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If living at home at 25, can I bring home girls?

If living at home at 25, can I bring home girls?

I Disagree: When living with someone else such as your parents or a roomrate, common courtesy rules apply. I would discuss it with your parents and decide after that.I know that in my home, i expect people visiting to respect the " rules" about things, such as smoking, guests etc. ...Read more

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Should I get a pneumonia vaccine at home at 90?

Should I get a pneumonia vaccine at home at 90?

Probably: If you have not had the vaccine it is recommended for those > 65, discuss your situation with your doctor. ...Read more

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Depression. Started at 12 and never went away. Easy, at home fix?

Depression.  Started at 12 and never went away.  Easy, at home fix?

Not easy or alone: There are certainly things you can do at home to help yourself. But a depression that started at 12 and has lasted for 4 years needs help beyond what you can do alone. On your own you can make sure you exercise and sleep consistently, and eat healthy foods. You can also speak with a school counselor on your own. But you'll need your parents' help to see your doctor for more treatment. Tell them! ...Read more

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Ectopic pregnant hCG now 144 managing at home and bleeding started. Wanted to go out of town this weekend. No pain for at least 5 days. Am i still at risk?

Ectopic pregnant hCG now 144 managing at home and bleeding started. Wanted to go out of town this weekend. No pain for at least 5 days. Am i still at risk?

YES U ARE !!!: In the us any ectopic that does not go to surgery is closely followed and since the pt is treated with methotreaxte and we follow the pt until the bhcg is less than 5 ! please call your gyn, if u were my pt i would not allow u to go out of town until the beta is less than 5 , women can bleed and then still get a rupture of the ectopic, u do not want to end up with a ruptured ectopic. ...Read more

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Scared to death at 30 weeks pregnant week by week office visits don?T help?

Scared to death at 30 weeks pregnant week by week office visits don?T help?

Unclear: Are you afraid of motherhood? Are you afraid of giving birth? Have you discussed your fears with a therapist? Using meditation skills, may help. It may be time to grow up and give up the drama. Are you otherwise healthy? Is the pregnancy planned? Are you mature enough to have adult responsibilities? Your doctor seems to be overseeing your prenatal care weekly which is quite thorough. ...Read more

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What paperwork should I ask for when getting care at clinic inside stores like walmart?

What paperwork should I ask for when getting care at clinic inside stores like walmart?

Follow up care : Make sure you have them provide you or send to your family physician or pcp the progress notes so that they know and can update your records. ...Read more

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At hospital I was told I had high blood pressure? I checked at home and it's fine 3 times at home?

At hospital I was told I had high blood pressure?  I checked at home and it's fine 3 times at home?

Could still be: First make sure your blood pressure cuff at home is accurate. Bring it in to your drs office and compare it to a manual measurement in both arms. An echo of the heart with left ventricular hypertrophy ( a thick muscle) might mean you have high pressure and not be aware of it. The ekg might also show this. If all good then possibly was high due to stress. ...Read more

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Positive pregnancy test twice at home and at the drs. But brown/dark spotting for 3days now. Gestation sac shows 5wks instead of 7wks. Please help.

Positive pregnancy test twice at home and at the drs. But brown/dark spotting for 3days now. Gestation sac shows 5wks instead of 7wks. Please help.

Common: Brown spotting around the time of a positive pregnancy test is really common. I worry when it's bright red and accompanied by cramping. There is a risk of miscarriage with every conception, and there really isn't anything to do at this point but to wait and see if the sac grows. Maybe you conceived more recently than you thought, and the pregnancy is just early? ...Read more

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Iv in arm, at home for night, it's full blood should I be worried? I don't go back till late afternoon

Iv in arm, at home for night, it's full blood should I be worried? I don't go back till late afternoon

You need better conn: You need a better connection with your health team who has sent you home with an iv. Make contact with them and make sure you have 24 hour access to your medical team...Otherwise do not go home with an IV in your arm. Collection of blood into the tubing can cause malfunction of the IV and needs quick attention. ...Read more

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When must I consider using home health care for my parents?

When must I consider using home health care for my parents?

Home Health: Qualifications for home health-when the patient is confined to the house like bedridden, cannot ambulate, no means of transportation, poor eyesight, difficulty taking medications etc. Ask around in your areas you are certain to find a good home health agency. Whenever they cannot take care of themselves. ...Read more

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Blood pressure running 128/96 - 171/105 over past week. Doctor appointment in 2 weeks. Should I visit urgent care today?

Blood pressure running 128/96 - 171/105 over past week. Doctor appointment in 2 weeks. Should I visit urgent care today?

Not Unusual!: It is normal for one's BP and Pulse to fluctuate throughout the day usually based on one's activity and emotions! The more you check it the more you will notice the variations. I suggest choosing a certain time of day when you are relaxed to check it "Once Daily"! That will give you and your Dr. a more accurate reading. Wish you well. Not an emergency unless other symptoms. ...Read more

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How come I got my HIV results faster at my doctors office than a health department the dr office only took 2-3 days?

How come I got my HIV results faster at my doctors office than a health department the dr office only took 2-3 days?

Depends: It all depends on the type of HIV test they do, where the sample has to go to be tested, and how many staff are available to check results and notify you. ...Read more

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We are at ttc.My period expected to come on 23rd today it is 26th.And today morning we took a pregency home test (clearblue)came negative.Any hope?

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We are at ttc.My period expected to come on 23rd today it is 26th.And today morning we took a pregency home test (clearblue)came negative.Any hope?

Trying to conceive: Home pregnancy tests are most accurate at least 4 weeks after your last menstrual period. If initial test is negative but you're not convinced, repeat test in another week. Otherwise, plan to have fun approximately 2 weeks prior to expected menses (that's when you ovulate). Don't need to be exact: a few days on either side of ovulation date is fine. Ovulation prediction kits may be helpful. ...Read more