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Going to the doctor, hospital or pharmacy during this coronavirus pandemic can add an extra unnecessary stress to your illness. Chances are that with a telephone consultation and proper medical prep at home, you can avoid going into medical facilities and exposing yourself to coronavirus.
Personally, I had a crazy flare-up with my chronic illness and the last couple of weeks have been hell-ish for Mike and me. We’ve made multiple necessary but unwanted visits to the doctor, hospital and pharmacy crossing our fingers that we don’t catch the coronavirus.
In the beginning of my flare-up though, we tried avoiding medical facilities. As a result, a family member/doctor sent me over a list of medical items I should have at home.
Thought I’d share this list too just in case you want to be medically prepared at home during self-quarantine, especially if you can take care of your health issue with a telephone consultation.
I am not a doctor. This list was provided by a family member who is a doctor. This is not medical advice from either of us. Please consult your own medical practitioner if you are feeling unwell. Feel free to add in the comments other medical items you think would be helpful to have at home.
What Every Household Should Have at Home During Coronavirus
These are the main items that every household should have at home to take care of health problems at home first.
- A basic oral thermometer for measuring temperature. Greater than 101 degrees should signal to call a health professional.
- Large first aid kit to treat minor things at home.
- A pulse monitor to monitor your pulse rate and strength. This one also doubles as a pulse oximeter (for households with people above 60 years of age).
Note: There are pulse monitors on phone apps but the apps may not be as accurate as having an actual pulse monitor.
What Households with People Above 60 Years of Age Should Have (Optional for Under 60 Years)
Here’s what households with people above 60 year of age should have in addition to the main items above.
As someone with a chronic illness, I also got these for my own household.
- Automatic blood pressure cuff (be mindful of blood pressure with less than 100 on the top number, unless you know you run low)*
- Pulse oximeter that doubles as a pulse monitor (be mindful of less than 90%)*
*Again, these numbers are recommendations from my doctor family member, but I am not a doctor and we do not know your situation. This is simply a guide, NOT medical advice. Please consult your own health practitioner if you are having medical issues.
What Households with Children Under the Age of Two Should Have
This is what households with children under the age of two should have in addition to the main items above.
A wireless home otoscope with the capability of taking photos on your iPhone. Do not put it too far into the ear. Watch videos online on how to use it if you are unsure. You’ll be able to text or e-mail these photos to your pediatrician if need be.
Again, I am not a doctor. Just passing on helpful information from my family member who is a doctor. If you are feeling unwell, this is not medical advice. Please consult your own health practitioner for advice custom to you.
Feel free to add in the comments what other medical items would be helpful at home during quarantine to avoid accessing medical facilities and exposing yourself to coronavirus further.
Thanks so much for taking time to read this, and please stay healthy!