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On of our cats developed pink eye while my wife was in the hospital recovering from COVID-19. We're thinking she (the cat) might have gotten it from my wife. She's not coughing, but she was lethargic for weeks and only now is back to normal. Her eye is still jacked up around her lids, but the eye itself is fine now.
turbojimmy 04/07/20 09:20am Around the Campfire

turbojimmy, I'm glad she recovered. Now let's hope a person can not get it twice. Thanks. I hope so too! I'm not taking any chances. We're isolating like we never had it. She's an "essential worker" though, so she's going back. I'm working from home and the kids are learning "virtually".
turbojimmy 04/01/20 03:54pm Around the Campfire

My wife has been cleared by her doctors to go back to work. All in it was about a 3 week ordeal. It played out pretty much how most people have read: Mild symptoms first, peaking at around 8-9 days, and (if you survive the peak) full recovery about a week later. It's nasty and scary but not a death sentence. For about 1 in 100 it is deadly (and it sucks for that one person). We definitely do need to isolate to stop the spread to protect that 1-in-100 people. We can't minimize this by comparing it to the flu. By the time it's all over, deaths will be 2x or more that of the flu (they're saying 100,000-250,000). My wife was probably asymptomatic for 4-6 days, and then developed a nasty cough. At that time, you could count on one hand the number of people in NJ that had been diagnosed with it. We actually made fun of her saying she had the coronavirus. She did. So there was a solid 2 weeks of no extra precautions being taken by any of the other 4 of us living under the same roof. I think we all had it and our bodies dealt with it in different ways, none as severe as my wife though. I believe it's because she has a compromised immune system. If she didn't, this would have passed by like the flu or a bad cold.
turbojimmy 04/01/20 03:24pm Around the Campfire

I went to a local restaurant last night doing curbside pickup (all inside dining is closed). I had given them my credit card over the phone. A guy came out wearing gloves and tried to hand me a clipboard and a pen to sign my receipt. Really? Until we get smarter we're going to get deader.
turbojimmy 04/01/20 01:54pm Around the Campfire

Go look at the number of positive tests and the number of positive tests that have ended in recovery vs death. Keep in mind the criteria that must have been met to have been tested. The criteria varies state-by-state. In NJ, you have to be showing symptoms and be written a prescription by your doc to get tested. We're also being told that if you are exhibiting symptoms, don't leave your house unless you're turning blue. In that case go to the ER (where they test you). So in many cases they're only testing the sickest of the sick. I'm still convinced that there probably at least 3x as many people that have it or have had it than who have actually been tested positive. I'm not downplaying the severity - it's in my house and it's a horrible disease. But I believe it is more survivable than the current statistics would imply. That being said, and to the point that was made previously, hospitals are being overrun with patients in my area. If even 5% of those that test positive need hospitalized as projected, it will quickly overrun most cities' ability to care for the sick.
turbojimmy 03/30/20 02:10pm Around the Campfire

I just looked at more of this thread and just have a few comments to make based on this "statistic": But now we're finding that it's 10x+ more deadly than the flu. By no means am I trying to downplay this virus but there are a few things to consider. We truly don't know how many people actually have this virus due to not testing everybody. If as many more people could be infected as believed then the death rate is much lower than is being recorded as it's a smaller part of a much larger number. Keep in mind the death rate number is not a true representation of what is happening. Situations like the nursing home situation in Washington State (and now elsewhere) skew the numbers considerably. Raw data without interpretation does not necessarily represent the real picture. Does this make the situation any less dire? Not really but in a time when all most people seem to want to do is cause more panic sometimes one needs to sit back, take a breath and realize, again, that the vast majority of people who get the virus will not fall into that statistical category. Yes I get that. The denominator in the equation is probably much bigger than what's being reported. The flu is around .1% (1/10th of a percent). I've been watching NJ's data (because it's where I live) and despite increased testing it's still hovering in the 1.4-1.5% range. I do think that given the number of people that have had it or who have it and aren't tested, that the real number is probably about around .5%, making it roughly 5x that of the flu. Just purely a wild guess based on the fact that I'm reasonably sure that everyone in family has had it but my wife is the only one who was actually positively diagnosed. Though the same argument can be made for the flu statistic - lots of people get it but aren't diagnosed.
turbojimmy 03/30/20 12:54pm Around the Campfire

The unfortunate member and spouse who suspect they are infected this is to you. May good fortune cross your path and leave you immune from this monster forever That would be me - thank you. I don't suspect we're infected - my wife's test came back positive. We are infected. Most of her symptoms are gone now but she's exhausted. I'm now worried about her sleeping most of the past 24 hours. I'm hoping it's just because she needs the rest to fully recover. Only time will tell.
turbojimmy 03/30/20 11:06am Around the Campfire

For those interested, I'm volunteering with this organization: I offered up my RV and will be helping match medical professionals with RVs in NJ. The effort is only a week old but it's growing fast. Naturally there are a lot of logistical issues to work out and many considerations for people interested in temporarily living in an RV. I've created a FAQ that they're going to publish to see if "borrowing" an RV is a good option for people.
turbojimmy 03/30/20 08:32am Around the Campfire

DH and I are also sick - we think we have it, but can't get tested. It's been about a week and a half since we started feeling sick. DH has it very light and I have it in the mild zone. I keep worrying that it will all of the sudden get worse with us. Our county in PA supposedly has only 7 cases - I guess those are the ones that had to go to the hospital. It's going in waves with me - sometimes I'm so fatigued I can hardly move and other times I'm full of energy (till I'm fatigued again). The weirdest thing with me is I feel best in the evening - each evening I think this is it - I'm getting better. Never had that before with any other cold or flu - evening is usually when I think I'm going to die. We must have picked it up in the grocery store as that is the only place we've been (we're retired). And we're pretty sure we got it from the air as we have been super careful about keeping our hands away from our faces and washing them a ton. At the time of the store visit (3/11) there were supposedly zero cases in our county. Everyone stay safe! Like I said, I think MANY, MANY more people have it than is being reported simply because testing is sporadic and a lot of people have mild symptoms. I hope your symptoms remain mild and I think they probably will. They say the symptoms peak (get their worst) 5-7 days after they first start showing up. Then you gradually get better over the next 7-10 days. That's exactly what's happening with my wife. At this point we think the virus is gone. She's now recovering from the pneumonia that was brought on by the virus. She's coughing much less and can breathe well again. She's still very fatigued. We think we've narrowed down the source to her place of employment. Only she and one other person have it and she shares an office with that person. They went out sick 3/11 - about 4 days before she started feeling sick. At that time there were very few cases in NJ and people weren't self-isolating. This is how it spreads - people don't know they have it.
turbojimmy 03/30/20 06:29am Around the Campfire

Ozone is an instant killet. Good and reliable O3 machines are not cheap I have an Airthereal ozone generator that I bought to clear out funky smells from the RV. I haven't used it to sanitize the house yet (yes I know it will kill you if you're in the room). I'd like to run it but given the lung issues my wife is currently experiencing I think it's too risky.
turbojimmy 03/29/20 08:56am Around the Campfire

On 3/15 my wife came home from a trip 'down the shore' with some friends. She was with 3 other healthy friends in a rental home and had no contact with anyone else the entire trip. That evening she wasn't feeling well. Headache, body aches, low grade fever. Have the other 3 been tested? EDIT: You mean the other 3 people she was traveling with. No they haven't been tested - they have no symptoms. They won't test you unless you have a fever or cough.
turbojimmy 03/29/20 07:47am Around the Campfire

I've stopped watching the news and following social media on this stuff. I know all I need to know because my wife has COVID-19. Statistics are meaningless, theory is meaningless, debates over what medications might or might not work are meaningless. The three things you do hear over and over again are extremely important: 1) Self-isolation 2) Wash your hands constantly 3) Don't touch your face The more time that goes on the more they know about the virus. It's spread almost exclusively from your hands to your eyes, nose or mouth. Catching it through the air from someone's cough is very rare. It's surface-to-hand-to-face. Bottom line is that probably half the US population or more will get it and a good chunk of those people won't know they have or had it. That's how it's spreading. Asymptomatic people, or people with mild symptoms continue to go about their business and infect others. I was that guy that, just a few weeks ago, thought the self-isolation and other measures was a complete and ridiculous overreaction to what amounts to a case of the flu. But now we're finding that it's 10x+ more deadly than the flu. The media wants to terrify you over this. And maybe for good reason. If you're scared you'll self-isolate like you should. It's true that it can be deadly in about 1 in 100 people. It's true that it's spreading at an unprecedented pace. The media likes to prey on a human's two biggest fears: 1) the unknown and 2) not being able to breathe (a real, disturbing symptom of the virus). So here's where my family is right now: On 3/15 my wife came home from a trip 'down the shore' with some friends. She was with 3 other healthy friends in a rental home and had no contact with anyone else the entire trip. That evening she wasn't feeling well. Headache, body aches, low grade fever. On Monday 3/16 her chest started to become congested and she developed a cough. We really didn't think much of it because at that time there was only a handful of cases in the entire state of NJ. Both my kids had recently been sick with flu-like symptoms so we figured she caught it from them. By Friday 3/20 she couldn't breathe. Around 10 PM she woke me up (I had fallen asleep on the couch) because she was in distress. Her lips and face were turning blue and she couldn't catch her breath. She couldn't even speak. I rushed her to the ER, which thankfully is 5 minutes from the house. When I rolled up it was like a scene out of a movie. The entrance to the ER was barricaded. All entrances and exits to the hospital were closed except for one. There were decontamination tents set up where the ambulances would normally be parked. I brought her to the only open entrance. The nurse there put on a mask as we approached. She took her name and cell phone number and told us to wait outside. Within about 2 minutes we were called in and a doctor in a hazmat suit took her inside. I was told to leave and that I and anyone else in the house need to stay home for 14 days. They tested her for COVID-19 and started breathing treatments. The doctor was 100% sure she had the virus and admitted her to the hospital. They started the combination of Plaquenil and Z-Max. 100 mg of Plaquenil a day plus another 100 mg every other day. Monday afternoon 3/23 her lungs and white blood cell count improved enough to send her home. She has slowly been improving since then. Recovery is very slow but steady. Every day her lungs get a little better and she coughs a little less. She has not left our bedroom for a week now. I bring her what she needs. She wears a mask when I enter the room, as do I. No one else in the house has symptoms. I honestly believe the kids already had it. Last Monday I started feeling a bit off and have mild nasal congestion and throat irritation from the congestion. The symptoms have not progressed beyond that and I'd bet I have it too. The doc said not to go out and get tested for fear of spreading it. Only go to the hospital if you're literally dying. So here we are, about 2 weeks after my wife's symptoms first appeared. I'm optimistic that she'll make a full recovery and that none of the rest of us will develop any worse symptoms. The isolation has been mentally tough on us all. We were self-isolating anyway but now that we know that we absolutely have to, it seems worse. My family has been dropping groceries off in the garage. The local pharmacy has been making deliveries. Oh yeah - the local liquor store delivers too :). So my advice is to take a deep breath, follow the self-isolation and hygiene recommendations from the CDC, and this too shall pass. A lot more people are going to get it before it does pass, however. In some ways I'm glad we're ahead of the curve so to speak. Be well everyone!
turbojimmy 03/29/20 07:39am Around the Campfire
RE: RV gasoline life span in long term storage

Depends on the definition of "long term". My Allegro sat for 6 years in a tow yard with 80 gallons of gas in it. The guy that sold it to me said they added Stabil to it. I didn't want to run it through my new engine (the reason it was in a tow yard) so I siphoned it out 5 gallons at a time and burned it in my daily drivers. They ran fine with it. The Allegro sits more than it's driven (like a lot of RVs). The gas I have in it now is almost a year old. I run it once a month and it's fine - always starts right up. I fill it with fresh fuel at the beginning of every season (late-Spring, early-Summer).
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