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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #8205 on: August 14, 2013, 04:24:07 PM »
Outdoor Girl, I think that central a/c uses a different system than central heat (unless I'm just totally off base). In other words, the cooled or heated air flows through the same ducts, but the thing that cools the air is separate from the thing that heats it. My parents have central air and heat, so they have a furnace for the heat and a big honking a/c compressor unit thing next to the house for the a/c. So ultimately, the power source for your heat wouldn't necessarily matter to how you cool your house. Whether or not the heating system uses ducts would make a difference, though.

I'm not entirely sure about that, actually! The outdoor AC unit is what COOLS the air, and vents the heat back outside, but in our house, both the AC and the heat are apparently forced into the house through the furnace. (It doesn't make much sense to me, but the furnace does come on when the AC unit kicks in, it just isn't generating heat.) Then again, our furnace also apparently incorporates a dehumidifier - we had to have it serviced for water in the motor because the drain tube was clogged - so maybe it's both in one, and I'm just confused!

That's because the fan that forces air to circulate through your house is located in the furnace.

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« Reply #8206 on: August 14, 2013, 05:49:35 PM »
Outdoor Girl, I think that central a/c uses a different system than central heat (unless I'm just totally off base). In other words, the cooled or heated air flows through the same ducts, but the thing that cools the air is separate from the thing that heats it. My parents have central air and heat, so they have a furnace for the heat and a big honking a/c compressor unit thing next to the house for the a/c. So ultimately, the power source for your heat wouldn't necessarily matter to how you cool your house. Whether or not the heating system uses ducts would make a difference, though.

I'm not entirely sure about that, actually! The outdoor AC unit is what COOLS the air, and vents the heat back outside, but in our house, both the AC and the heat are apparently forced into the house through the furnace. (It doesn't make much sense to me, but the furnace does come on when the AC unit kicks in, it just isn't generating heat.) Then again, our furnace also apparently incorporates a dehumidifier - we had to have it serviced for water in the motor because the drain tube was clogged - so maybe it's both in one, and I'm just confused!

That's because the fan that forces air to circulate through your house is located in the furnace.

I'm aware of that now. :) I'd never dealt with central air before moving out here. I fully admit I was being dumb!

Here's one - I'm SURE I know some answers to this, but right now I can't even think straight. What's the best way to unclog a very stuffy head and nose? And why is it that when I'm sitting up, my nose is blocked up tighter than anything, but the instant I lay down, everything makes a giant dash for freedom? (And when I get up to blow my nose, it's right back to being blocked and nothing comes out! I HATE being sick!  >:()

I've tried hot tea and a hot bath, but I'd like something that might last long enough to let me get some sleep.
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #8207 on: August 14, 2013, 05:54:21 PM »
Here's one - I'm SURE I know some answers to this, but right now I can't even think straight. What's the best way to unclog a very stuffy head and nose? And why is it that when I'm sitting up, my nose is blocked up tighter than anything, but the instant I lay down, everything makes a giant dash for freedom? (And when I get up to blow my nose, it's right back to being blocked and nothing comes out! I HATE being sick!  >:()

I've tried hot tea and a hot bath, but I'd like something that might last long enough to let me get some sleep.

Blech. This happened to me with my last cold. It was incredibly annoying. The neti pot is your friend. I also like to take guaifenisin (Mucinex) with a bucketload of water. And then finally, the thing that helped most was to bend down so my head was upside down and kind of move it from side to side while trying to blow my nose, and then when you stand up, once the dizziness passes, trying blowing your nose some more. Just be gentle. It can hurt your ears. I looked like an idiot, but it really helped clear out my sinuses. I've never had a cold that bad before, where my sinuses wouldn't clear out at all on their own. It was horrible.


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« Reply #8208 on: August 14, 2013, 05:58:01 PM »
Here's one - I'm SURE I know some answers to this, but right now I can't even think straight. What's the best way to unclog a very stuffy head and nose? And why is it that when I'm sitting up, my nose is blocked up tighter than anything, but the instant I lay down, everything makes a giant dash for freedom? (And when I get up to blow my nose, it's right back to being blocked and nothing comes out! I HATE being sick!  >:()

I've tried hot tea and a hot bath, but I'd like something that might last long enough to let me get some sleep.

Blech. This happened to me with my last cold. It was incredibly annoying. The neti pot is your friend. I also like to take guaifenisin (Mucinex) with a bucketload of water. And then finally, the thing that helped most was to bend down so my head was upside down and kind of move it from side to side while trying to blow my nose, and then when you stand up, once the dizziness passes, trying blowing your nose some more. Just be gentle. It can hurt your ears. I looked like an idiot, but it really helped clear out my sinuses. I've never had a cold that bad before, where my sinuses wouldn't clear out at all on their own. It was horrible.

You know, I didn't even think of a neti pot. I'll try that and the upside-down thing. Thanks!
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« Reply #8209 on: August 14, 2013, 06:26:03 PM »
Here's one - I'm SURE I know some answers to this, but right now I can't even think straight. What's the best way to unclog a very stuffy head and nose? And why is it that when I'm sitting up, my nose is blocked up tighter than anything, but the instant I lay down, everything makes a giant dash for freedom? (And when I get up to blow my nose, it's right back to being blocked and nothing comes out! I HATE being sick!  >:()

I've tried hot tea and a hot bath, but I'd like something that might last long enough to let me get some sleep.

Blech. This happened to me with my last cold. It was incredibly annoying. The neti pot is your friend. I also like to take guaifenisin (Mucinex) with a bucketload of water. And then finally, the thing that helped most was to bend down so my head was upside down and kind of move it from side to side while trying to blow my nose, and then when you stand up, once the dizziness passes, trying blowing your nose some more. Just be gentle. It can hurt your ears. I looked like an idiot, but it really helped clear out my sinuses. I've never had a cold that bad before, where my sinuses wouldn't clear out at all on their own. It was horrible.

The neti pot really is magic. Disgusting, disgusting magic.

I would also recommend a long, hot shower. Sit down in the tub if you feel woozy, but keep the door closed and the fan off, and let the bathroom get steamy as possible. I sometimes find that letting the shower stream hit my sinus area helps. It's a little massage, the heat loosens things up, and the moisture in the air will help soothe your mucus membranes.

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« Reply #8210 on: August 14, 2013, 06:36:13 PM »
The neti pot really is magic. Disgusting, disgusting magic.

I would also recommend a long, hot shower. Sit down in the tub if you feel woozy, but keep the door closed and the fan off, and let the bathroom get steamy as possible. I sometimes find that letting the shower stream hit my sinus area helps. It's a little massage, the heat loosens things up, and the moisture in the air will help soothe your mucus membranes.

I'll probably end up doing that just before bed. My fan's wired into the lightswitch, unfortunately, but it doesn't work too well, so I think I can steam myself to near-oblivion. ;D
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« Reply #8211 on: August 14, 2013, 06:36:28 PM »
Speaking of being sick, I found out that my regular non-sick temperature was/around 35.5 (96F) (oral temp - that's really low, I know, but last time I checked, I wasn't a robot and wasn't in a constant state of hypothermia).
Turns out oral temp of 32.2 can actually be normal in some people!

Does that mean I have a fever at say X+1,5, so 37(99F) or that it's only a fever if it's above 37.8(100) - the temperature the thermometer leaflet says it's fever?
I do feel feverish when I'm ("way") below 37.8, that's why I have been taking my temp every now and then, ( same time of day, no activity before, all that stuff) never went above 36.2 or below 35.2, to try and figure my own self out.


(I used an online C to F, hope they're close enough to the real numbers)

edited to add a few things
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« Reply #8212 on: August 14, 2013, 06:44:23 PM »
Speaking of being sick, I found out that my regular non-sick temperature was/around 35.5 (96F) (oral temp - that's really low, I know, but last time I checked, I wasn't a robot and wasn't in a constant state of hypothermia).
Turns out oral temp of 32.2 can actually be normal in some people!

Does that mean I have a fever at say X+1,5, so 37(99F) or that it's only a fever if it's above 37.8(100) - the temperature the thermometer leaflet says it's fever?
I do feel feverish when I'm ("way") below 37.8, that's why I have been taking my temp every now and then, ( same time of day, no activity before, all that stuff) never went above 36.2 or below 35.2, to try and figure my own self out.


(I used an online C to F, hope they're close enough to the real numbers)

edited to add a few things

Carotte, my normal body temp is 95.9 F. I am rarely ever warm, and if I am, everyone else has been sweating a while.
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« Reply #8213 on: August 14, 2013, 06:46:37 PM »
Speaking of being sick, I found out that my regular non-sick temperature was/around 35.5 (96F) (oral temp - that's really low, I know, but last time I checked, I wasn't a robot and wasn't in a constant state of hypothermia).
Turns out oral temp of 32.2 can actually be normal in some people!

Does that mean I have a fever at say X+1,5, so 37(99F) or that it's only a fever if it's above 37.8(100) - the temperature the thermometer leaflet says it's fever?
I do feel feverish when I'm ("way") below 37.8, that's why I have been taking my temp every now and then, ( same time of day, no activity before, all that stuff) never went above 36.2 or below 35.2, to try and figure my own self out.


(I used an online C to F, hope they're close enough to the real numbers)

edited to add a few things

That's about my average non-sick temperature too. I figure that my "fever" temperature is correspondingly lower, but I've never had it be an issue one way or the other. If I'm giving symptoms to a doctor for whatever reason, I make sure to mention that my regular temperature is lower.

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« Reply #8214 on: August 14, 2013, 06:48:04 PM »
Speaking of being sick, I found out that my regular non-sick temperature was/around 35.5 (96F) (oral temp - that's really low, I know, but last time I checked, I wasn't a robot and wasn't in a constant state of hypothermia).
Turns out oral temp of 32.2 can actually be normal in some people!

Does that mean I have a fever at say X+1,5, so 37(99F) or that it's only a fever if it's above 37.8(100) - the temperature the thermometer leaflet says it's fever?
I do feel feverish when I'm ("way") below 37.8, that's why I have been taking my temp every now and then, ( same time of day, no activity before, all that stuff) never went above 36.2 or below 35.2, to try and figure my own self out.


(I used an online C to F, hope they're close enough to the real numbers)

edited to add a few things

Carotte, my normal body temp is 95.9 F. I am rarely ever warm, and if I am, everyone else has been sweating a while.

Mine's fairly low - I don't know exactly how low, my thermometer isn't accurate. >:( But I can be perfectly comfortable in temperatures that would send most people swearing and stumbling for the AC. It's 76 F in my room right now and I'm still in sweatpants!
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« Reply #8215 on: August 14, 2013, 07:11:53 PM »
Speaking of being sick, I found out that my regular non-sick temperature was/around 35.5 (96F) (oral temp - that's really low, I know, but last time I checked, I wasn't a robot and wasn't in a constant state of hypothermia).
Turns out oral temp of 32.2 can actually be normal in some people!

Does that mean I have a fever at say X+1,5, so 37(99F) or that it's only a fever if it's above 37.8(100) - the temperature the thermometer leaflet says it's fever?
I do feel feverish when I'm ("way") below 37.8, that's why I have been taking my temp every now and then, ( same time of day, no activity before, all that stuff) never went above 36.2 or below 35.2, to try and figure my own self out.


(I used an online C to F, hope they're close enough to the real numbers)

edited to add a few things

If you feel feverish and ill when your temp goes up a little, you probably are. If you feel fine, it may be something else that is raising your temperature.

I've jokingly called myself a lizard because my temperature used to be around 93 F (33.8 C) underarm temp. but it would go up a few degrees if I sat in the sun for an hour (new meds now so it's not a problem anymore).
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« Reply #8216 on: August 14, 2013, 07:17:26 PM »
Speaking of being sick, I found out that my regular non-sick temperature was/around 35.5 (96F) (oral temp - that's really low, I know, but last time I checked, I wasn't a robot and wasn't in a constant state of hypothermia).
Turns out oral temp of 32.2 can actually be normal in some people!

Does that mean I have a fever at say X+1,5, so 37(99F) or that it's only a fever if it's above 37.8(100) - the temperature the thermometer leaflet says it's fever?
I do feel feverish when I'm ("way") below 37.8, that's why I have been taking my temp every now and then, ( same time of day, no activity before, all that stuff) never went above 36.2 or below 35.2, to try and figure my own self out.


(I used an online C to F, hope they're close enough to the real numbers)

edited to add a few things

Carotte, my normal body temp is 95.9 F. I am rarely ever warm, and if I am, everyone else has been sweating a while.

Mine's fairly low - I don't know exactly how low, my thermometer isn't accurate. >:( But I can be perfectly comfortable in temperatures that would send most people swearing and stumbling for the AC. It's 76 F in my room right now and I'm still in sweatpants!

Mine tends to run in the area of 95-96 degrees.  If my temp is 99, I AM SICK. 101 feels like I am dying.  I once ended up in the ER with a temp of 104.
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« Reply #8217 on: August 14, 2013, 07:27:36 PM »
I run 96 - 97 degrees normally, when I run a 99, I am very sick.

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« Reply #8218 on: August 14, 2013, 07:28:20 PM »
My "normal" body temperature used to be 96.8 F (instead the expected 98.6 F).  I spent years insisting that I had some form of hypothyroid issue - but until my Dad went on thyroid supplements, not just Maternal Grandmother & an aunt - I was ignored.

Last month I found out at an uncle-by-marriage's funeral that Mom's Baby Sister was diagnosed with the same hypothyroid condition twice - once overseas and again after they moved back to the USA....but nobody told ME until last month.

At least I am comfortable knowing that I was not a hypochondriac all those years (at least five years - possibly eight - maybe longer - they would test for thyroid levels and tell me that I fell in the "low normal" range but never listened to the long list of hypothyroid symptoms - until Dad went on thyroid and then the tests for thyroid antibodies finally got done)...

Seriously - someone comes in with a temp of 96.8 F when she's well and you tell her that she's imagining things when she reports feeling really, really sick at 100 F?  And too sick to function at anything more than 100 F? 

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« Reply #8219 on: August 14, 2013, 09:18:26 PM »
As a note on the heating/ a.c., I grew up in a house built in the 80's so it had central air and heating, and really every place I've lived in up till now had central air and heating.  But this house (built in 1925) came with a furnace that runs on gas and 6 fans on the first floor.  No a/c at all unless you count the two old window units that came with the house.  They still work, one we put in the kitchen window, the other's in the piratebabe's window. 

We bought a few others, one for our bedroom, one for my middle son's room and one for the living room.  The babe's room and middle son's room are both on the west side of the house and during the summer they're the hottest rooms, in the winter they're the coldest.  And oddly the only heating vent in the babe's room is in one of the closets so we have to keep his closet open and dress him very warmly in the winter.  Thankfully middle pirate doesn't have that problem. 

Oh, we also have an exhaust fan but that thing's so blasted loud I hate turning it on.
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