 stats, weight etc? Especially those with heart disease sudden weight gain 2-5 lbs is a pre sign that something is wrong. Your heart is your sump pump. If it is not working well your body collects fluid around the heart and lungs and puts pressure on the lungs. It also collects fluid in the feet and legs. But the main concern is around the lungs. That is why someone in heart failure will have trouble breathing. This is why people go on water pills. If their 02 saturation stay below 88 they need to wear their oxygen. It will commonly go down with activity and then recover with sitting.  I really recommend people start charting their vital signs for awhile to know what your normal is.    A pulse oximeter goes on your finger and measures your oxygen saturation and pulse. If you are going to get one thing to measure your vitals I would get this one. The dropping 02 is  when you know you need medical help vs staying home and letting it work itself out. Normal 02 for a healthy adult is above 95. At 88 is when they start thinking about putting people on 02. 70-60 you need absolutely need to be on 02 and are at the point of damage happening to the brain and organs.    A normal pulse is 60-100. Athletes with strong hearts may go down to 40. If you are under stress from emotions or illness it will go up. Just know what your normal is. An elevated pulse while you are relaxing watching TV says your body is fighting something.   Blood pressure also can go up with stress or illness. Know your normal. A dropping blood pressure that they cannot bring up with fluids is a sign of sepsis ( total body infection). Clif also seems to think that the people collapse is from sudden drops in blood pressure. Normal healthy is less than 120 over less than 80. (120-/80-.) Crisis hypertension is higher than 180 over higher than 120. (180+/120+). That means you could be having a stroke. Getting meds and treatment on board as fast as possible reduces the lasting damage of a stroke.  
       
     

Important Information

Terms of Use