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the inside scoop on coronavirus: 5 tips for fibro families

NOTE: I am not a physician. If you're not feeling well, please go to your nearest clinic and get help ASAP!

1.Don't ignore your body: I was perusing the internet this week catching up on the latest Coronavirus story. On CDC.gov they are still saying to watch for "fever, cough, shortness of breath." Signs that you will need to contact medical attention immediately include, "trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, bluish lips or face." Furthering my research, MayoClinic - Coronavirus disease 2019 adds that other symptoms to the virus can be "tiredness, aches, runny nose, and a sore throat.


2.You're not feeling well? When should you see a doctor? Anytime you're not feeling well should never be taken lightly, especially under these uncertain circumstances. Call your doctor right away if you have any of the COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to anyone who has COVID-19. Always be truthful with your doctor during your visit! Let them know who you've been around, if you've been overseas, and any other chronic medical conditions they may need to know about.


(This is a referemce map of where the Coronavirus has spread).



3. Keep up with current health information for your loved ones: Quite often I enjoy reading www.creakyjoints.org for articles on chronic pain. Check out these questions on Coronavirus Questions from Immunocompromised Patients that grabbed my attention.



4. Call your Dr. from home! Wouldn't it be fantastic to talk to your medical practitioner over the phone rather than going in and risk getting sick? Many of them are using "telehealth (also telemedicine, telecare, or virtual health care) and mobile apps to communicate with and monitor their patients." – PPM . Make sure that you ask your provider if this option to communicate will work for them.




5. It's okay to relax: It might be a crazy thing to say, given what's going on in the world. But if not right now, then when? When we hear the word "medication," we think of a physical pill we can hold in our hands. Yes, we may need those, but we need some mental medication too! Now is the time to try yoga! Take an afternoon nap, listen to some favorite tunes on our phone, catch up on some reading, binge watch a new tv show, and a spiritual service too!

A few songs that have always lifted my spirits: (click on the link to hear the songs).

· Sing, Sing, Sing - Benny Goodman

· Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy - Andrew Sisters

· Blame It On The Boogie - The Jacksons

· Take On Me - A-ha

· You've Got The Right Stuff - NKOTB

· Don't Stop Believin' - Journey

· Treat Myself - Meghan Trainor

· All The Ways - Meghan Trainor


I hope the information will be of some help. There isn't much left for me to say other than I hope that everyone comes out of this pandemic okay! Stay safe everyone!


Till next time purple butterflies!

Rachel





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