Drazz40

Bad thermometer?

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Hey guys.. my wife felt hot last Thursday so she took her temp in her ear.. it read 101.. so the panic started.. she went to get swabbed on Friday just waiting on results. They weird thing is.. it only shows a high reading in her ear.. forehead is fine using the same thermometer.  Using an oral one its fine as well.. doesn't make sense to me unless it's not calibrated correctly. She doesn't feel hot or sick. Just the stress of waiting for results.

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I attend a men's group and one of the men caught the Corona.  He said it felt like a bad cold for over a week....and there wasn't much of a fever!  Smell and taste are also a mess for a while, even after the other symptoms go away.  He caught it in the beginning of November and the senses hadn't fully come back as of mid-December.  I forgot to ask him how he was doing last week.

The test will tell you one way or the other.....but given what you stated and what I found out.... :(

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I just took my temperature on my forehead and it was fine, but in my ear it was higher too. 

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An ear (tympanic) temperature is 0.5°F (0.3°C) to 1°F (0.6°C) higher than an oral temperature. An armpit (axillary) temperature is usually 0.5°F (0.3°C) to 1°F (0.6°C) lower than an oral temperature.

I had temperature anxiety as well regarding COVID.  Take note, you *will* go slightly above 98.6 typically in the late afternoon to early evening.  I sometimes have temperatures of 98.6 - 99.0 during this time and sometimes if I'm not careful about my health anxiety i can make myself think I'm running a mild fever.

So depending on the time of day, consider the fact that taking it in the ear (+1 F) plus taking it late in the day (+0.5) and it makes sense your wife reads 100F.

If your wife isn't experiencing any other flu/fever symptoms she should be ok, especially if you do the ear temperature.

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Her tests results came back positive this morning... she has been isolated since the 7th. We have a full house. My wife and I and our 4 children.. 2 which are young adults. We are all in quarantine now. Wife's fever seems to have broke overnight.. could of been all the stress/anxiety of waiting for results. Now the waiting game. She has no symptoms really at the moment. Giving her D3 and Vit C the last few days. Eating normal. Hard on the head for sure. Trying to keep the kids from worrying about mom.. Appreciate all the feedback. Thank you all.

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No. The thermometer is accurate. Ear is always warmer than the oral. I did check that before. Don't stress about anything. Covid won't harm much and it is curable. I have witness the people with more health conditions or history with previous health conditions are suffering the most with covid-19. Don't worry at all. She will be fine. Just try to divert her mind. Tell her not to take it over her nerves. Give her a lot of calcium and vitamins. A proper diet which I'm sure she must be taking and keep her away from the kids. Give her some books to read so that she could divert her mind. I was tested positive and had to quarantine myself. I was stressing about it alot. I use to come here or other forums. To divert my mind. I bookmarked a very goood article which kept me motivated and stress free.  https://mangoclinic.com/top-30-fantastic-blogs-that-will-help-you-heal-during-the-pandemic/ Here you go. Do share your updates with these blog (Any one) They will help you alot regarding Covid-19. Just share what you are feeling and you will get the best advice. I even use to go there to ask my stupid questions and it was literally helpful. I hope it helps. Stay Blessed! :)

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3 hours ago, Drazz40 said:

Her tests results came back positive this morning... she has been isolated since the 7th. We have a full house. My wife and I and our 4 children.. 2 which are young adults. We are all in quarantine now. Wife's fever seems to have broke overnight.. could of been all the stress/anxiety of waiting for results. Now the waiting game. She has no symptoms really at the moment. Giving her D3 and Vit C the last few days. Eating normal. Hard on the head for sure. Trying to keep the kids from worrying about mom.. Appreciate all the feedback. Thank you all.

I have heard that Vitamin D3 has quite a positive impact, Corona or not.  I take it in general from September to April after a blood test stated I was quite low.  Low Vitamin D levels are an epidemic in and of itself.  It helps with the sunlight we aren't getting!

I found out a second guy in my men's group has tested positive for Corona last night, six days after we last saw him.  Today is day seven.  We were all wearing masks the entire time and he had no symptoms when we saw him.  I asked whether or not we should be quarantining and was told we were fine as long as we had the masks. 

I looked up my county here in Ohio: Ninth out of 88 (we were around 20th for the longest time) - 3,000 cases (pandemic-long) for people 40-49....almost 60 hospitalized, and ZERO deaths.

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Update: I asked the first guy about his senses.  He said his taste has almost recovered, but the smell is still messed up....over two months since had it!

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The thermometer is accurate and if she has been tested positive for covid 19 and if she has fever give her Acetaminophen. Give her warm beverages like tea and also a teaspoon of honey in it.

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She hasn't had a fever in a couple days.. she's on day 8 and feeling good.. little worn out but that might be from just being in the bedroom for over a week.. me on the other hand.. my stomach has been in knots with worrying ..I went through a phase in December with my stomach. I was just getting back to normal and then she picked up covid.. brought all my stress.. anxiety and worry back.. not eating the greatest..  no appetite and I feel like I'm being selfish.. Son and his wife who lives with us got tested and came back negative. 

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My one friend who is 57 had COVID-19 and he was sick for 3 weeks and was fine thereafter. His fever got up to 103.9 one evening. He lost 13 pounds and was extremely fatigued. Another friend of mine who is 62 was just very tired and lost his sense of taste and smell. He was fine after a month. Two women I know who work at a client of mine just had fatigue and the loss of taste and smell. They were fine after 2 weeks. One girl is 29 and the other 56. I hope all of you feel better soon. 

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Thanks Marc appreciate the feedback.. I haven't been tested because I didn't have any core symptoms and have been in quarantine since my wife started having symptoms.. my issue is all stress/anxiety induced I'm sure.. I just feel selfish because I feel like I'm only focusing on myself..

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I would not feel selfish as anyone would be worried. 

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