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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Keep A Check On Your Health

February 7, 2017

Good morning.  (for five more minutes, then it will be noon)  I'm getting a late start today because I really had to go out and do a few errands.  Pogo only had the one can of doggie food, and he would not eat it.  I tried feeding it to him several times, but he refused it.  I also had run out of bird food.  As long as I was out, I went to the bank too so that the bills could be paid. 

I have my own pulse oximeter, and I check my oxygen saturation level frequently.  This little gadget measures the oxygen carried in the body, plus the pulse rate.
 
 
An oxygen saturation reading of 95% or more is normal, and 92% or less suggests a low blood oxygen level.  A pulse rate of 60-80 is normal for adults.  As soon as I start to do something, my oxygen level drops dramatically into the low 80's and my pulse rate climbs up into the 90's.   
 
At the doctor's office, one sits for a while in the waiting room, and your breathing returns to normal (if was not normal when you got there.)  Then the nurse puts this little gadget on your finger and usually gets a fairly normal reading.  At least that's what happens when I go to the doctor.  So starting today, I'm keeping a little journal of my readings and what I'm doing at the time. 
 
By the way, if you have any kind of respiratory illness, or COPD, this is a great little gadget to keep handy.  Another item to keep on hand is a wrist blood pressure monitor.  Both items are easy to use and give accurate readings. 
 
Well, that's enough of my rambling for today.  I think I'll make some lunch and maybe a nice hot cup of coffee.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.
 
Hugs, Edna B.

1 comment:

Garla Reed said...

HI Edna,
I like that little oxygen gadget, where did you find that little gem? I need one because of my heart rate.
Interesting to know that 60 to 80 is a normal reading. No wonder my doc panics when mine is 130 after sitting for a while.

I hope that Pogo is not getting picky again while eating. If I can I will give you a call sometime today.
I have been sleeping but something woke me up and here I am.... wide awake. Ahhh guess I better get use to it. Something tells me that I am not going to get better at sleeping anytime soon..
Have a great day and enjoy! Love, Beth ...... Cisco is sleeping so at least one of us is getting our beauty rest! :)