The challenges of COVID-19

Long ago we learned that COVID was quite the contagious virus and we learned its symptoms making us experts in viral epidemiology, (what a mouthful!) social distancing, contact-tracing and handwashing! Our country asked, we gave. We sheltered in place. Now, it’s time to get back to our old ‘norm,’ as this ‘new norm’ takes too much ‘getting used to.’ But, then there are others of us who are hesitant to dip their toes in the waters. After all, if we don’t get this reentry thing right, there will be a resurgence of cases and we’ll be set back some months, … Continue reading The challenges of COVID-19

Don’t let your guard down!

Wowsa! I never thought I’d be happy to think about going outside, going back to work and getting back to the drama of life as I knew it. But, if you watched the 6 o’clock news this evening, you might have heard that in certain parts of the country, what we have come to know as the ‘curve’; has ‘begun’ to flatten! Time to party and begin to celebrate right? Not so quick, slick! Before you dash out that door, before you even think about it, realize that, besides putting your mask on, there are areas of the country where … Continue reading Don’t let your guard down!

What is hospice? For whom?

You heard the term, ‘hospice;’ sketchy on details, you seem to remember a relationship between ‘hospice’ and ‘terminal illness.’ Further, hospice is an approach to the care of someone terminally ill who has chosen not to have more aggressive treatment to save his life. He now wants care to focus on his comfort. Often that means no more chemo, goodbye to radiation, no more operations-unless the doctor is certain that they will bring comfort, but they are not intended to cure. What care is involved? Nursing care involves symptom management and pain control usually. The nurse isn’t a ‘junior doctor’ … Continue reading What is hospice? For whom?

Antibiotics help, but can hurt, too!

Finally, an antibiotic for that ghastly urinary tract infection (UTI). The burning, the runs to the bathroom, the low-grade fever. Relief is ‘just around the corner.’ The past few days have been miserable! Symptoms are gone by day 3, but by day 4 you’ve got sores in your mouth and your mouth is dry and it burns. Then, your tongue becomes really deep red, it burns, and cracks are in the corner of your mouth. Eating has become a challenge because everything except cold foods seems to aggravate it. “What’s happening? Wasn’t the antibiotic supposed to make things better? Well, … Continue reading Antibiotics help, but can hurt, too!

The doctor is ‘out’

It was an uneventful flight from LA to Chicago except for the bozo who didn’t stop coughing. I didn’t need my coat in LA, so I packed it; but in Chicago’s cold, I wish I hadn’t put it at the bottom of my suitcase! Three days later, my head stuffy and lungs a faucet for phlegm; realizing that I’d never be able to get in to see my doctor by the weekend, I wondered what I could do for my green phlegm to stand a chance of beating this chest cold? you’ve seen something similar to the ‘toy’ below, or … Continue reading The doctor is ‘out’