COVID Vaccine Part 2

I’ve been asked a few times why I’ve gotten the COVID vaccine. I can give you the proper answers about efficacy and how we’re in a pandemic and we’re all trying to survive. But…those aren’t my real answers. Those are just my professional answers. First and foremost, I decided to get vaccinated because I’m exposedContinue reading “COVID Vaccine Part 2”

The COVID vaccine

I got my first dose of the Moderna COVID vaccine 12/30/2020. I like to say that I ended 2020 on a high note and entered 2021 with the hope that this vaccine will keep me and my family safe during the pandemic. I’ve been asked a few questions about the vaccine so I thought I’dContinue reading “The COVID vaccine”

The Who, What, When, Where, and Why of COVID-19 testing.

When COVID-19 was claimed a pandemic in March of 2020, we were pretty strict about testing patients. Patients had to have specific symptoms and fit specific other criteria for us to even consider using a test. Part of that is because we knew very little about the virus and its symptoms. It was also becauseContinue reading “The Who, What, When, Where, and Why of COVID-19 testing.”

The Armor of God

Right when we thought we could open up movie theaters and gyms, we took a few steps backwards and ended up stuck in Phase 2 in North Carolina, with a mandate to wear masks in public. At work, I’m still seeing patients outdoors, either in their cars or on our front porch. I drape theContinue reading “The Armor of God”

Called During Chaos

“Mommy, do you have to go to work?” “Yes. I do.” Her eyes filled with tears and she crossed her arms in anger, trying to contain her emotions. “It’s not fair. This whole Coronavirus thing is going on and I don’t get to see you that much because you’re always testing people and having toContinue reading “Called During Chaos”

Togetherness

The doors are opening. Slowly but surely, the doors are opening. Restaurants will soon host family dinners, gyms will provide a time of group Zumba lessons, and our previous sense of a normal world will soon return. Hallelujah, amen! I should just stop my blog right there haha! A lot of thoughts are running throughContinue reading “Togetherness”

COVID-19 Update

Hello everyone! I pray that everyone is staying safe during the pandemic! I have a few updates and this is, of course, from the perspective of a family medicine provider, your neighborhood friendly PA. Symptoms of COVID-19 have expanded a bit. Fever, sore throat, cough, muscle pain, and shortness of breath are still the staplesContinue reading “COVID-19 Update”

Trapped

After many weeks of quarantine, I think we’ve all been experiencing a little cabin fever. We’re ready to dine at a restaurant, go shopping, spend time with friends, and take a family vacation. But we’re stuck. We go to bed after another day of equivalent fractions, messy meals, and stopping fights between children, only toContinue reading “Trapped”

2020 Without 20/20

COVID-19. No one saw this coming. 2019 had a lot of hardships for many people. I dealt with two cancer scares, my parents almost died in a terrible car accident, my dad almost died from a clot in his lung, and I had to have an unexpected cardiac work-up. Granted, all is well but 2019Continue reading “2020 Without 20/20”

“How long?”

One of the most common questions I am asked is, “How long?” “How long do I need to take my blood pressure medicine?” “How long until I start feeling better?” “How long does it take until the medicine kicks in?” “How long?” The answer to this question is variable. It is dependent on the patient,Continue reading ““How long?””