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Posted by Quinn on Mar 11, 2020 4:29 pm
I kept wondering whether upcoming surgeries for people this month and onforward will be cancelled? Just how safe is it? Since I am due for breast reconstruction, and think will there be a long delay until the coronavirus has cleared up? Any ideas here, folks?
Posted by SpeedyStill on Mar 11, 2020 6:25 pm
I am not an expert on this but I think it would make sense to wear a mask especially if go going to a place where there are several people. I would check with the local experts to have all the information to stay safe.
Since I am a Senior with health issues I am concerned and trying to be prepared.
Posted by Laika57 on Mar 11, 2020 6:37 pm
still, I'd be more worried about c diff or any of the other lovely things you can pick up at a hospital.
Keep you hands clean, don't go kissing the bus driver, and you ought to be ok....
Posted by Wendy Tea on Mar 12, 2020 10:28 am
Wearing face masks is not effective. Washing your hands and not touching your face is effective. Did you notice on the news how many more times people who are wearing face masks are touching their faces? Big no no!
Stay safe everyone, and if you are not well, stay home!
Posted by Cynthia Mac on Mar 12, 2020 10:51 am
As far as hospitals go, I’m not terribly concerned. Particularly in Canada, I know that SARS caused every hospital in my area (and probably most across the country) to step-up their infection control plans, and those lessons have not been shelved in the intervening years.
Since my Dad was first diagnosed, I’ve put precautions in place in his home (strategically placed disinfecting wipes and Purell) and I use them, even if his other visitors don’t.
I recently got home from a cruise (thankfully not THAT company), and I’ve chosen to self-quarantine as much as possible. I still went to the grocery store, and I’ve been to a couple of restaurants, for example, but I’ve stayed away from places where I’d be in really close contact with people - guild meetings and craft fairs.
As others have said, it’s going to places where you can maintain a “respectable distance” (2 metres or so) and being able to avoid touching surfaces and your face that seem to be the most common precautions being mentioned right now. And, of course, staying home if you’re showing any symptoms at all!
I have to say, I’m not a fan of this “elbow bump.” The Japanese tradition of bowing is much more dignified!
Posted by CharlotteS on Mar 12, 2020 11:24 am
regarding the Covid 19..... washing hands, using hand sanitizers and they are all over the Hospital, is the best solution to spreading the virus. We also put a drop of Tea Tree Oil on the tip of our noses before and after trips out of the house. So far so good.
Stay safe everyone. Remember ...it is all about us. Tell well intentioned friends and family, now is not the best time to visit.
Posted by Buffythevampire on Mar 12, 2020 12:33 pm
I went to Costco after my treatment and saw lots of carts with toilet paper on them. People are being ridiculous.
I only have 2 more treatments to go and 1 muga then I don't have to go to that hospital anymore. I am supposed to have surgery in June at another hospital and hope that the coronavirus doesn't delay it.
I just watched a video on facebook that I thought brought up a good point. A customer was in a grocery store at the till and gave the clerk heck for not washing his hands after touching his face. So he stopped and used hand sanitizer and the customer was ok with this. Then the customer paid with a credit card or debit and preceded on her way. The customer didn't clean the interac machine before she used it and did she clean her cart prior not to mention all the other stuff she touched during her shopping trip.
I work in a grocery store and the things I see on a daily basis!!
Something I forgot about, in the treatment room there is usually a rack that has books on it, the rack was empty and a note was on it stating why it was empty.
Posted by Lianne_adminCCS on Mar 12, 2020 1:59 pm
Thank you everyone for your contributions.
As with all matters related to our health, it is important to make decisions based on credible information such as that provided by our healthcare team and other reliable sources like the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).
Canadian Cancer Society has updated content on our site about cancer and COVID-19, informed by PHAC, which includes topics such as:
What is the risk of COVID-19 to all Canadians?
Are people with cancer at a higher risk for COVID-19?
How can I protect myself from COVID-19?
Quinn I hear your concerns about the possibility of surgery and treatment cancellations or postponements. The content linked above describes further, but these are questions that will be best directed to one’s doctor or healthcare team. They are the best source of information if you have questions about your risk based on where you live in Canada or your medical history. They will also keep you updated about any possible changes to your cancer treatments during the COVID-19 outbreak.
If you have any further questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly or call Cancer Information Service at 1-888-939-3333
Posted by Jackwb on Mar 12, 2020 2:02 pm
We now have four confirmed cases in Volusia county, we'll have more. I listened to a woman from Dayton, Ohio this morning telling people that her town was finding more cases, even in the high school. I wonder what she brought down with her.
Posted by WestCoastSailor on Mar 12, 2020 8:10 pm
I was in for a CT scan this morning and was amazed at the precautions I see being taken in the hospital. A lot of little things - sanitizing of ticket dispensing stations, including a volunteer who just handed out tickets from the machine so no one had to touch it, staff wandering around constantly sanitizing, holding up health cards and reading numbers so that no one had to touch them. And the procedure itself had more than normal cleaning built in to it. And of course lots and lots of screening questions from reception to nurse to radio tech. Be prepared for things to take a little bit longer.
Stay safe folks.
Posted by Elsie13 on Mar 13, 2020 2:16 pm
Posted by WestCoastSailor on Mar 13, 2020 7:19 pm
I was in my cancer clinic for my metastatic support group today. As I walked in I was stopped by a young lady at a desk positioned in the hallway. Everyone passing by into the clinic was asked about cough, temperature and shortness of breath. I'm impressed. There were masks available for coughers and hand sanitizer.
Of course I'm still trying to figure out exactly how to answer the cough question. So today's answer was " Nothing that you can't explain with terminal lung cancer." accompanied by a big smile. I heard a snort behind me and a doctor said, "that is one of the best answers I've heard all day."
For the record we spaced ourselves in the room and the next sessions have been cancelled out of an abundance of caution. There has been some discussion of doing some sort of a conference call to get us together but we'll see if that comes to pass. It is important to find ways to maintain social contact while maintaining social distance.
Stay safe folks.
Posted by Treepeo on Mar 14, 2020 6:39 am
Thank you for posting that link. It was very helpful. I appreciate the list of phone numbers that were included, because if I get sick, the last thing I want to do is worry about what number to call.
Posted by Kims1961 on Mar 14, 2020 6:54 am
I had my Zometa treatment at the hospital yesterday. I called prior to be sure it was still on , particularly since i had just been in the US. I was told as long as i don't have any symptoms to come. There were lots of volunteers with hand sanitizer - many of them elderly hospital auxiliary volunteers. I wondered if this put them at any additional risk?
During my treatment - the same precautions were used. They focused on wash your hands, don't touch your face and keep a distance from others. I must say that hospital staff are our heroes - they continue to show up in environments that are higher risk - i am so thankful.
I was hoping that we could get free parking during this time - as the parking pay machine is touched endlessly!!!! No such luck....lol...
Posted by Cynthia Mac on Mar 14, 2020 8:41 am
I agree with you: most of the volunteers at any given hospital are in the “high risk age group.” But, bless ‘em, they keep showing up! My aunt says, “Growing old isn’t for sissies,” and those people sure aren’t sissies!
Posted by Laika57 on Mar 14, 2020 11:34 am
now the grocery stores yesterday were a different story. Between products, shopping carts and money, there are so many things everyone touches, also being bumped by fellow shoppers, standing endlessly in line, etc...
grocery delivery must be getting very popular just now.
Posted by Elsie13 on Mar 14, 2020 8:39 pm
In Montreal, all the public libraries have closed due to Covid - 19. I thought that was a bit odd, as the one I go to is never crowded, but then I thought of all the germs that might be on the books!!! My husband does volunteer work at a couple of senior's residences, but he won't be allowed in now. Very sad for the old folk.
At the zumba class this morning, there were only 8 people. The whole gym was rather quiet, but then it's the end of March break. I estimate that about 60% of the usual numbers are not there. The supermarket was busy, but not crazy. It's one of those Mediterranean/middle Easter stores, so the serious hoarders are likely at the bigger supermarket chains.
Posted by Laika57 on Mar 14, 2020 9:45 pm
In grocery stores, they have stickers on the floor at cash registers to indicate proper spacing between people waiting in line... hospitals are running out of masks and disinfectant. Deliveries aren't arriving and supplies are being stolen. She saw people fighting in the store over a brown banana... and, naturally, is afraid of what will happen when they start running out of medicines at the shop. This is in Switzerland. A western country. Organized to a tee. With, what I thought until tonight, reasonable, educated people.
more than anything, this chat has changed my perspective.
I was upset at a flower show being canceled. I had been looking forward to a weekend "away" from home and cancer.
Yeah, I still frown on hoarding, but we do need to be careful.... I will go to the store tomorrow, buy a bag of kibble for my dog and a weeks worth of groceries, and try and stay home for as long as that lasts.
meanwhile, my seasonal allergies are kicking in. And every time my nose starts running, i get worried it could be the virus...
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Posted by MCoaster on Mar 15, 2020 3:06 pm
As a expat I favour the “Keep Calm and Carry On” approach.
We must all take care of each other.
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