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LSemmens

[*] posted on 16-9-2016 at 01:30
We have medic alert here in OZ, SWMBO has one. We also have all of her medical history, and medications, recorded on her tablet (iPad) which the pharmacist at our regular hospital Loves! She wishes that all patients had it. Our govt is in the process of setting up e-PAS (a centralised database of all patient records) which has, already paid for itself as far as we are concerned as, last visit to the hospital, Deb's cardiologist went back over the last 10 or so years of blood works and, basically, gave her a haematology consult which identified cronic anaemia that had been missed in the past because her bloods were borderline.

We are reliant on the public system and never have to pay for hospitalisations but sometimes have to wait for non urgent stuff which is fair enough.
JackInCT

[*] posted on 15-9-2016 at 23:22
Quote:
Originally posted by marymary100
My mum had to wear one because she had a rare blood type.


Allergies to medications is another biggie; also, I've been "assured" by a doctor that anyone on some type of an anticoagulant will have blood work done (for an unconscious person) to determine that, and med(s) will be given prior to the surgery to counteract the anticoagulant; here's hoping that scenario plays out. Around here, a patient has to go off an anticoagulant 10 days prior to a procedure like a colonoscopy, i. e., anything invasive, and the resume date is set by the gastroenterologist; BUT IMO, it would be good practice to check that (going off) with the prescribing physician for the anticoagulant, especially if that's a cardiologist; it would come as no real surprise if the cardiologist "just happened" to minimize the stroke risk (at the office visit when that medication was prescribed), and there really is considerable risk in going off re a stroke [re what thevarious cardiac 'machines' are telling him] --classic personal decision making--stroke risk for 2-3 weeks versus a colon cancer screening and excising a cancerous polyp at a very early stage.
marymary100

[*] posted on 15-9-2016 at 21:47
My mum had to wear one because she had a rare blood type.
JackInCT

[*] posted on 15-9-2016 at 19:36
I am sure that the entire planet, and most especially the posters on this board, are breathing a sigh of relief that Hillary (you the Hillary that what's his name wife, and Cheesy's (something like that) mother) is back on the campaign trail today (09/15).

Her rather demanding schedule includes, "Clinton returns to the campaign trail with a rally in Greensboro (North Carolina) followed by a speech at a Congressional Hispanic Caucus gathering in Washington in the evening".

It will be interesting to see if she is now wearing a Medic Alert bracelet or pendant. I presume that all of you across the various ponds have some type of equivalent (maybe another name) for the Medic Alert stuff, what they're for, etc.,.

I for one sure wouldn't want to show up at some ER/trauma center [that I've never been to before] without the staff knowing anything about my medical history cause EVEN IF you wind up at one where you have been a patient previously they are *NOT* going to pull up your records to include calling your primary care physician (if you have one).

Relying on a family member/etc. to accompany you and provide that information may be a likely scenario, but there's no guarantee in this world that will ALWAYS happen. And a family member's most important role may well be one of advocate re the decision making process for treatment choices, especially in cases where the patient is disoriented/unconscious/etc.,.

And last but not least, don't expect the hospital to verify that the person accompanying someone to the ER is who they say they are via an ID, relationship, etc.,. I've never seen any stats on this but there are (at least a few instances) cases of someone showing up at some type of a medical service with falsified ID, i. e., NOT their real name, etc.,.
marymary100

[*] posted on 14-9-2016 at 09:20
The press here claimed she was having her pulse taken by a security guard with medical training en route to the vehicle. The photo looks like that might be the case.
JackInCT

[*] posted on 14-9-2016 at 03:57
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Originally posted by scholar
It would be because she doesn't want to look weak. A trip to a trauma center would make it a bigger event.


I totally agree with your reasoning; I'm going to wonder out loud IF at least one of her security people has a background as an EMT/nurse and there is medical gear discretely hidden in her vehicle--hey maybe someone in the vehicle hidden from view did an assessment. Ambulances in my area have a data link to the ER; so maybe Hillary's vehicle has a 24/7 link to a doctor somewhere re the decision making process. All top secret stuff.

The rest of my reply is FYI re your post on her health problems:
"On Friday, Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign released a health care statement revealing that the former Secretary of State has hypothyroidism as well as allergies, and is taking Armour Thyroid. It also stated that the 67-year-old Democratic candidate has allergies and is taking antihistamines, vitamin B12 and Coumadin."

Coumadin is frequently referred to as a 'blood thinner'; a more technical term would be anti-coagulant.

"Coumadin controls how fast the blood clots, preventing life-threatening clots from forming inside the arteries, veins or heart during certain medical conditions. If there is an existing blood clot, Coumadin may prevent the clot from getting larger, while also acting to prevent a piece of the clot from breaking off and traveling to the lungs, brain or heart. It does not work to dissolve the clot, though clots sometimes dissolve on their own..."

Coumadin (generic name Wafarin) is one of those meds whose level in the patient's blood needs to be monitored (probably at least monthly) via blood work (drawn at a lab/the doctor's office by a nurse) and the results give an INR (international normalized ratio) level; the prescribing doctor sets a range that the INR MUST fall within, and if it doesn't, the dosage is increased (if below) and decreased (if above); if the dosage is changed, the frequency of the blood work is increase until the INR is in range; this process continues ad infinitum for as long as the patient is on Coumadin.

There are other anti-coagulants besides Coumadin.

My cardiologist tells me that the risk of stroke increase with age, and prescribes an anti-coagulant to reduce the risk (but of course does not reduce it to the point of it being zero).

There are consumer level (small) machines available to do INRs at home (instead of going to a blood drawing lab). These machines come with a very professional DVD which describe in minute detail how to use the machine; but the consumer is still required to call in the reading(s) to the prescribing doctor's office (typically all this is handled by one of the doctor's nurses); obviously if the INR is out of range, the doctor's nurse will set a new dosage level.
scholar

[*] posted on 14-9-2016 at 02:36
Quote:
Originally posted by JackInCT
By the way, one of the yet to be answered questions is when her legs "buckled", why she wasn't rushed to the nearest emergency room (called trauma centers in some countries). .

It would be because she doesn't want to look weak. A trip to a trauma center would make it a bigger event.
scholar

[*] posted on 14-9-2016 at 02:29
The ruling elite of the Democrat Party rigged the process so that Bernie could not get the nomination. The prevailing opinion was that a self-described Socialist could not win the Presidency.

I think it is too late for another candidate to get on the ballot in most states, if not all. Voting prep, including paper ballots and voting machine design, as well as early voting, absentee ballot voting, and voting by military persons overseas all require the list be determined early.

With respect to Hillary's health--I posted a link, earlier, to remarks critical of health problems she might be hiding (several of which would relate to her admitted brain injury, from which she has claimed full recovery).

After a recent marathon cough, she claimed she was coughing from allergies. Later, the information came out that she has pneumonia.

Pneumonia is usually quite treatable, with full recovery likely. It is certainly no bar to the Presidency.

It says a lot about Hillary's habitual lying that she would immediately say that the coughing was from allergies when it was a much more serious, but conquerable, condition. In her mind: why admit to something serious, when a lie will serve instead? That approach has been her go-to response through her whole political career.
JackInCT

[*] posted on 13-9-2016 at 18:38
By the way, one of the yet to be answered questions is when her legs "buckled", why she wasn't rushed to the nearest emergency room (called trauma centers in some countries). No one has said that there was a doctor in her entourage who made an on the spot assessment (like her b/p, heart rate via stethoscope, pulse, etc.,).

Also she is at the age where atrial fibrillation is a fairly common condition, and the first time it occurs (if indeed it was the first time) an EKG is usually done; and if there was no medical doctor in attendance to rule in/out atrial fib, a trip to the ER would be vital for an EKG.
LSemmens

[*] posted on 13-9-2016 at 10:07
The chicken soup has become a generic "get well" gesture. Though, I'd wonder what Hillary would think of a soup sent by her "rival". shocked_yellow
JackInCT

[*] posted on 12-9-2016 at 20:25
It is being reported that Donald Trump sent a 'get well' greeting to Hillary while on the radio.

The word on the street is that Donald's wife, Melania, is cooking up a pot of homemade chicken soup to send over to Hillary (it's probable that sending chicken soup to someone who is ill is unique to American "customs").
JackInCT

[*] posted on 12-9-2016 at 17:54
My sources on the street are telling me that Hillary Clinton's security team has gotten word that there is a voodoo doll/Hillary's effigy somewhere at Trump's campaign headquarters with all kinds of pins stuck in it; they are seeking a search warrant since that might be why she is ill.

Just saying that running for the office of president of the USA is, once again, holding to the truth that 'the end justifies the means' as we can, also once again, look forward to 4 more years of having all of us ride the slippery slope to hell as to what passes for the Rule Of Law.

HA! HA! Sob! Sob! (as in laughing to keep from crying).
Katzy

[*] posted on 12-9-2016 at 09:27
Wot he sed.

All that loopy campaigning must take it out of them, though.
LSemmens

[*] posted on 12-9-2016 at 01:34
Bernie will make a far better candidate than both she and Trump put together.
marymary100

[*] posted on 11-9-2016 at 23:35
Hillary - time for Bernie to come to the aid of the party?

Some say Parkinson's, some say "overheated" but even the casual observer must concede it all appears to be a bit much for Secretary Clinton.