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Do you know someone personally who has the COVID-19 virus or suspects they may have the virus and are in self-quarantine? How are you supporting them?
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Just wondering, do any of you know personally anybody sick with any kind of flu? How about the covid-19 flu?
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@windwalker, Good afternoon. Yes I do know someone. My granddaughter and her boyfriend both were in the ER for flu even though they both had flu shots. She was told it was the flu, not the covid-19 flu. Please explain. I talked to her last night and she is home but afraid of cov-19. Still coughing.
What’s next? How can I help? Chris
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It's getting closer by the day. My wife's college roommate took test yesterday after being at conference last week with someone who tested positive. No result yet.
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Absolutely and we're worried. Our daughter, an ER nurse was tested this am and sent home to self-quarantine. She is negative for Flu A & B, strep & RSV. Awaiting Covid-19 results.
She is only 40 but high risk. Her sister is looking after her needs from outside her condo as she is at home with 2 toddlers. We're 1500 miles away and couldn't do anything directly if home as we are both very high risk. So wait and pray.
It takes 5 days for Covid-19 results right now despite any political assurances otherwise. Also, at least in Minnesota and Texas, testing is restricted to health care workers, hospitalized and ltc patients due to a shortage of test components. That means even if she is positive her close contacts, if ill, will not be tested. So, we have no idea how many in the US are infected. Please be careful!
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@sueinmn – Hi Sue. This must be extremely frustrating for you. But you can help. You can order groceries, flowers, anything on-line. Or call a grocery near her and fill up her refrigerator. You could order lessons for something new that she's wanted to do, movies, etc. Does this sound doable?
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We are sending you and your daughter good positive thoughts. Can you do a video chat with her? It must be very frustrating, keep the faith.
@merpreb Thanks Merry – Her refrigerator and cupboard are full of easy, healthy food because as an ER nurse, she was afraid she might get sick. We're keeping in touch via group text so her sister, Dad & I all get stay informed with the least strain on her. In addition, my sister (local to her) is keeping in touch. I also have contact info for some of her close friends and instructions how to access her condo in case we think she needs a welfare check. Now we just wait for test results and pray she is strong enough to weather this (she already had Influenza A this year, in spite of the best vaccines.)
Today she says she feels about the same as yesterday, headache, sore throat, fever and cough, but not a bad as Influenza A. She actually hopes it is Covid-19 and that she recovers easliy so she can get back to work without fear and help with this crisis. Much of her clientele is poor, homeless or nearly so, and she has great compassion for them and expects them to be hard-hit due to poor nutrition and health/mental health issues.
Thank you all for being so caring. May you all stay well through these trying days.
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Oh Sue, big hugs
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@sueinmn Hi Sue,
I am so sorry to hear about your daughter. She sounds like an exceptional nurse and person. She really cares about others! You raised her well. I'll certainly pray for her that she recovers quickly from whatever is causing her symptoms. As she said, she is needed!
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Thank you all – we are very hopeful.
As of 3:30am (we are a 24/7 family) she was doing well enough to have done homework (she's also a FT on-line student) and bathed and was headed to bed. Her symptoms seem about the same as 48 hours ago, which according to her is a very good sign.
I just keep praying and encouraging people take this seriously but not panic. One of my repeated pleas to friends, family & acquaintances is: "Please get your information from the CDC and State Department of Health, not Facebook and Twitter." Another is "Regardless of your politics, we're all in this together and fighting and sarcastic posts do not help."
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That's great news Sue @sueinmn. I'm praying for all our nurses, doctors, healthcare, and personnel who serve the communities. Also hoping 3M and other companies can gear up quickly to make more masks and ventilators. Thank you for sharing your repeated pleas to friends, family and acquaintances. My group is smaller but I try to do the same. I do worry about my wife working at different local post offices at age 75. She is in excellent health but sometimes thinks she's invincible. Our daughter works at Mayo in Rochester and I do worry a little about her since she has a pacemaker implant. We haven't had any COVID-19 cases here in Dodge County yet but I'm sure we will sooner or later.
P.S. – We had a trace of snow here last night but it's 22 degrees and the sun is out now. I was surprised to see the sanding truck drive by the house this morning. Must be a little slippery.
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Hi @sueinmn @artscaping and @dsh33782, I'm wondering if you would mind hopping over to this discussion to support others with family members who have or may have tested positive for COVID-19? See here
– Family member with COVID 19 https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/family-member-with-covid-19/
Yes, we can all pray for our healthcare professionals and those many other personnel who serve our communities to keep basic services like utilities, garbage pickups and others well and able to do their jobs.
Just curious, yesterday my e-mail was absolutely flooded with posts from our covid-19 group. Today, not one message in my e-mail box. Has something changed with posts and response deliveries or is it maybe my Yahoo e-mail that has made this difference?
@fiesty76, my mailbox had significantly more emails from the COVID-19 group discussion yesterday also. I would scratch it off to a lot of different factors but not necessarily a change with posts and deliveries…just my opinion though.
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@johnbishop Thanks, John. I would like everyone to know my sister works at 3M in Maplewood, and she says they have indeed ramped up to maximum production and shipping of protective equipment in all of their plants – even as they have sent everyone else to work from home.
I would say we need to be equally grateful to our postal workers, factory workers, truckers and supermarket/big box store workers who have stayed on the job despite all the fears about close contact. Please wish your wife well for me and tell her to stay safe.
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