Shortly before Christmas, 43-year-old Juliana Shine of Simi Valley tested positive for COVID-19. Five days later, the same will happen to her fiancé.
“I felt like I was beaten. I was really hungry,” he said. “We had aches and pains, then a cough and then a sneeze. In fact at the end of it, we had difficulty breathing.”
Fearing hospitalization soon, internal medicine specialist Dr. Aamir Iqbal said with Agoura Family Practice that he is receiving many calls a day from frantic patients.
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“It’s a big moment when you have tested positive. Many people are very scared and nervous about what is going to happen,” he said. “What do I do? Or my husband tested positive or my husband tested positive or my child tested positive and now I live with them.”
Iqbal’s first suggestion is to buy a counter pulse oximeter.
“It’s a small device that attaches to your finger and has a percentage just above the screen,” he said. “When you fall below 94% some flags start throwing. And any number below 90% is a big flag.”
He suggests hydrating with beverages such as Pedial or Gatorade. Sheen’s doctor asks her to have a cocktail of supplements.
“The doctor gave us a bunch of vitamins,” she said. Sheen started taking vitamin C, B12, D3 and zinc.
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Iqbal said, “Some of these home remedies can really help. We know that they can’t hurt you.”
He also suggested over the counter medications such as acetaminophen, mucus thinners and a baby aspirin to prevent blood clots.
Iqbal said, “While baby aspirin is not equivalent to a full blood thinner drug, it may give you some protection.”
Studies show that sleeping on your stomach provides more oxygen to your lungs. Iqbal said that if it is effortless, but he tells his patients that it is not a requirement.
Some advice online involves waking up every two hours to circulate your blood. Iqbal said that quality sleep is very important. To eat more bananas, avocados or asparagus, he said that good nutrition is important, but food alone cannot prevent worsening symptoms.
A month after her infection, Shine is back at work
“I feel exhausted, and I still have some brain fog,” she said.
She was not getting enough energy to put in her Christmas decorations and Sheen had to postpone her wedding day. But, he is grateful to be on the Mention.
“Just have pity on yourself. Take it in a day and you’ll get through it,” she said.
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