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9/7/09 11:10 A

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Jilly,

I'm glad you decided to take my advice, it could help keep you from getting sick, but don't waste your money on masks, I just read that they don't do that much in helping you from getting sick (I think I saw that info on WebMD). The best ways are the things I mentioned, the hand sanitizer, frequent hand-washing, trying to stay away from people who are sick, not touching door handles or faucet knobs, etc. I also read that when someone has a cold or a cough, the particles from their nose & mouth travel 3.3 feet (but I had read previously that in order to keep from catching their germs, you need to stay 15 feet away from them).
Also, you probably already know this, but in the winter time, you lose most of the heat from your body through the top of your head, so I always wear a hat or a hood when it's cold outside.
Good luck & Good health!
Terry

P.S. Don't feel bad, I get sick every year too, and have had pneumonia three times.

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9/6/09 9:59 P

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Hey Irish Good Morning.

Yep know how that feels. I was quarentined for 2 weeks cause they thought I had the H1N1 virus. Turned out to be a really BAD flu but not that one. I think I will take your advice. I believe I got the flu and my last 2 colds from going to uni.

I will get some of that disinfectant and a mask. I also have Chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia and have the epstein barr virus so Im very vunerable to colds, bronchitis, pnumonia, plurasy and flu. I get them every year. DAMN!!!

Now with my heart condition I just cant afford to take chances.

Cheers Jilly

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9/6/09 1:13 P

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I drive a bus, and last year I had a girl that was coughing, sneezing, etc. I took her into the office, and told the asst. principal. She told the girl, "OK, we'll have the nurse take a look at you later, you can go to breakfast now." (At that time, I had been wiping & spraying everything down, every day with spray & antiseptic wipes). About a week later, the whole entire school shut down because of the H1N1 virus, and I was off work for a week without pay. When they came back, I got very sick and had to stay home for 4 days. (I'm not sure what I had, but was very, very sick. I went to the doctor, but they didn't tell me I had H1N1).With CHF & lupus, luckily I survived, but it was very hard. This year, I will be driving for the same school, and they are saying that this year's bout of the H1N1 virus will be even worse than last year.
I'm speaking from experience when I say to buy a bunch of those little bottles of waterless hand soap and keep one in your purse, one in the car, etc.
Sometimes I forget to open washroom doors with a paper towel when I'm leaving, so I just use my shirt. I'm going to be even more careful this year than I was last year. (I've also had pneumonia 3 times).
I can't believe how many people are oblivious to how easily germs are spread. One day I was ordering a sandwich at Subway, and the guy who was making it coughed right over it.

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9/6/09 9:50 A

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Hi Evelyn

I was given a program schedule for the cardiac rehab at Royal Perth Hospital and I also said I was gonna do it but I didnt. Im going away for 10 days but when I get back Im going to ring my Cardio and the hospital and book in for it. I really need the help. I was thinking about wearing a heart monitor so I will get their advice about it.

I have ANOTHER rotten cold at the moment, my immune system is shot. Im sick of being sick LOL. I dont feel like doing much at the moment. I will get back into it tho.

Thanks so much!!!

Cheers Jilly

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9/6/09 6:57 A

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Does your hospital have some form of cardiac rehab? It's often available here in the States for those who have had serious cardiac problems. I had a quintuple bypass, didn't have any symptoms at all prior to discovering that my artery was so blocked I was on my way to a major heart attack. Anyway, during rehab, I exercised with a monitor on me and an exercise physiologist and nurse monitoring every move and teaching me what to look for. I now work out every day for 45 minutes to an hour at the gym and then walk for another half hour to 45 minutes. There were a couple of people doing rehab with me who had the irregular beats like yours and I know they were teaching them to wear a wrist monitor, to breathe a certain way if the beats went too high and when to call for help.

Hope this helps you at all!
Evelyn

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9/6/09 1:45 A

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Thanks so much. Exercise scares me because my two hospital admission were after I did some exercise. I think I need to find out just what and how much I can do.

I still feel lousy after the cardioversion and dont know if this is normal or not? Oh dear, I think Im having a bit of a pity party. Having ANOTHER cold doesnt help either.

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9/6/09 1:17 A

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I'm sure you will get a lot of advice from a lot of different people, but when I first found out I had CHF, I would lay in bed at night wondering if I was going to die of a heart attack in my sleep every time my heart skipped beats or did that flip-flop thing. I decided I wasn't going to just lay there and take it, so I started walking, v-e-r-y slowly at first, then a little faster the next time. I am up to 6 miles per week.
Don't be afraid of exercise, it could save your life.Just start walking at whatever pace you feel comfortable with, and the more comfortable you become, the faster you will be able to walk, and the better you will feel. The most important thing is to keep moving.

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9/6/09 12:59 A

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Hi I'm new here and desparately need some advice on how to cope with my heart condition. I had my first serious bout of AF 17 months ago and ended up in the cardio ward in Royal Perth Hospital here in Western Australia. My heart was out of sync for weeks and I was put on warfarin and dixogin. I was scheduled for cardioversion but thankfully my heart went back into sinus rythym. My cardiologist warned me there was a high probability of it happening again. I did the old ostrich trick and buried my head in the sand and thought it would not ever happen again. Guess what it back in July but quickly settled down but 2 weeks ago I had to have an emergency cardioversion in ER and since then I feel lousy, anxious and upset.

Im scared of dying. I dont know what to do. I dont want to be babied but since exercise sparked both hospital admissions what can I do now. Im very breathless all the time. I dont know if thats the clopideril or the heart causing it. Im very unhappy about the whole situtation.

I have looked up heaps of articles on AF, causes,symptoms etc, but couldnt really find much on how to cope with it all. I badly need some advice.

I realise now that I have always had it, even as a child my heart would 'flip' and 'flop' but I thought it was funny and that everyone had it. Its only now that I am old and fat that its become a problem.

PLEASE, PLEASE give me some advice on how to cope.

Thanks Jilly

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