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”

Heroism

Essential workers are called heroes. We are on the frontlines of COVID-19, attempting to detect and treat patients who are infected, risking exposure to the virus. But there are many times when we don’t feel like heroes. When a patient dies, we feel that we’ve failed them. And when a patient survives but had toContinue reading “Heroism”

Laughter is the Best Medicine

People love hearing funny medical stories. With all of the stress from COVID19, I thought I’d share a few funny stories that have either occurred to me or to one of my colleagues. For simplicity, all of this will be written in the first person. During a rectal exam, someone farted in my face. DuringContinue reading “Laughter is the Best Medicine”

A Woman in Quarantine

I love women’s health. I actively schedule quarterly Saturday clinics that are comprised of only women’s physicals. Pap smears, breast exams, vaccines, etc. I love women’s health because…well…I’m a woman…duh. Ha ha! But I actually love women’s health because I find that women tend to place their own health on the back burner because “lifeContinue reading “A Woman in Quarantine”