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Tue, May 12 7:30am · What are the downsides to being tested for Covid 19 in COVID-19

If a coworker doesn’t test positive for covid 19 but his wife who is a nurse, has tested positive covid 19. But she doesn’t show signs of any symptoms. Should you also get tested?
The last day you worked with person was over a week ago. You don’t show any symptoms. Why would you go get tested? No one seems to know a clear answer? A doctor and nurse cannot advise either way. The answers are 3 times removed. No one gives a clear answer? How are other peopling handing this. Drs cannot write an order if you have no symptoms. This is a very complicated disease that’s for certain.
Should you go get tested for no reason?

Tue, Mar 31 5:03am · Terrified reading the news. Afraid of getting COVID-19 in COVID-19

I just want to share this picture I found. We are here for each other. Stay strong, stay safe and stay healthy.
God bless us all
Jackie

Wed, Mar 18 11:09pm · Virtual Tours: My plans to lessen the stress of quarantine. Yours? in COVID-19

You take coronacation .. lol.. a virtual vacation

Fri, Mar 13 8:14am · Acid Reflux - Natural Remedies? Diet Tips? in Digestive Health

Having anyone of these issues is torture. Having to live with all three is hell. As they all seem to be interconnected.
I have all three of of them together. So yep i feel like hell most of time.

This past week I was back at Mayo Clinic for an Endoscope with Bravo test, along with Esophageal Manometry test.
So after a full check of my throat, stomach, plus checking how I swallow, and eat.

I had the tests done cause I constantly experience chest pains, severe heart burn, a chronic sore throat, stomach aches, bloating at time along with on and off diarrhea and constipation.

Right It is 4:30 am while I'm typing, cause I was having my usual chest pains laying down and they are so severe, they woke me up.

So how do you cure this? The game plan is to basically drop 10 pounds. Not that I am overweight, i guess just looking like a scarecrow helps to eliminate the situation.

So what can you eat? Not the stuff listed below.. Which is my typical diet Coffee, I love chocolate, tomatoes, and spicy foods. It's tough having to give up Coffee and chocolate.

If you have gastroesophageal reflux (GER) or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), you can prevent or relieve your symptoms by changing your diet. Dietary changes that can help reduce your symptoms include

decreasing fatty foods
eating small, frequent meals instead of three large meals
Avoid eating or drinking the fol​lowing items that may make GER or GERD worse:

​chocolate
coffee
peppermint
greasy or spicy foods​
tomatoes and tomato products
alcoholic drinks

Changing your diet, and the way you have to eat is extremely difficult. It is just as bad as breaking a bad habit. Plus exercising when you feel like hell is not easy to get motivated with. When you experience this disease you are tired, starved and have chest pains, plus have a horse voice and constant sore throat.

Trying to cure this is major life changing event. I do hope I can overcome.
If anyone has any ideas or suggestions if you can please share them I would really appreciate them?

Tue, Feb 11 9:50am · Stay Healthy Traveling to Avoid Viruses, such as Coronavirus in Infectious Diseases

I work with people who travel the world. I would like to offer them the best suggestions for staying healthy. But just as we are about to conquer our travel fears of getting sick, a whole new virus pops up – the coronavirus. That is by far, in all my years, the scariest of them all.

When I think of all the viruses that people have feared when traveling, these come to mind, HIV/AIDS, Legionnaires disease, avian influenza, Chikungunya, H5N1-chicken flu, ebola, norovirus, SARS – not counting Montezuma revenge. Typhoid, Measles, Hep A and B, malaria. I know I am leaving out many more that you can catch from mosquitoes such as Zika. The list just keeps growing.

The latest is the coronavirus, I cannot even imagine what this disease does to the body. The early reports coming out of China are scary. It has even caused many airlines to cease flying to China.

How do we stay safe when we TRAVEL?

Getting your travel immunizations and hand sanitizer, are those the only things to prevent us from not getting sick? Face masks on flights, do they really give the right protection? Can you just use any face mask? Or are some better than others to filter the air we breath? Should we wear gloves?

Another question, could we be get sick playing with animals in different countries?

I myself have on my last two trips, was this just a coincidence or not? I played with a puppy in the Dominican Republic who I noticed in photos, touched my right ear. I ended up with a virus in my inner right ear, which got diagnosed as Meniere’s disease??

I just was in Cozumel were I took a photo kissing a Macaw Bird. Now I have severe Laryngitis. Coincidence or not?

I have also caught H-Pylori traveling. Which ended up saving my life by catching an early stage 1 Cecum cancer.

I would love to hear everyone’s way that they stay healthy when traveling the world. I don’t want to stop traveling. Looking forward to your comments,
Travel Girl.

How do you stay healthy when traveling?

Nov 12, 2019 · Living with colorectal cancer - Meet others & come say hi in Colorectal Cancer

@shiwlika Welcome to connect. I am colon cancer survivor. It is very scary at first when you are diagnosed. However, we are lucky to be born at a time where they have made tremendous progress with treating colon cancers.
My colon cancer surgery was done at Mayo. They check my CEA levels every six months. I believe they do that for 5 yrs post op.
I had a colonoscopy at 6 months post op. Then at 1 year post op. Now I am on a schedule of every 3 years for a colonoscopy.
Hope that helps? I did not have adjuvant chemotherapy so I cannot help answer that. .
I wish you the best
Jackie

Oct 7, 2019 · Sudden hearing loss and an echo in Hearing Loss

@joyces @imallears Well here is the latest. Ended up at the ER this morning. Woke up 2 times last night to pee. The second time at 530am My head was spinning so bad I crawled to the bathroom and threw up 3 times. My heart was racing. I could barely breath from the spinning. It was like I was on a whirlwind roller coasters and i couldn't stop. This is horrible I honestly thought I was going down. A voice in my head kept saying stay with us Jackie. Seriously it was that bad.

My husband was in the other part of the house getting ready for work when he finally heard me call him. He helped me to the car and took me to the hospital. They gave me an anti puking medicine and something to stop the spinning. Took a chest ex-ray that was fine. Took a CT scan that was also fine, Took blood work it was negative. I told them I had a 10 pm MRI. at their sister hospital they said to keep that cause they are backed up. Once I was able to start walking on my own they let me go home.

Gave me a prescription for dizziness and vomiting with instructions to take as needed.
I am feverishly working on my clients trips right now so I can get them done. Just in case.
Keep you posted
Jackie

Oct 6, 2019 · Sudden hearing loss and an echo in Hearing Loss

@joangela @sjd324 @colleenyoung @tonyinmi @nurseheadakes @imallears @judyca7 @lioness @maryjax
Hi everyone just thought I would check in and let you all know how I am feeling.
The hearing seems to be getting better. I hear more sounds. Music and Loud places are bothersome. It still feels like half of my head i working only.
Been getting a headache on and off. Yesterday I was completely exhausted. Good thing I decided not to travel to Chicago. I would not had the energy.
Today I felt better more energy but still tired. I can feel the pounds coming on my body UGH.. I think I already gained 3 pounds on the steroids and it not even been 1 week.
Besides weight gain? Do they also mess with your bladder I have to constant;y run the to bathroom? My Bladder never feels like it is emptying.
Plus I have a headache on and off. Yesterday it was most of the day my head hurt on the same side, I lost my hearing. Weird.. Today it only hurt once. I took 2 Tylenol and the headaches went away. The pain is above my eye, like a sinus headache. What was also weird unless I am loosing my mind it seems what ever is causing this pressure on the ear, moves to the sinus and there I felt pressure. Thinking that is what caused the headache?? With the headache the hearing felt a little better. There is still a seashell sound but not as drastic as it was.
How long the the steroids take to work? I have 14 days of pills, It has been 6 days, after tomorrow I taper off the dosage.
Tomorrow night at 10 pm I am getting the MRI. It was the only time that opened up somewhat close to where I live. I will keep you all posted on the outcome of that.
I had to stop reading every thing on DR Google, Cause it makes you want to put the Coroner on Speed dial..
I am a bit scared of getting the MRI, what if they say I need to be hospitalized? It has to wait, cause I have to give a Travel Talk on Wednesday at a museum and I have about 40 people showing up. This is nerve racking to say the least. So I am trying to talk myself into being well.
I kept busy all day that way I didn't think about the issue..
Good night.. going to try and sleep tonight. The 230 am wake up all week is killing me. LOL..
Jackie