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Jul 10, 2020 - 6:38:33 AM
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1712 posts since 4/22/2018

I went for a Covid antibody test yesterday. With hindsight, mentioning my phobia of needles travelling inside a vein in a room full of rescue team and paramedic colleagues probably wasn't my smartest move smiley  suffice to say the 'gentle banter' was abundant smiley

I had a week long spell of slight breathlessness at the end of February and I've often wondered if I had a very mild case - at least now I'll know one way or the other in a week or so.

Jul 10, 2020 - 8:42:03 AM
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figmo59

USA

31593 posts since 3/5/2008

Hope you score well...

Well...the way ..you want to score.... ;0)

I do not really know...but..
It would not surprise me if we all here have already had it...n survived..

Jul 10, 2020 - 8:53:23 AM

1712 posts since 4/22/2018

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Originally posted by figmo59


I do not really know...but..
It would not surprise me if we all here have already had it...n survived..


My thoughts exactly mate

Jul 10, 2020 - 9:18:42 AM
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10010 posts since 2/22/2007

Had to see a doc about another matter and tried to get him to order an antibody test---so that insurance would pay for it---- based upon my previous symptoms. He would not do it, saying vaguely that it wouldn't tell me anything useful and that only health professionals need them, which I do not understand at all. I THINK what he meant that if I tested positive for antibodies then I MIGHT not continue distancing and masking and so MIGHT infect others or even get reinfected myself, because he does not really know the facts.   Hope you get good results.

About that phobia of needles in veins, once in the hospital a young nurse very new in her career attempted to start an IV ELEVEN times without success! My arm was a bleeding pincushion and she was openly weeping when a gruff old nurse came in, took over, and nailed it on first try. My fear is not a phobia but based upon experience!

Edited by - banjo bill-e on 07/10/2020 09:21:22

Jul 10, 2020 - 12:08:43 PM
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Brian T

Canada

16738 posts since 6/5/2008
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I had a similar needle experience with a young nurse. After 15 attempts, I asked her to quit trying.
Poor kid was just about in tears.

What I really despise are the IV portals. Once they get a good "stick" and have that taped down,
you get dosed 24/7 . Some dork still finds a reason to stab you in the shoulder, I guess just for the hell of it. Fun to watch their reaction when I refuse to cooperate.

Jul 10, 2020 - 4:12:02 PM

9478 posts since 8/22/2006

Our local news reported the uptick in positive Covid test is mainly 18-29 years old.
I wonder why that is?

On a lighter note Jimmie Johnson had two consecutive false test Monday and Tuesday of this week but with the positive test last Friday he still considered a Covid case.

Jul 10, 2020 - 8:15:33 PM

bubbalouie

Canada

13970 posts since 9/27/2007

A friend I worked with had recently got his first aid ticket. I told him one day I was felling dizzy. Probably adhesive or fiberglass fumes. He knew my heart history & before I knew it he called me an ambulance! 

I tried to decline an IV. But agreed to one in the arm instead of in my hand. I told them I didn't need a hole in my hand when I went to work the next day.

I'm not sure of the medical term but I think they have me down as .. Afraid of needles. Ha! Ha!

Once you've been poked & prodded enough you don't even notice it.  I go to the vampire every3 months.

They cut veins out of my leg for 5 by- passes & took out my appendix & some of my bowel from cancer.

The most painful thing I've encountered is a bone marrow sample where they drilled into my hip with a hand auger. Scared of needles! 

Jul 11, 2020 - 5:19:51 AM

bubbalouie

Canada

13970 posts since 9/27/2007

Bit of a rant there Jonty. I really do hope you're O.K,

Jul 11, 2020 - 6:01:32 AM
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Bit of a rant there Jonty. I really do hope you're O.K,


I'm grand Bob smiley you rant away!.  I've dealt with some pretty gruesome scenes in my time and can easily stomach it but I turn into a big girls blouse at the thought of a blood test.

Jul 11, 2020 - 6:05:09 AM
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bubbalouie

Canada

13970 posts since 9/27/2007

Heh heh "Big girls blouse " I'll use that one again!  Take Care Buddy!

Jul 11, 2020 - 7:57:56 AM
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rinemb

USA

12423 posts since 5/24/2005

A month back, I called my doctor about getting a test for possibly having it, currently. (with no confirmed contact with a covid19 person) I was not granted a referral for a test. Based on the doctor's phone discussion with me. Either the doctor was right or I got over it without symptoms worsening. Brad

Jul 11, 2020 - 8:01:43 AM
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181 posts since 8/11/2015

Sounds very sensible to get tested if you are able to get a trustworthy test where you live.

The only antibody tests you can take here are the do it yourself-tests they now sell through various pharmacies, as well as tests at private clinics. Big business. But I read a article saying that all of these tests currently available were prone to both false negatives and positives, so much so that they are not offered by the authorities here. I don’t remember the numbers but the inaccuracy was apparently high enough to make most of these tests pointless. Some are probably better but how would you know?

Apparently around 10% of the population where I live think they have had the virus while less than 2% actually have. It did after all appear in the middle of flu season.

Myself I first thought I may have had it since most of us at work got sick in March and we work with tourists from all over the world. The last days of work before we closed down, I felt like I was in a zombie movie, trying to get through the narrow corridors of the museum. Every corner I turned seemed to have coughing tourists behind them and tight groups of people packed together. Again and again I changed route trying to get out.

Everyone at work had slightly different symptoms ranging from fever to sore throats, headaches and in one case stomach ache. But in retrospect I think it was probably something else. None of us lost our sense of taste or smell, which appears to be the most commonly shared symptom. And I was the only one who considered Corona as an option.

I would love to have been tested and know but with a high chance of false positive or negative results, either way I wouldn’t feel reassured.

Jul 11, 2020 - 8:06:37 AM

4 posts since 3/23/2018

I had to undergo a surgical procedure this week. Two days prior to entering the hospital, I had to go to outpatient to have the nasal anti-body test performed. It was horrible, much worse than the operation. The nurse stuffed a swab saturated with something far up the nasal passage. It had to remain in place for 45 seconds. It generated a terrible burning sensation. I almost greyed out. My nose and sinus on that side were irritated well into the next day. Fortunately, no COVID anti-bodies. I would never volunteer for the nasal test!

Jeff

Jul 11, 2020 - 8:47 AM

Owen

Canada

5834 posts since 6/5/2011

Brad, did your quack tell you which of these tests he had in mind?  

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/29/upshot/coronavirus-tests-unpredictable-prices.html?fbclid=IwAR3KSv2p5rgKUBKrZZby-bIF7FaVBaNzOkWCmH9tLEWwuQe1IKUkY5XMmU0

Fos1, I haven't heard the definitive word re. immunity and/or re-infection, but isn't an absence of covid antibodies somewhat of a catch-22..... i.e. you're still on the "list" to become infected?

Jul 11, 2020 - 8:53:29 AM
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72634 posts since 5/9/2007

Quickly and accurately testing our citizenry is seemingly beyond our capabilities.

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