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IS THIS AUTHENTIC? / Re: British Helmet
« Last post by Jim McCauley on Today at 02:29:24 PM »
The insignia is for the Irish Army Southern Command.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS / Re: How's Everyone Doing?
« Last post by Masonk on March 25, 2020, 03:40:50 PM »
I am following most of the recommendations, not for me but for my family (two of which have asthma).

I do not consider myself bulletproof but my job gives me a better chance than most to not contract COVID 19. My work is tied around the wastewater treatment plant in my town, in fact my office is smack dab in the middle of it. With constant exposure to weakened strains of everything known to man, folks here build up an immunity to most bugs pretty fast.

There's a crick that runs through Philly called Tookany Creek. We joke about swimming in it as kids, and how dirty it was, which pretty much makes us immune to anything!
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ANNOUNCEMENTS / Re: How's Everyone Doing?
« Last post by Masonk on March 25, 2020, 03:37:47 PM »
Glad to hear from everyone. I'm on my second week of working from home. I work as a property manager for a bank, so we are keeping the banks up and running (essential business). My days are filled with working ways to get branches hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, deep cleanings in the event of an employee with a confirmed case, etc. Tomorrow I'll be filling spray bottles with liquid sanitizer, which we purchased in bulk, so they can be distributed to 250 branches. Strange times, to say the least.

Family (wife, kids, parents, etc) are all fairly healthy for the moment. Wife and I have been extra careful for the kids sake.

I have a cousin in New Jersey who is going through it. He's been blogging his day to day. Still sick, and presently on day 9! Interesting read, if you want to know how things progress. He's a heatlthy, fairly fit, mid-40's white man, to give you some perspective...


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This is my COVID-19 journal. Thought I would share it here so people see what is happening day to day so you know what to expect, at least one example of it. I'll keep adding to it.

Thanks to (Wife) for holding up and taking care of (4yo Daughter) and (2mo Daughter) and an incapacitated husband all on her own.

I figured there is not a lot of info on how the virus progresses, so people would want to know. I am so far on the mild trajectory vs the more severe, this is from the health of the lungs point of view. I have no sustained cough and keep monitoring my O2. From the fever/fatigue point of view this thing is kicking my ass. Day 8, day 8, I've never even had a day 4 of an illness.

Day 1: Started with bad nausea and burping monday night. I had a big meal and I think in retrospect, my digestive system just shut off. Leaving my stomach to just not know what to do with all the food. Just figured I ate something wrong earlier in the day and I went to bed. Woke up at 4 am with chills and fever. Rest of the day went as a low grade fever does of 100-101. Chills, body aches, etc. There was a hint of not being able to breath deep. Like after swimming. Zero appetite but forced myself to have some pretzels.

Day 2: Fever gone in morning. Thought I felt totally fine actually, but immediately talking to Ruby and walking around, shortness of breath was much stronger. Slight cough would happen if I kept it up, so I just resigned to not move much. Fever came back later in the day, then went away, then came back before night. Slight more appetite, had pretzels, bananas, cheerios and gatorade.

Day 3: No fever this morning. But chest feels like there is a large weight sitting on it, even at rest. Itís like the feeling when you are really worried but x100. I can take a full breath itís just harder like something is wrapped around my chest.

I can report the chest constricting feeling has subsided in the afternoon, thankfully. Now just the previous slight shortness of breath.

Day 4: Breathing better at rest. Fever back, and feeling feverish a little stronger today. Appetite increased and eating more food. Still fairly the same level of fatigue and weakness as previous days.

Around 5 pm, shortness of breath increased quite a bit and I started to hyperventilate (only later did I realize this is what happened). Hyperventilating caused my fingers to go numb, hands to spasm and I felt woozy. I essentially panicked causing my breathing to be erratic and had trouble speaking. This lasted about 90 minutes through ambulance ride and ER visit. But O2 level was near 100%, and chest xray and CT scan were normal. Left hospital after 5 hours.

Day 5: Fever came and went between normal and 100 as I took Tylenol. Very fatigued all day. Tried to eat and drink as much as I could but had bloated stomach all day.

Day 6: Fever 100. Got a pulse oximeter and O2 varies from 96-98 and pulse around 60. Slept the longest previous night, but extremely tired today. Same shortness of breath I've had all along.
No energy at all today. Had to crawl around the room.

Day 7: No fever in the morning. Slightly more energy. Fever cam back midday. O2 97-98. Same shortness of breath. More sluggish in afternoon.

Day 8: Fever at 100.7 on waking up. Up to 101.3 by lunch. O2 at 97-98. Days 6-8 have been lowest energy so far. Something Iím becoming more aware of is a complete lack of smell, which is contributing to having no appetite at all. Iíve read they are using lack of smell in Italy to determine if people are still contagious.
Went to bed feeling feverish, this was worst day for fever so far.

Day 9: Fever at 100 in the morning, but definitely did not feel feverish. I think I can smell more and breathing feels better. Was able to do some work. Seems like the odd days are good and even days bad, so hoping today stays good and then two good days in a row will be an important milestone.

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Regarding testing: on day 2, I messaged my PCP and got a response that they were covid unequiped (me too) and were sending everyone with symptoms to a nearby infectious disease specialist. That doctor's office said they were no longer able to test because of the building they were in and I would need to go the ER for testing. Spoke with that doctor later in the day who agreed I likely had the virus, recommended I only go to the ER if I in trouble.

Drive through testing opened on day 4 but I didn't want to wait in line all day when the news said they needed to prioritize first responders. I stopped pursuing testing at that point and was content to wait it out. Of course later that day I wind up in ER. When I was at the ER, doctor agreed I have it, seasonal Flu test was negative. But they did not give me covid test as the policy is they were no longer testing people where the result of the test would not change the treatment and I wasn't a health care worker. I've never had breathing problems in my life and there is a virus going around giving people breathing problems, what else could it possibly be.

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Bit overwhelming to see the response to this, it sounds like many people don't yet know someone with the virus. Just want to help prepare people. Based on the projections, more than half of the people reading this are going to get this virus. It is inevitable I'm sorry to say, but that is the science of it. 53% of all hospitalizations in NYC are aged 20 - 49. I've heard of many people where it is more mild but plenty where it is worse. I guess that is the most unnerving part, is to not know what response you will have. The good news is that the most serious of it is very rare for young people. But still need to be mindful of not spreading to more vulnerable.

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To keep (Wife) and the girls healthy, I've been living on a different floor since day 1. The ideal situation would be for me to get 100% better before Ruby might get it.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS / Re: How's Everyone Doing?
« Last post by Desertrat on March 25, 2020, 06:00:32 AM »
I am following most of the recommendations, not for me but for my family (two of which have asthma).

I do not consider myself bulletproof but my job gives me a better chance than most to not contract COVID 19. My work is tied around the wastewater treatment plant in my town, in fact my office is smack dab in the middle of it. With constant exposure to weakened strains of everything known to man, folks here build up an immunity to most bugs pretty fast.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS / Re: How's Everyone Doing?
« Last post by Rakkasan187 on March 24, 2020, 04:30:17 PM »
Carl,

I understand your concerns and frustrations with the fear of the unknown BUT,, as long as we all comply with the mandated stay at home and work safe policies that seem to be popping up, we will ride out this storm..

It is really imperative to take heed of the warnings.. Many of those who have compromised immune systems and other related issues that could increase the likelihood of catching the virus are the most at risk,,

BUT with that said many others who think they are invincible must also take these warnings and precautions very seriously and not risk getting someone infected..

These are different times and we have to adapt to the new lifestyle changes BUT the human race is very resilient and will bounce back from this. We will suffer but we will become stronger..

Blessings and Safe wishes for my Forum family..

Smitty
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FLIGHT CLOTHING / Re: Type B9 parka
« Last post by littlebuddy on March 24, 2020, 02:40:10 PM »
That looks a beauty Paul !!
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ANNOUNCEMENTS / Re: How's Everyone Doing?
« Last post by littlebuddy on March 24, 2020, 01:40:15 PM »
Let's keep this going my brothers . So good to hear you are all safe .
I k ow you ex military guys have probably feared for your lives at some point while on deployment at some point , but this has  really made me fear for the lives of my family and adopted families for the very first time and to be 100% honest I'm petrified !!
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ANNOUNCEMENTS / Re: How's Everyone Doing?
« Last post by Kohima on March 24, 2020, 10:52:30 AM »
Got plenty of coffee, toilet paper and too much ammo down here in the Bunker. M-4 is clean.

Everyone is locked down now and going bonkers. I'm in one of the hot spots. Can't find everything you need at the store. Loo paper at a premium.
No hand sanitizer to be found anywhere. Have a supply however. Gov ordered stay at home, food and medical runs only.

My FNX Tactical 45 ACP 15 round double stack just became my everyday carry.

A nice man in a big truck arrived with two bags of cat food this morning. At least the cat is happy.

Fun times.

Stay safe my friends.


Kohima the Bad.



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When I get some time I will add more medals that I just picked up...

Some really nice and interesting variations

Smitty
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ANNOUNCEMENTS / Re: How's Everyone Doing?
« Last post by Rakkasan187 on March 24, 2020, 10:47:13 AM »
Hang tough Carl,

Our city just placed us in a home lock down,, possibly for a month... $1,000.00 misdemeanor fines for violators who are non-essential workers and for those who don't have a reason to be out.. Grocery store, medical prescriptions and banks are the only go to places out of home...

Stay Safe Everyone and Please follow the rules in your areas...

Smitty
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