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Fri, Mar 13 1:15pm · COVID-19 Coronavirus and Lung Health: What can you do? in COVID-19

I agree. It is so difficult to separate the politics….which is uglier by the day……and the reality. I am trying to get information from this site, CDC, my state website for the virus, some of the programs on C span, and try not to get caught up in the unhelpful posturing by the politicians and the media. The media will certainly sensationalize this as much as they can, and the politicians will use it for their own selfish ends. I hope the scientists and health care professionals working on this are unfettered and are allowed to do what they do best.

Thu, Mar 12 10:48am · best cpap machine in Sleep Health

Thank you for the info. I will be going to sleep specialist for consult next and am looking at types of machines available. Hope I can find one that is comfortable for me. Best to you!

Wed, Mar 11 7:30pm · best cpap machine in Sleep Health

Just heard from PCP saying my sleep study abnormal and suspected sleep apnea. He has referred me to a sleep specialist for a consult. What can I expect next and would like to hear from you about what cpap machine is preferred by those who use one. Thanks.

Wed, Mar 11 7:26pm · COVID-19 Coronavirus and Lung Health: What can you do? in COVID-19

Joe and Merry, I'm starting to get boggled by the information overload and wondering also sometimes…am I overreacting. I have a practice and see patients two days/week, have put into place a protocol I feel somewhat comfortable with in the office….we are supplied with hand sanitizer, Clorox hard surface spray, Lysol, regular bar soap for me and office manager. Having patients sit about six feet from me (psychology practice) which is not ideal, but I feel necessary per guidelines. We're being super aware of trying to protect us and the clients also. We are calling in advance and asking about symptoms, and giving them option of rescheduling, depending on their comfort level. Several people have been relieved to be able to reschedule their appointments. Everyone is also as best I can tell, very understanding of why we are doing what we are doing in regard to infection control. In my local area, no cases confirmed as of today. I have decided that once it hits our county and neighboring counties, I will suspend appointments for a while. I am in Tennessee and yesterday there was quite an uproar when governor announced they would not say what counties confirmed cases are in…….but his decision was quickly reversed because people rose up and demanded transparency. I hate that this thing has become politicized but in today's world, there seems no way to avoid that. Politicians and the media may be exaggerating, or may be minimizing. I'm not one to trust the government or the media too much. Luckily, I have no serious or chronic illnesses but if I did, I think I would be staying at home as much as possible until more is known. I have cancelled one dermatology appointment because I don't want to go in physician's offices or hospitals. Best to both of you and hope that all of us can avoid catching this one.

Mon, Mar 9 11:39am · Why do numbers vary with prediabetes in Diabetes/Endocrine System

I admit I have a sugar problem. It's difficult to curb. I think I am going to try and get into a regular routine with meals. My husband loves to carb load at dinner and also have dinner late. I need to go back to having an early dinner and let him eat a late dinner by himself. I find that if I eat late, I am more sluggish and I think that is contributing to higher A1C. Have two months before next doc visit, so I have to get to work. Thanks Dorisena, sounds like you have a good plan going!

Sun, Mar 8 3:24pm · Why do numbers vary with prediabetes in Diabetes/Endocrine System

A1C three months ago from doc’s lab was 5.9, I tested last month and it was 5.2. today is 5.8. Can anyone help me understand why numbers would vary? I understand that glucose attaches to hemoglobin and that’s how a1c is measured and am trying and hoping to get these numbers down. I have increased my exercise….currently doing yoga and recumbent bike for 30 minutes day up to 6 miles. Fairly active with walking on property and doing yardwork. Diet not too bad, but eat too much sugar. Anything else I can do?

Sun, Mar 8 11:07am · COVID-19 Coronavirus and Lung Health: What can you do? in COVID-19

I agree, we are looking at options right now. I am trying to find a mask. I am in Tennessee and one case confirmed so far but I know it will spread. Good luck to all of us, John. Thank you.

Sat, Mar 7 10:13pm · COVID-19 Coronavirus and Lung Health: What can you do? in COVID-19

Thank you so much for your input. Good suggestions all. I don't know all the clients, a number of them are claimants for disability and I only see them one time for an evaluation. I'm sure none of them want to become ill with this either. I have a small waiting room and I'm thinking of asking them to sit in their cars which is right outside my door until I am ready to see them, and then have office manager bring them inside, so no one has to sit close to anyone else in waiting area. I will have hand sanitizer in waiting area for them also. As much as I am concerned about not contracting this illness, I know that so many of the people I see are in dire need of help. I am hopeful they will let us know if they are feeling ill before coming to office so we can reschedule. And hoping this illness somehow disappears sooner rather than later. Best wishes to you as well and hope your practice goes well if you decide to return to clinical work.