“Clinical for COVID-19”

Posted by ccbelle @ccbelle, Apr 27 5:13pm

In virtual visit with PCP she told me that with my symptoms I am “clinical for COVID-19.” I had been swabbed a few days prior. She told me there was a very high probability that my test would come back negative because the virus had already moved down into lungs and also there was 30-40 % false negatives. I have had 14 days of fever following 3 days of diarrhea. I have had considerable difficulty breathing as I have asthma. If not for my rescue inhaler, I would have required oxygen. It feels like there is a belt around your chest and inability to get a deep breath. My other symptoms are headache and nasal passage discomfort. Just curious how others compare and how long the fever lasts

@ccbelle. Did your PCP give you any advice of what you should do to help you feel better? Did she recommend hospitalization?

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I've been hospitalized 4 times over this! Although I do feel much better than I did! I think this may just take time,we shall see! I have a dr. Appointment on Wednesday! ,thankyou for your concern!

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@ccbelle Welcome to connect we are a caring group that explain what helps us with same problem If you aren't getting better and you think you need oxygen I would go the the E.R. since your Dr. hasn't sent you there . With the asthma you have you need to take care of this . Im not a Dr but this is what I would do if I was in your medical condition . Let us know when you can how you are doing . Does your Dr know how bad your breathing is? If now call her .

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@ccbelle @lioness – so far my family has been well- I keep hearing stories of people being quite sick and still not getting tested. Told to ride it out at home- then some die.Nobody checks back with them and the sicker a person gets, the less energy you have to deal with the system. No matter what causes your respiratory distress you belong in the hospital. These people can’t be left to fend for themselves.

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@ccbelle– Good morning and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. You must feel pretty lousy. According to WHO about 3-6 weeks. But there have been patients who have been ill longer with lingering side effects. I would like to ask the same question as @mayofeb2020 did
" What did your doctor suggest for your symptoms? What have you been doing to ease your symptoms besides your inhaler"?

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@wishercristy

I've been hospitalized 4 times over this! Although I do feel much better than I did! I think this may just take time,we shall see! I have a dr. Appointment on Wednesday! ,thankyou for your concern!

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@wishercristy– Good morning and hello! I'm glad that you have joined the Connect community. Were you hospitalized for the same symptoms each time? What were they? Have you been placed on any meds or taken any to help with symptoms?

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@merpreb

@ccbelle– Good morning and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. You must feel pretty lousy. According to WHO about 3-6 weeks. But there have been patients who have been ill longer with lingering side effects. I would like to ask the same question as @mayofeb2020 did
" What did your doctor suggest for your symptoms? What have you been doing to ease your symptoms besides your inhaler"?

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@merpreb I do not have any symptoms and I do not use an inhaler. You must be mistaken. I've been staying at home since March 13, except for my daily walk, I've not been anywhere out of my house.

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@mayofeb2020

@merpreb I do not have any symptoms and I do not use an inhaler. You must be mistaken. I've been staying at home since March 13, except for my daily walk, I've not been anywhere out of my house.

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@mayofeb2020– I think that my phrasing might have made my post confusing. I'll editi it. Thanks.

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@merpreb

@ccbelle– Good morning and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. You must feel pretty lousy. According to WHO about 3-6 weeks. But there have been patients who have been ill longer with lingering side effects. I would like to ask the same question as @mayofeb2020 did
" What did your doctor suggest for your symptoms? What have you been doing to ease your symptoms besides your inhaler"?

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Thank you. Well, since there don’t seem to be any known therapeutics for at home use, we really didn’t discuss treatment. Based on my health profile and my symptoms she said she thought I would be okay, that days 5-9 seem to be the worse, and I was on day 9 with the visit. I use a neti pot and also saline nasal spray (nasal irrigation) to get relief from the pressure in the nose. Tylenol helps with the fever spikes and headache. The couple of times i tried to wear a bra, I found myself ripping it off because you already feel like there is a tight belt around you. Standing and lying down are more comfortable than sitting, particularly slouching, because airflow is better. When lying on your back, if you cross your arms up above your head on the pillow (not up in the air) it helps open airway. Unlike with other infections, my fever spikes tend to be in the morning, although I had a second one late yesterday afternoon. Drinking cold ice water helps because my mouth is always hot. Looking in the mirror does not help. The face looking back at me has glassy bloodshot eyes and dark circles below. My tree-filled back yard is my sanctuary. The fact that it is spring time helps because i can shuffle outside and smell my gardenias and confederate jasmine and watch everything in my vegetable garden in the sunny corner maturing and growing . I never lost ability to smell and taste.

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@merpreb

@mayofeb2020– I think that my phrasing might have made my post confusing. I'll editi it. Thanks.

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No problem. I'm so grateful I'm well, crossing my fingers and toes. I have to be extra careful, there were tens of thousands of people at the beaches last week it's very worrisome. It seems that New Zealand has stopped the virus in its track. They reported only ONE case last week and the country is slowly opening up to normal activities. They had a complete lockdown when the virus was first noted and the citizens complied. That's what made the difference. Sacrifices bring positive results.

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God bless and heal you from the crown of your head to the soles of your feet.

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@mayofeb2020

@merpreb I do not have any symptoms and I do not use an inhaler. You must be mistaken. I've been staying at home since March 13, except for my daily walk, I've not been anywhere out of my house.

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I was sick in December, January and February. So, I had a doctor's appointment March 12 which is in the hospital. I did go to that appointment. That's the last place I have been. I have been hibernating. I watch a lot of Netflix. I read the Bible each day online. I am trying to read it all the way. I have never actually completed it but I do belong to a Bible study group. I think it's been 20 years or close. I don't work and have no children at home. My nose is blocked most of the time. I think I'm allergic to my dogs but I will not get rid of them. They are my companion dogs. I talk to them like they were a person sometimes. They love company but we never have any. My children rarely ever come to visit. I have a grandson who is on drugs. I love him dearly but when he comes to visit, I feed him and then he always asks for money. Never fails. I love this boy so very much. His mother passed at age 49 from drinking and maybe drugs. It breaks my heart. Maybe I shouldn't say all this but my dogs already know. This may be out of order. If so, I am sorry.

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@ccbelle

Thank you. Well, since there don’t seem to be any known therapeutics for at home use, we really didn’t discuss treatment. Based on my health profile and my symptoms she said she thought I would be okay, that days 5-9 seem to be the worse, and I was on day 9 with the visit. I use a neti pot and also saline nasal spray (nasal irrigation) to get relief from the pressure in the nose. Tylenol helps with the fever spikes and headache. The couple of times i tried to wear a bra, I found myself ripping it off because you already feel like there is a tight belt around you. Standing and lying down are more comfortable than sitting, particularly slouching, because airflow is better. When lying on your back, if you cross your arms up above your head on the pillow (not up in the air) it helps open airway. Unlike with other infections, my fever spikes tend to be in the morning, although I had a second one late yesterday afternoon. Drinking cold ice water helps because my mouth is always hot. Looking in the mirror does not help. The face looking back at me has glassy bloodshot eyes and dark circles below. My tree-filled back yard is my sanctuary. The fact that it is spring time helps because i can shuffle outside and smell my gardenias and confederate jasmine and watch everything in my vegetable garden in the sunny corner maturing and growing . I never lost ability to smell and taste.

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What kind of water do you use for the neti pot? Do you purchase distilled water? Do you boil water? I have a neti pot but have only used it once. I also have a squirt bottle I used once and it felt like I put water clear up to my brain. I couldn't stand that so I never used that again.

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I had a gallon of distilled water on hand for use in my iron and Shark floor steamer and saline packets from the drugstore. The neti works with gravity and is gentle whereas the squeeze bottle uses pressure. The first time you use the neti, you’re a little apprehensive, but then you get used to it. It is very effective.

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@woogie

I was sick in December, January and February. So, I had a doctor's appointment March 12 which is in the hospital. I did go to that appointment. That's the last place I have been. I have been hibernating. I watch a lot of Netflix. I read the Bible each day online. I am trying to read it all the way. I have never actually completed it but I do belong to a Bible study group. I think it's been 20 years or close. I don't work and have no children at home. My nose is blocked most of the time. I think I'm allergic to my dogs but I will not get rid of them. They are my companion dogs. I talk to them like they were a person sometimes. They love company but we never have any. My children rarely ever come to visit. I have a grandson who is on drugs. I love him dearly but when he comes to visit, I feed him and then he always asks for money. Never fails. I love this boy so very much. His mother passed at age 49 from drinking and maybe drugs. It breaks my heart. Maybe I shouldn't say all this but my dogs already know. This may be out of order. If so, I am sorry.

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I don’t know if this would help, but i was reading online the other day about the ability of certain houseplants to improve air quality.
They actually remove impurities from the air. One is the peace lily. I know you’re wisely hibernating, but you could surely order them online. I also tossed all my curtains in the dryer for 15 minutes, and the lint trap was full. I also got rid of most area rugs because they trap a lot of allergens.

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