Comments: Why do they just not get it?

It's boring when we agree Witchy...can you try harder to be a bit controversial please. Thank you ;)

I have a pulse oximeter. It's good to have another gadget to add to my data stream....though it's a bit boring as it stays around 95-96%. We first got one for Mrs Planarchy's dad as his GP suggested it might be a good idea for him and then I thought I might get one too. Yes, can't see how mobile phone ones could be accurate....a fitbit one should be possible I'd have thought but expect they cut corners for cost.

Posted by NiC on 10 February, 2021 at 6:36 PM

Cheapest one I could today find with a CE mark and good reviews is £11 delivered. Why wouldn't you?

Being a scientist, I know you'll know this NiC, but I'm just saying, for the benefit of anyone else reading who doesn't know... as with all health gadgets, the important thing is to know and record your baseline - over time - before you are ill.

For instance, I've had a blood glucose monitor for probably 20 years, so know I 'run juicy', and always have done, and I have stayed on pretty much the same levels, at particular times of day, for all that time. I therefore have a long-term baseline to counter any future medics' assertion of being 'not where we like these days' (which is actually bang in the centre of what used to be considered ideal). Similarly, occasional use of a home blood pressure monitor can give long-term info about your personal BP over time. It can also provide biofeedback to help people with high BP lower it without need for medication.

Good quality information is priceless. Good quality health information can save your life - or at least unnecessary visits to GPs and unnecessary prescriptions for medication.

Apologies for the preaching, but I believe passionately that people need to start taking more control of their own health and wellbeing and stop believing that medics know it all, because, as our current UK death tolls show, they clearly don't.

Posted by Blue Witch on 10 February, 2021 at 7:38 PM

I got a pulse-ox thing a while back, and found it really interesting.

The strangest thing so far is that my left hand reports a better pulse-ox level than my right, with one particular finger reading 5-6% lower than the others. Most odd.

Posted by Lyle on 11 February, 2021 at 12:39 PM

Yes, I bought a pulse oximeter six months ago, though it took me a few weeks to get around to putting the battery in and trying it.

Round here, most people are still very aware of the need for caution - apart from the ones who don't believe in the pandemic at all.

Posted by Z on 21 February, 2021 at 3:18 PM