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Ditto the PP, there's not a lot you can do that isn't common sense. Stay hydrated. Rest. If you have an appetite, eat healthful foods. Monitor your temperature. If you can get a pulse ox, keep an eye on your oxygen level. Tylenol for high fever. Some say taking vitamin D, zinc, and vitamin C supplements may help.
Days 7-14 of symptoms seem to be the most difficult days. I hope it passes over you and your family quickly and without being severe.
two died at home... people really need to buy a blood oxygen meter so they know when there in the danger zone... $20 on Amazon.
If you're not confident that you're taking your pulse right, you can buy a cheap pulse oximeter online or at a pharmacy. This is the one I have...it's cheap and I find it to be accurate enough for monitoring my POTS symptoms.
Out of shape and overweight but no other health issues (as far as I know.) I tested positive and had most symptoms along with shortness of breath and difficulty breathing. At times I would have to consciously focus on my breathing. It eventually turned into pneumonia but fortunately my oxygen levels stayed above 90 and kept me out of the hospital. The things I did:
I'm not a medical expert and don't know what actual effect any of these had but it at least gave me some sense of control so I wouldn't get too anxious.
While you're waiting, you might want to try a pulse oximeter, the type that clips on your finger, to see how well it agrees with your watch when you're awake. They're only about $20 on Amazon. This kind of thing.
honestly assuming it's just for you at home to have just in case. $14 Amazon
Or is this for some other usage? Do you have requirements that it be BT or data exports or something? If not, 14 bucks FTW. If on the other hand there is a real medical need for it, like you have COPD or something that you need to monitor your SpO2, then you should really discuss with your doc.
I hope you recover well. If you haven’t already, get yourself a pulse oximeter to measure your oxygen levels especially for those times that you are out of breath.
A portion of my job is measuring hospitalized patients oxygen levels as they walk to make sure they’re safe to go home, if they need oxygen at home/how much oxygen do they need. The cutoff is 88% oxygen saturation.
I heavily suggest getting a pulse oximeter (I use this one and wear it to measure your oxygen level (oxygen saturation) at rest and walking around if that’s when you get out of breath. If you dip below 88%, let your doctor know immediately so they can make the suggestions that are right for you.
Stay safe and recover well ❤️
It's just a little battery powered sensor. Talk to them about it. Buy your own. Get one of these, get a private room, and use it as an alarm if required. It serves the same purpose. If they are remotely reasonable they'll understand this adaptation so you don't have to be in a crowd for the experience.
I was going to mention the pulse oximeter, everyone should have one now. Very important for Covid, please take care of yourself OP.
Zacurate 500BL Fingertip Pulse Oximeter Blood Oxygen Saturation Monitor with Batteries and Lanyard Included (Navy Blue) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06Y2FFQB9/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_CS1776H5QG486MF2GNH5
Hi. Sounds like you’re frightened, understandably. But please know that if you’re not certain whether or not you’re finding it hard to breathe, you don’t belong in the hospital. I’m absolutely not belittling what you’re going through, but the Covid wards are sadly full of people in terrible shape, and it’s not a place you want to be if you can help it. My grown son had Covid last year - sorry for this mompost, your situation is just so familiar to me - he kept going back to the ER because he thought he needed to be hospitalized. He was indeed very sick, but he was also having panic attacks, making breathing that much more difficult. It was always worse at night, when fevers rise and symptoms in general worsen. Lots and lots of herb tea made a difference, along with taking vitamins D & C and a zinc supplement. Advil to keep the fever down. Hot, steamy showers can open up clogged passageways as well as make you sleepy - sleep as much as you can! You are right to take this seriously but monitor yourself honestly, try not to jump to the worst case scenario. If you feel like your heart is racing, you can buy a fingertip pulse oxygen reader for only 15.00 on Amazon - Zacurate 500BL Fingertip Pulse Oximeter Blood Oxygen Saturation Monitor with Batteries and Lanyard Included (Navy Blue) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06Y2FFQB9/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_4TEWV1CZDZE1JX54R6P6.
Tell your parents to grab one for you, could save you a trip to the hospital!
I sincerely hope your symptoms let up and that the virus leaves your system as soon as possible. I believe it will. Take care.
You will all be fine but it's so stressful and can be scary and I'm sorry you're going through it! Everyone is different of course but FWIW my cousin recently had breakthrough Covid and felt like shit for about three days but after that was pretty much fine. I hope it goes quickly for you. I recommend having a pulse oximeter on hand--when I was sick last year it really helped my anxiety to be able to obsessively check my oxygen levels any time I wanted lol. Sending you love!
Buy an oxygen meter if you do not already have one. If your O2 level drops into the 80s, go to the ER.
Smart on the edible idea, do not smoke, cause your lungs are under a lot of stress.
Keep on whatever else you’re taking to treat symptoms. It’s going to be a hell of a ride.
$20 on Amazon You could have it by the end of the week.
Here is the one I ordered from my nurses recommendation- Zacurate 500BL Fingertip Pulse Oximeter Blood Oxygen Saturation Monitor with Batteries and Lanyard Included (Navy Blue) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06Y2FFQB9/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_fabt1_DFfXFbYE5YA2H
Get a pulse oximeter so you can at least keep tabs on your oxygen levels... if they start dropping maybe you can get treatment before it’s too late.
This is very good advice. Whilst poppers may not make you more likely to catch the virus they are going to be a factor in how serious it becomes.
I recommend that you purchase an inexpensive ($25) Pulse Oximeter from Amazon
With this you can monitor lung performance by measuring how efficiently they are transferring oxygen to the blood.
Try measuring yourself and see if you are happy with the results.
Personally, I have no obvious physical symptoms of lung issues from popper use however by taking a measurement I can see that my lungs are in the range 92-95 when they should be 95-100.
That's enough for me to lay off anything that has the potential to be harmful for the next few months.
me too plus shortness of breath. Something that has been helpful is having a thermometer on hand to check my temp for peace of mind as well as a Pulse Oximeter to keep track of vitals at home. During episodes of shortness of breath it's peace of mind to be able to monitor how much oxygen is getting into your bloodstream. As long as it stays above 90 you're fine. If it dips below 90 seek medical attention. You can buy a pulse oximeter for cheap on Amazon and have it delivered. Highly recommend.
I bought one of these, I'm high anxiety and will stop and check, okay... I'm breathing enough, okay my heart rate is a little higher. I'm not dying, and make myself calm down.
Is it possible that your heightened awareness of your breathing is affecting the way you think you're feeling? If you have chronic swelling or diminished breathing, I would say you should consider that you're in frequent contact with some type of dietary allergen.
Get a cheap blood oxygen monitor off amazon, and try to find out if this is real fatigue from hypoxia or something in your head.
You aren't running out of oxygen, don't worry.
Get yourself an oximeter if you want to feel more secure. You can just check your oxygen level and that will probably help you feel better: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06Y2FFQB9?psc=1
Nurse here. /u/bbycakes1996, this is great advice. Also get your grandma an SpO2 monitor and talk to your doc about possible need for home oxygen.
I am not OP but the most sold one on amazon will do just fine
So sorry to hear that.
Do make sure your friend has her "Parkinson's, Hospital Kit"
Also, make sure she has a Pulse Oxygen meter. Just a random Amazon $20 pulse oximeter
Additional item: Accapella breathing "turbolatar". My name for it but pulses as a breath out thru this thing.
I see others on Amazon, but my acapella came from my Pulmonologist. It helps me break up phlegm in my chest. In addition to Parkinson's, I am living with Lung Cancer.
Still working as an Engineer, but need my exercise.
Thank you for helping take care of your friend. With the latest surge I'm staying, I get outside for a good walk/jog (semi-rural area, no one else out) but bike riding indoors on my Catrike three-wheel recumbent) hooked up to my Kickr.
If it gets real bad grab one of these https://www.amazon.com/Zacurate-Fingertip-Oximeter-Saturation-Batteries/dp/B06Y2FFQB9/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=oxygen+meter+finger+pulse+oximeter&qid=1653629990&sprefix=oxygen%2Caps%2C127&sr=8-2
Our Zacurate oximeter has been reliable: https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B06Y2FFQB9/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_K7Y7X33B8N69GTZE0TNN
I am so sorry to hear that you have been juggling so much at once. Please contact your doctors immediately and get all the medical help you can get. If your area has it, and if this is ok for your other meds and HIV, ask your doctors immediately about getting onto monoclonal antibodies, maybe that will help your body get through this in the best way possible. This is absolutely the time for you to have medical support and guidance. BUT I must say that is sounds like you are actually doing really well! Most people here have a huge list of symptoms, but it sounds like your vomiting stopped already.
I know nothing about what you are going through with having HIV and covid, but my sincerest heart and empathy go out to you. Please know that some random stranger on reddit is sending you some warm, comforting hugs and a thoughts of support. Keep your mind in as much of a positive place as you can, keep looking up and forwards, and don't get into a defeatist state. Give your body a lot of mental cheering. It has gotten you through HIV, and look how great it is doing that. Stop sanitizing your apartment and wearing yourself over that - you already have covid, so now it's time to rest, try to relax (any bit counts), and call in all the support you have. Rest, drink fluids, rest, try to get your mind off the worrying, rest. Did I mention rest? Yup, slow your racing mind down and rest some.
More than anything, you need to contact all of your doctors and enlist their help for you to navigate getting better and dealing with your symptoms. I would not think it to be a bad idea to have a small bag packed (always having a Go-Bag makes me feel calmer), and consider going to the hospital sooner than later IF you continue to vomit (get an iv with fluids) OR your symptoms change. You definitely want your doctor to be monitoring you and giving you direction on that, redditor advice isn't what matters most, ok? Do you have an oximeter? Keep checking your oxygen rate. Amazon has some great ones for under $20. This one was recommended to me by my doctor amazon.com/gp/product/B06Y2FFQB9 It's the Zacurate brand for $14, if the link gets removed. Oxygen levels are key to watch for with covid, but maybe there are more things to watch for with HIV such as your white blood cell count? I have no idea, sorry. I think your phone might have something on it to track your oxygen rate also, so see what you have for your phone. But really, it's already been 5 days, and you sound like your body is fighting covid really well, and that is such good news. Try not to keep panicking, I know how hard that is, but try to not tax your body so much right now, ok? I wish you the best.
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Zacurate 500BL Fingertip Pulse... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06Y2FFQB9?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
>Yeah a couple of extra points just for clarification. The “purpling” actually happened after the neck pressure, it happens following a prolonged orgasm for me - I kinda think it was just extreme reddening but nonetheless no fun to witness I’m sure.
No, blue color of your skin occurs when oxygen level in your blood stream is low. And you can easy to measure it by buying simple device form Amazon (from $12 to $50) similar to Blood Oxygen Monitor. It's a "snapshot" of oxygen level at the moment. Just remember that 95%-100% of blood oxygen saturation is normal. Level below 90% is already dangerous. Often it's not visible to a naked eye but dangerous. If you can visible identify via skin color it going to be 80% or lower. And when damage to brain/heart/etc starts. Monitor gives you an idea to what level oxygen saturation could fall. BTW this is optical device, in short and very high level explanation it measures your skin color at finger as translates it to digits.
> Point 2 - Yeah perhaps the collar bone pressure is a better idea
Appropriate terminology would be applying pressure to common caroid artery. This one that MMA figthers (just an example) trying to squeeze to put opponent to sleep. Physiological mechanism is different. Brain tries to support steady blood preassure and blood flow at all cost at any given time. Applying pressure to this artery disrupts blood flow and blood pressure. It causes brain to shutdown all other organs/muscles -- effectively to switch body to what is visible as a "sleep". Usually it continues around 10-15 minutes (so people who can put opponent to sleep in a street fight -- and you don't need long pressure, it's enough to correctly hit artery -- you have about 10 minutes to do something until after opponent will come back).
Will you give the same sensation? It could but likely not. You need to understand which of three parts of this BDSM brunch gives you pleasure -- look at physiological, psychological, and physical parts. It's very high level and very accurate but will give you an idea where and what to look for if you are interested to learn some replacements of erotic asphyxiation.
We have this one. Whole family uses it daily so we know what each of our averages are.
here you go link
I think its pretty accurate. I've seen then used in doctors offices
>And you don't need to be a rocket scientist to know humans need oxygen to breathe
Correct. We have an inexpensive and effective device to measure how much oxygen you are getting. Try a finger oxygen meter:
This is actually a good way to measure the oxygen levels because it can measure that oxygen that is in your body after breathing. If you were suffering from lack of oxygen, this finger meter would show it. Like this:
Hi Miguel, I've had lung function tests and these cannot be falsified. You either get the oxygen or you don't.
First off, get one of these. If you're O2 dips below 90% thats a problem. GO TO XCY Room. https://www.amazon.com/Zacurate-Fingertip-Oximeter-Saturation-Batteries/dp/B06Y2FFQB9/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?crid=1ZK8L1E85G77N&dchild=1&keywords=o2+monitor+finger+for+oxygen&qid=1596130392&sprefix=o2+%2Caps%2C222&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEySU5QVDlTQkMxV0QmZW5jcnlwdGVkSWQ9QTAxOTE4MTJLUzdDTjlXQjRJRUMmZW5jcnlwdGVkQWRJZD1BMDU3NDU0MzJZNUIwUlpaMFhUR04md2lkZ2V0TmFtZT1zcF9hdGYmYWN0aW9uPWNsaWNrUmVkaXJlY3QmZG9Ob3RMb2dDbGljaz10cnVl
Second, get an allergy test. See what you're allergic too. Food allergies trigger GERD (Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease).
Third, Go to your doctor and get a prescription for a nebulizer and the albuterol that goes in it. This way if your O2 goes belo 93% you take the nebulizer and a Benadryl and can avoid the whole hospital thing. I used my nebulizer for two weeks when I got COVID. Amazon sells portable ones too.
Hope this helps a little. I'm not a doctor, so go see yours.
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