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  • Theo166Theo166 Member, Premium Posts: 2,538 Member Member, Premium Posts: 2,538 Member
    lokihen wrote: »
    I don't know if this has been posted before, but a chilling account of trying to get medical treatment with long covid issues.

    https://mylongcoviddiaries.medium.com/i-finally-have-a-diagnosis-for-long-covid-and-its-shocking-82ddcb214656

    I'm not surprised at all. They didn't know how to treat normal COVID except for giving oxygen combined with rest and fluids. This 'long covid' has very diverse symptoms and they don't know the cause very well.

    I'm grateful my immune system handled covid without much difficulty, suppose that's a DNA gift from my parents
    edited May 27
  • MondowefteMondowefte Member Posts: 147 Member Member Posts: 147 Member
    kimny72 wrote: »
    I was reading a FB post by an epidemiologist who has RA, so she has been watching closely for data on vaccine effects in immuno suppressed or compromised people. She said while there still not enough data to be conclusive, there have been no obvious increased or different side effects from the vaccines.

    There is a suggestion though that in some situations, the mRNA vaccines are less effective. Methotrexate looks like it might diminish effectiveness of the vaccine. And it seems like there might be a notable reduction in effectiveness in those who have had organ transplants, are on dialysis, or who have cancer. Anyone in any of those situations, or taking some other medication that reduces immune response, she said should still consider themselves higher risk and keep in touch with a specialist who is staying on top of the latest recommendations

    It looked to me like this is specifically about the mRNA vaccines. I'm not sure if this is also a concern in the traditional vaccines.

    I have RA, and got the AZ vaccine. My doctor had me stop all RA meds for a fortnight on either side of the COVID vaccine. I don't have to do that for the flu vaxx.
  • GaleHawkinsGaleHawkins Member Posts: 8,135 Member Member Posts: 8,135 Member
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9623007/Melbourne-Covid-residents-flee-Victoria-head-Sydney-ahead-imminent-five-day-lockdown.html

    Interesting! When I first heard of this tight lock down order I was wondering if it might trigger a super spreader event. The fear factor seems to be huge. On the bright side maybe the vaccination rate/demand with shoot up.
  • SModa61SModa61 Member Posts: 1,829 Member Member Posts: 1,829 Member
    @hipari Thanks for sharing!
  • kshama2001kshama2001 Member Posts: 24,770 Member Member Posts: 24,770 Member
    SModa61 wrote: »
    I get the differences in opinion on masks but can we all agree that some are just being silly. I was just driving my car and I am in an area were street are 25 feet wide and both cars and people are not frequent. It is a quiet area. Despite that, when I was out driving I passed a woman walking a dog. No other humans in sight and she was wearing a mask. Those are the people I don’t understand.

    I'm on a dead end street with very very little foot traffic. During the beginning of the pandemic, a neighbor used to walk her dog while wearing a mask. She stopped wearing it at some point.
  • Theoldguy1Theoldguy1 Member Posts: 2,072 Member Member Posts: 2,072 Member
    Tuesday, my husband was taken to the hospital from work with tightness in his chest. His heart is good. It’s been determined that he has blood clots in both lungs, that have apparently traveled from his left knee area. He’s being given blood thinners to try to dissolve clots. No family (or personal) history of blood clots. The vascular specialist yesterday brought up side affects from the vaccine, which, in rare cases have been associated. We were fully vaccinated as 4/8/21. He’s not in the ICU, but next step down, critical care. Round the clock monitoring. At least in the hospital for one more day.

    I’m not trying to suggest this is due to the vaccine, just that it maybe a possibility. Knowing this, we both still would have been vaccinated. Stay aware of changes in your health.

    Friend had something similar happen.

    Best wishes for speedy recovery.
  • ExistingFishExistingFish Member Posts: 1,179 Member Member Posts: 1,179 Member
    kshama2001 wrote: »
    SModa61 wrote: »
    SModa61 wrote: »
    So many of these responses are tangential and do not apply to the scenario described.

    As for those mentioning acceptance, sure I get that. BUT, when you are mentioning acceptance of masks, please honestly answer this question. How accepting would you have been a year and a half ago if someone with social anxiety wanted to wear a mask into a bank? My point is that our sudden acceptance of this new norm of wearing masks is not because we suddenly care about the feelings of those with social anxiety, it is because this past year with COVID has made masks normalized. You NEVER could wear a mask into a bank, yet now it is required.

    As we learn new information and encounter new situations, different acts become normalized. We make room for varying types of behavior that meet individual needs. This seems like a positive thing overall, not a negative.

    While accepting new behaviors is part of life. I personally do not consider masks a positive. I miss facial expressions and seeing people smile. I do not like that people can better hide their identities. I fully accept that some may need them for medical reasons. I am so happy to be fully engaging with people again. Did you hear the story on the news last week about the young boy that encountered his teacher outside of the masked school setting? She had no idea who he was. We can relate and connect with people better when we can see our expressive faces.

    A way masks are not a positive for me - I've long suspected I do a little lip reading - it is harder for me to understand people with certain accents when we are on the phone vs speaking in person where I can see them. (Interestingly, after spending a long time working with people from India I apparently adjusted to that accent and stopped having a problem understanding them over the phone.)

    So I have a harder time understanding people with accents when they are masked. I notice I look at masks when people are talking, which is not very helpful :lol:

    This is me! I suspected hearing issues with certain tones, and I do so much better with movies when there are subtitles (I blamed my ADHD for that one), but I, too, find myself staring at masks when people talk 😬 and frequent repeating is sometimes necessary... throw in a plexiglass barrier with background music and other ambient room noises and there are times I am sure we are both beyond frustrated... I can’t imagine behind behind one and having to do it all day, I would be exhausted!

    I have been tested for hearing loss and mechanically my hearing is near perfect. I still struggle to hear people in masks. Even over the phone! It is the muffling affect I assume plus I think I have an auditory processing difficulty on my end.
  • Theo166Theo166 Member, Premium Posts: 2,538 Member Member, Premium Posts: 2,538 Member

    I have been tested for hearing loss and mechanically my hearing is near perfect. I still struggle to hear people in masks. Even over the phone! It is the muffling affect I assume plus I think I have an auditory processing difficulty on my end.

    I'm convinced some people are speech lazy and enunciate less when they are wearing a mask. Research indicates that faceware has a small effect on speech clarity.
    https://theconversation.com/the-science-of-how-you-sound-when-you-talk-through-a-face-mask-139817
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