Thoughts after C-19
Having had a very 'close shave' with C-19, I hope that a few observations would be of general interest.
I was very fortunate that my GP was in 'phone contact. One morning at the end of March he was concerned with my condition
by listening to my voice, so much so that he called again at lunchtime. He asked questions and decided that I needed an immediate assessment and arranged with A&E to collect me. I returned home 12 days later. My journey is still shown on iPlayer.
What have I learned from my experience ? As PMR and/or GCA sufferers we need to be extra vigilant against this fast action C-19 disease
which rapidly affects the lungs. It is vitally important to give the GP or the 111 service useful information, as fast as possible, for the initial diagnosis.
The main markers for C-19 seem to be any or all of high temperature (over 38C), persistent cough, loss of taste and smell. The important questions you will be asked extra to the general 'how are you feeling', are what is your temperature, your pulse and breaths per minute.
Everyone has a thermometer, and you should know what your own temperature is when you are feeling well. Many have basic temperatures even 1C below the 37C 'normal'. Take your pulse and the number of breaths you take per minute information before your call, as these are not easy to take when you have a phone in one hand and a watch in the other ! Additionally, you can buy a really useful inexpensive gadget (oximeter-pulse ) which gives you not only an accurate pulse but also the vital oxygen saturation figure which measures the efficiency of the lungs - the crucial organ which must be protected for survival. Of course, always useful to have recent bloods results to hand.
Be prepared and dont wait to call for help if you have even the slightest feeling of a problem.
Keep well Keep safe