Living Alone: How would you prepare in case of getting COVID?
Recent reports are coming out that after initial recovery from covid, some are suddenly becoming very ill again with the virus. A recent article from Business Insider started me thinking about this and steps I might need to take if I suddenly became too ill to call for help.
One suggestion was to call and check in with a trusted friend each day who could come check on you if you didn’t call. This would have worked for me earlier but because of health factors, the persons I would call cannot do the ff-up now because of their own serious health issues.
My “plan” if I start feeling ill, is to send a daily “I’m ok” e-mail to my out-of-state daughter. She agreed because she checks her e-mails daily. She suggested that a call to my pcp and pulmonary docs now might also help guide me if I needed to call for help. When her friend’s dad became ill, he told 911 of his lung problems and they immediately admitted him to the hospital.
The entire article from Business Insider can be found at: https://www.businessinsider.com/what-its-like-to-get-covid-19-when-living-alone-2020-5
The following exerpts provided some suggestions I hadn’t considered:
“If you live alone, make a plan to check in with the same person each day. Stackhouse checks in with one trusted friend every morning. “If they don’t hear from me, they have a key to my house and they will come to check on me,” she said. She’s also prepared instructions, food, and medicine for her dog, in case she needs to go to the hospital and can’t care for it.
Sue Anne Bell, an assistant professor in the University of Michigan School of Nursing, recommends people living solo with the disease follow a similar tact by making a deal with someone trusted that you’ll touch base every day. Make sure they have your healthcare provider’s number and any other personal health information you’re comfortable sharing, she told Business Insider.
It’s also a good idea to keep note of your daily symptoms,including your temperature, which should be taken at the same time every day. “This can help you decide if and when you need medical attention,” Bell said, adding that may want to share the log with a friend or family member as well.
This process helped North play doctor to himself. He recorded his appetite, as well as how long he could stand in the shower without getting dizzy. “Based on these measurements, I would decide if I would rest more or change nutrition,” he said.
Finally, Bell encourages people to ask for help with things like getting prescriptions and groceries. In Stackhouse’s experience, people are eager to answer the call. “Before this, I honestly didn’t realize that so many people cared about me,” she said. “I have been moved to tears by people’s kindness.”
Even making the bed was impossible,” she said, let alone finding ways to safely get food and medicine and monitor her symptoms with a foggy brain.
Kearse is one of several people around the country who told Business Insider about the challenges of getting sick with COVID-19 while living alone, from the fear of falling so ill they’ll be unable call 911 to the practical burdens of acquiring food and medicine.”
For others of us in this group who are living alone, have you set up steps for “bracing for the second week crash” of the illness after once feeling better? What plans have you put in place? All suggestions will be appreciated. Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy.