COVID-19 Precautionary Measures and Self Care: Bridgette Redfield

April 15,2020

Since news broke about the coronavirus, it raised a concern for us pulmonary hypertension patients. Not knowing in the beginning what this virus does to the body, I knew I needed to take precautions. After reading information on the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website, I changed my daily routine. I started taking less trips to the stores and gym. One week into this, more and more cases were being revealed.

I figured I needed to get some groceries since the leaders of our nation were asking everyone to quarantine for two weeks. Going grocery shopping is now a process. I cover my face with a mask, put on gloves, and wipe down the cart. Once we’re done shopping, we bring the groceries home, leave them on the table to wipe down with Clorox water, then put them away in their rightful place.

Since I’m in the house more than ever, I do exercises every other day to keep everything flowing. I still do my six minute walks in the house. Sometimes I will go outside to do them if the weather permits. I also continue doing my breathing exercises as well. I think it is very important for PH patients to keep active during this pandemic by exploring a new hobby, reading, exercising, etc. This keeps us occupied so boredom doesn’t set in and keeps us from watching the news 24/7. Find an outlet that works for you.

I prepare my meals a lot since I don’t eat out as much. I think it is very important to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables. Most of my meals consist of baked fish or chicken and green veggies. Sometimes I will do smoothies as a meal replacement. I also take supplements to help support my immune system.

Sometimes I will check on other PH patients that I have come to know since being diagnosed. Some are located in the United States and others are abroad. We all are experiencing the same thing, so we give a word of encouragement to each other.

I pray that everyone takes precautions by self-isolating, washing your hands, and wearing a mask at all times when in public. If you develop any symptoms, call your primary care physician immediately. I encourage self care and reflection during this down time. Remember, if you don’t have to go out, stay home.

Bridgette is a recipient of the Team PHenomenal Hope Unmet Needs Patient Impact Fund. Learn more about how this fund supports PH patients now during the COVID-19 pandemic at teamph.org/unmetneeds.

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