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Tue, Mar 31 11:48am · COVID-19 and MAC: What are you doing differently to protect yourself? in MAC & Bronchiectasis

Yes, a positive (for the moment) is that the weather here is much better than in MI during March and April. But, thereafter it'll be brutally hot here. The sun may come out on Thursday for you. (Let's hope!!!) Lori

Tue, Mar 31 11:32am · COVID-19 and MAC: What are you doing differently to protect yourself? in MAC & Bronchiectasis

Yes, Arizona is on stay indoors starting this evening at 5 pm. We can go out to walk if we stay at least 6 ft from others. I didn't go to Whole Foods this morning because I wanted to be in solidarity with their employees' sick-in. I went to another grocery store instead, and hope that it's the last time for at least a couple of weeks, or more, if we give up fresh food. The U of Wash model https://covid19.healthdata.org/projections suggests that our peak in AZ will be around April 26. (I believe that projection was before Gov Ducey called for everyone to stay at home.) The same model projects the Michigan peak to be around April 10. Stay safe!

Mon, Mar 30 10:43pm · COVID-19 and MAC: What are you doing differently to protect yourself? in MAC & Bronchiectasis

Jane, We're getting up early tomorrow to go to Whole Foods to get fresh food, also as "people over 65." However, there may be a workers' strike there tomorrow, due to Amazon not treating the workers well. If so, we'll go to Fry's (i.e. AZ's Krogers). I remember Meijer being open 24 hr last summer. Lori

Mon, Mar 30 8:50pm · COVID-19 and MAC: What are you doing differently to protect yourself? in MAC & Bronchiectasis

@macjane Yes, we will stay in Arizona. Please be careful and stay safe. Can you have food delivered?

Mon, Mar 30 5:11pm · COVID-19 and MAC: What are you doing differently to protect yourself? in MAC & Bronchiectasis

@macjane Jane, where in Michigan are you? We usually live in Hartland, MI in the summer, but this year we're holing up in Arizona due to the terrible outbreak in SE MI, where my sisters and other relatives live. Please stay safe!

Mon, Mar 30 11:22am · COVID-19 and MAC: What are you doing differently to protect yourself? in MAC & Bronchiectasis

Kate, thanks! The video made me cry. I needed that.

Mon, Mar 30 11:08am · 7% Saline Solution in MAC & Bronchiectasis

Hi Terri! Everything's fine so far. Yesterday morning watched a bobcat try to sneak up on some quail in our backyard. Our 30-yr-old clothes dryer broke a week ago, so we had a new one installed on Saturday. I wore all kinds of protective gear. The installer has 5 kids, including a newborn, and was also quite concerned, so he probably appreciated my gear. I wiped it down and didn't touch it again until today. We're testing it out as I write, and I sure hope it works. Tomorrow, we're going to Whole Foods and then Fry's early in the morning to stock up on perishables. (I hope that's the last time for a while…) I was wondering–does anyone know if the Pari compressor is helpful as a ventilator?

Tue, Mar 17 7:42pm · 7% Saline Solution in MAC & Bronchiectasis

I joined the “7% club” 5 days ago. Here’s my experience: I was able to convince my GP to write a script because I gave her copies of the first page of two articles that Terri, Sue, and others have posted here, which she said she really appreciated: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4850692/pdf/13104_2016_Article_2054.pdf and https://www.resmedjournal.com/action/showPdf?pii=S0954-6111%2811%2900254-X
I’m using a Pari Vios Green LC Sprint nebulizer system. It’s been taking about 13-15 min to nebulize 4 ml of 7% saline. (I take about 6 slow in-and-out breaths per minute). I do cough sometimes during the process. The nebulizing has really helped me bring up mucus from my lungs. Until now, I’ve had mostly dry coughs (although I've gotten a bit more mucus in the mornings since I recently started taking 600 mg NAC). One thing I noticed is that when I nebulized sitting at a desk in a more confined space, the compressor pulled some of the nebulized fluid from the air and caused condensation in the tube from the compressor to the nebulizer. So, I suggest to new users to not be in a confined space when nebulizing.