I've recently spoke to the graduating class of the nursing college at Ferris State University. It was a very fulfilling experience. Carbon Monoxide poisoning is an often misdiagnosed problem. Patients are often dismissed as having a case of the flu. Sometimes, even with a proper diagnosis the treatment amounts to: "a little oxygen, go home and get some fresh air and rest. The posoning is over and you'll get better soon."
Nurses are often the face of the medical community to the patient. Physicians, because of their many responsibilities are usually not with the patient for that much time. If the physician is satisfied with a diagnosis and treatment offered he/she goes on to more pressing matters. The results of the treatment and diagnosis is usually observed on a more personal basis by the nurse.
With all the confusing symptoms of CO Poisoning it is important to get blood work or a breath test done immediately. If you feel you may have been poisoned by carbon monoxide and aren't recieving the proper testing or treatment get the attention of your nurse and explain as best yo can. It is a definate plus to have a nurse on you side.
Be safe: Carbon Monoxide, Get Outside!.....................Joe Cramer
This past week I conducted a short informational seminar for senior citizens concerning CO poisoning. There was an extended question and answer session because of the interest. We discussed the advantage of CO detectors in the home because there is no other way of knowing it exists except for it's effects on you. The detectors used to be financially restrictive but new inovations have reduced the price to very reasonable for the average household.
One observation that surpirised many of the people there is that many times the offending appliance is not the furnace but the hot water heater. Within a week I recieved a call that one of the people ettending had their hot water heater checked and it was spewing out carbon monoxide. It was replaced and as far as they know, there was no damage done. What would have happened if they didn't have it checked?
I also read of my personal experience with CO poisoning and the resulting two years of amnesia. The reviews were that the story had them on the edge of their seats. It was a horrible experience but at least in my case it had a happy ending. I will be conducting more seminars in the near future for some of those in the medical profession. If you woud like more information you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Besides medical help such as oxygen treatment and prescriptions there are other, more natural things available. Dietary changes can often become necessary because our tolerences may have become altered by the poisoning effects on our system. I suggest keeping a daily journal of food intake and any adverse reactions you may have. Sometimes it is a particular food group and othet times it may be a combination of foods that causes an effect on you. Pay close attention to the journal for at least a month.
The other help available to you would be a complete guide to vitamins, minerals and supplements. Available at book stores, libraries and super stores anywhere. With the knowledge offered in these guides you may be able to lessen or even eliminate adverse symptoms following CO poisoning.