Think I am just thinking.

Words are but thoughts made visible.

Social Distancing

Yes, the new term we have all been learning is Social Distancing.  But, with the Covid-19 Virus, it is not only a good idea, it is really needed today.  Who would have though that  just a couple months ago, that the impact of a microscopic virus, could bring the world to it’s knee’s so quickly.  But understanding the impact has forced everyone’s hand on this one.  The one practice not yet adopted in the western hemisphere is the practice of wearing a filter mask when a person knows they are sick with a cold or flu bug.  I think this is a practice that will be soon imported into North America, as a practical way for individuals to help not spread their illness.

In a hospital surgery room, it has been the standard practice to wear surgical masks (not N-95) as a safety precaution.  But, the real safety has been for the patient who is having an invasive surgery of some type.  The surgical mask, helps to isolate the surgical employee from the patient, so that they do not contaminate the patient surgical site by accident.  It’s been stated that these masks, cannot filter a particle as small as a Corona Virus, but then, most if not all virus’s are carried within small droplets of moisture which have been expelled by an individual when they are talking, coughing, or sneezing.  The surgical or even a double/triple layered cloth mask can capture something as large as a small water/moisture droplet, which is light enough to hang in the air for little bit.

So, I think we can expect that our new social norm is going to become, that the person who is wearing a mask in public, is doing so to help protect everyone around them, and not for the purpose of protecting themselves.  But, in times of a pandemic, think about what good could happen if everyone started to wear a mask to help prevent the spread of a virus which has not yet resulted in any symptoms, such as what is commonly happening for a day or two, before people start to feel any symptoms from an exposure they did not know they had received.

In the future, perhaps we all will say, Thank You, to a person we see wearing a mask in public, as they are not thinking of themselves, but rather each of us.

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April 1, 2020 Posted by | cough, Illness, sick | Leave a comment

Perhaps just more than a Cold?

   Well here I am six days later and still fighting off the “THE COLD”, or side effects there off.  Well five days ago, I gave up, and went to the doctor for meds.  Seems what was a cold morphed into a slight bronchial lung infection.  I am now on my final day of a five-day regiment of Azithromycin, which is an antibiotic found to be effective for this type of thing.  That combined with some Muslex to aid in getting some of the gunk out of my lungs, has help put me back on to the road to recovery.

   In doing some research, I have learned about gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria.  Seems like the type of bacteria I feel victim to was the gram-negative variety of bacteria.  The interesting thing about colds is sometimes the thing that really makes you sick is not the cold, but the side effect flare-up of other things that can grow while your immune system is busy fighting off the cold virus.   So as it turns out, a bacterium’s best friend turns out to be a virus!

   Well today, I can once again breathe without having to take what feels like forced breaths.  Unlike a couple of days ago, I can also take a deep breath without feeling a slight deep-seated pain on the right-sided of my chest.  And last night was about the first night in three weeks that I did not have to keep blowing my nose throughout the night.  It was also the first night I was able to sleep in increments greater than a couple of hours, unlike the last couple weeks. 

   I find it truly hard to imagine what things were like back before there were the medicines we have available to us to-day.   When it comes to illnesses, I must say, “I do not long for the good ol’ days”!

February 20, 2011 Posted by | Cold, Cold, cough, Flu, Healthcare, Illness, sick | Leave a comment

What, Another COLD!

   Can it be, another cold?  Seems like it was only last month that I was making note of being under the weather once again.  I wonder if I can sort out entries by category?  If so, I might just have a blog on the illnesses of me!

   As I think back, this one started out as a very minor sore throat about five weeks ago, which lasted about four or five days and went away.  Then about a ten days ago, I had the classic sinus cold kick in, with all the head pressure, unable to breath through the nose, and general, not feeling the best.  After a couple of days and very long nights of this, things shifted down to the throat and it felt somewhat like a replay of the sore throat a few weeks prior.  Then things moved further south into the lungs.

   So now, I have that heavy congested chest feeling.  You, know, the one where every once in a while you feel like taking an extra deep breath to catch up.  Glans along the back of the jaw are swollen.  Sinus’s still plug up every late afternoon and night.  Throat is just a tiny bit sore, or perhaps just more ticklish throughout the day.

   Speaking of nights, when this first kicked in, every night, it seemed like my nose just wanted to run throughout the night.  Keep lots and lots of tissue handy, is all I can say on that one.  So right now, aside from feeling like I am coughing up a lung every now and then, I have not had any fever to speak of, what so ever? 

   So I am sure this is not a flu bug, but rather a common cold that as is so typical for me, transitioned into a minor respiratory infection that hopefully will work itself out.  I suppose I could run to the doctor get a bunch of antibiotics, but I really would like my body to build up some old fashion self immunity to some of the bugs the grandkids keep exposing me to.  After all, what doesn’t kill us, sure makes life miserable. 

That is the saying isn’t it?

February 13, 2011 Posted by | Cold, Cold, cough, Flu, Illness, sick | Leave a comment