One of the things I keep seeing is the lack of distinction between Alzheimer’s and Dementia. People use the term together interchangeably, which clearly shows a lack of understanding between the two terms. Why do we care? Because one is the disease, and the other is a symptom of the disease! Did you know that? I didn’t know that nor what it meant?
I didn’t know until I was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s at age 62. Additionally, I wasn’t aware that different types of diseases also exhibited dementia! Finally, I was amazed to learn that Alzheimer’s is a disease and dementia is a symptom. Dementia is associated with a few other illnesses that I never heard of, although Alzheimer’s seems to be the one condition most people know.
The topic and link above states it all. I’m not a football player or anything, but let me give it to you straight. A couple of weeks ago, my son came home with the Corona Virus. Quickly it spread to my husband and me, even though my son self-isolated within the house. Everyone has recovered with no hospitalization, and the symptoms were mild. Thank God. I didn’t realize I had it! 😮 When the test came back positive, I was shocked because I was not feeling sick. I was taking care of my son and husband during this time. I just went to get tested because both of them had it, and low and behold, the test came back positive for me. My symptoms were near non-existent! Thank God for that.
I didn’t even think of it as symptoms, just everyday aches of a grandmother. Besides being tired one day and a small ache in my lower back for about two days, and an occasional slight cough, I had no issues. I thought I had bent down wrong to pick up something, and I thought the coughing was due to regular yearly allergies. When my results came back positive, I was shocked! That was about 20 days ago from this blog’s date. The good thing is we are all fine now. The family now watch carefully who we interact with and make all efforts to protect ourselves.
2. How To Protect Yourself Daily Out Of The House From Covid
- Wear your mask. Many people don’t have them. If you’re going into a building with people, wear a mask. <PERIOD!!>
- Keep Your Hands To Yourself. If you’re walking down the hallway at work, keep your hands to yourself. Don’t touch every wall, doorknob, or light socket unless you have to. Carry pocket-side hand sanitizer with you or sanitizer wipes.
- Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer regularly. Anything you touch in a business environment like other people’s pens, bathroom door handles, desks, etc.
- Carry hand sanitizer wipes to clean your hands if you go to a cafeteria and are touching items (forks, knives, spoons, plates) that others have touched. If you don’t have hand sanitizer packets to carry in your bag, let me know. I can point you to where to get them delivered directly to your door. No-fuss, no muss.
- ATM Machines. Take a wipe sanitizer and wipe the machine keyboard BEFORE you touch the keyboard. Wipe it again, AFTER you are finished with the transaction, so it’s clean for the next person! Smart? Right? Way to keep Covid-19 from spreading if we are thinking of others during this pandemic as well.
You can wipe these things down with regular hand sanitizer, but it’s easier if you just have the individual hand sanitizer wipes. Easy to carry in my bag or your pocket. I use these to protect myself throughout the day when I’m outside the house. Inside the house, I use a spray bottle of Clorox or Cleanser and wipe down the following:
- Light switches: All light electrical outlets are wiped down (on the outside of course) with hand sanitizer every day.
- Kitchen Appliances (start and shut off buttons) cleaned regularly. Even turning on the faucet (wipe it down after use – after cooking it completed).
- Stove handles to turn the stove on and off.
- Cabinet handles (once or twice a day)
- Door-knobs that are used regularly, like the bathroom and closet doors.
3. Protect Yourself At All Times
The biggest issue is that during the flu and Covid-19 season, we need to strengthen our immune systems too! This link, “Want a defense against COVID-19? Strengthen Your Immune System, you may find very helpful as well, and it certainly wouldn’t hurt to try preventatives to protect ourselves and our family!
You may say, “after all that, how did we get Covid?” Well, when people leave the house, they may not be as diligent as they should be. It’s the habits we’ve developed over the years. It’s just a world in which we need to create new habits to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Remember, above all things, protect yourself and your loved ones. We have to deal with the upcoming Flu season. Many of us may not be able to tell what is what, as in ‘is it the Flu or Covid.” Remember to click on this link or the one above to identify the difference between Covid-19 and Flu Symptoms. This will help us know the symptoms and get medical help, if necessary.
4. Final Thoughts
With Covid-19 here, it is a time when visitors to your home should be rare as we deal with this pandemic. But, if anyone shows up unexpectantly, I have masks and hand sanitizer at the front door for anyone who does not live in my house but needs to enter for repairs or something else.
Well, that’s it. We live in a different world now and will be for a while before we go back to normal. The sooner we come up with the awareness of *everyone* to follow the same rules of protection, or the sooner they come up with a vaccine the better off we will be.
I hope you found this helpful. If you have any questions, need easy hand sanitizer packets delivered to your front door-step; send me a note below in the comments section, and I’ll help you get them. In the meantime, stay safe, stay healthy. Prayers for healing for those who are sick.