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Avance has Covid19 Testing (yes really)

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Quick note to let you know, I was able to make an appointment for Covid19 testing at Avance Health Care in Durham.  My doctor's office did not offer this testing service. And Walgreens has a daunting online screening form.  So your best bet if you want a test right now is to try Avance.  They said they charge the copay from your insurance because people were getting billed by the testing company if they don't.  So the rumors of "free testing" are not realized as far as I know.  However, the testing does exist in Durham.

I hope we are all are able to get a test, and it shows we had it, and we never really got terribly sick from it.  That's the best case scenario, I think.  💖

Avance Care  website for Durham location.

NC ranks 43rd in the nation for testing, so please tell your friends about this testing site.

Update:  this afternoon (on the 22nd of May) I got an email from Governor Cooper with a link to a list of Covid 19 testing sites in the state. The PDF he sent…

I am one of the #MillionsMissing and I Thank #Nurses Today

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The roots of my illness were visible very early on, but two events in particular led to my downfall from being able to work.  First, I had a lot of dental work at age 18.  Some of it was caps which didn't fit in my small jaw and caused TMJ, which later triggered one of the types of headaches I have.  I have a genetic disposition to migraines anyway and in two years, I had classic migraines.  Second, I had food poisoning at the same time as the first SARS epidemic (2004).  I suspect I had SARS that same year as well. 

Within two years I had been hospitalized with multiple Pulmonary Embolisms and three lung infarcts. My lungs have never fully recovered.  According to even the most conservative reading of the Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / Post Viral Fatigue medical coding, I have post viral fatigue.  To the best of my doctor's knowledge I had reactivation of "Mono" which is Epstein Barr Virus around 2010, and by 2012, I was having trouble worki…

Covid-19 Testing Comes to Durham NC but You Probably Won't Qualify

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I'm ambivalent about announcing that WRAL news says there is now Coronavirus testing in Durham NC.  However they say you must use the online screening to qualify.  And I didn't qualify, big surprise!  And then I lied a bit to see if I could get it to work.  I didn't say I was a healthcare worker, that's one fib too far.  I wasn't able to use any combination of answers to their screening questions that I could think of, short of saying falsely that I am a health care worker.  Earlier in the pandemic, CVS and Walgreens were advertising testing for healthcare workers only.  So I think that's still the case.

This is a rant.  If you don't like rants, stop reading now.
From my brief testing of the screening site, if you say you have symptoms, if you checkmark any of the items which are classic symptoms like "shortness of breath (not serious)" it tells you to go to an Emergency Room right away.  They ask for no details like "is shortness of breath …