COVID19 vaccine coming soon: here’s what you need to know – Part 1

COVID19 vaccine coming soon: here’s what you need to know - Part 1

Though the world’s COVID19 situation looks bleak, we’ve had a lot of exciting news on the vaccine front lately. There’s a COVID19 vaccine coming soon: here’s what you need to know – Part 1. The mRNA vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna are reportedly both over 90% effective (though we’ve only learned this from press releases … Read more

Taking care of body and brain during COVID19

Finding peace when the wolf is at your door

The last nine months have been a real rollercoaster ride. And not the kind where you’re full of nervous anticipation, exhilaration felt at every turn, twist and drop; the kind where, at the end, you think “Holy Crap! I want to do that again!”. Nope. This COVID19 rollercoaster ride has been more like the poop … Read more

Return to Phase 1 – a step back or a move forward?

Lockdown

Return to Phase 1 – a step back or a move forward? Well, in the last couple of weeks I have had a patient die of COVID19. I have had patients tell me stories of their entire family, including elderly grandparents, coming down with COVID19. I have heard of weddings missed and new babies not … Read more

Flu Vaccine 101: Pandemic Edition

Yep! It’s that time of year again. As Fall approaches, influenza is knocking on the door… but this flu season promises to be far from typical. We are already smack dab in the middle of a pandemic. COVID19 has devastated lives and livelihoods and there is no quick or easy end in sight. Now add … Read more

What life was like before vaccines

Before and after vaccines

If you’ve ever wondered what life was like before vaccines, or what life could be like if we allow immunization rates to fall, now you know. Or, at least, now you have a sense – suffering, death, anxiety, fear, poverty, and more. In 2020, we will certainly fare better in our fight against the novel … Read more

Making sense of COVID19 test results

COVID19 test results

Making sense of COVID19 test results is no easy task. To do it, we’ll need to dive into statistics. I have delayed getting this blogpost out because, like many others of you out there, statistics was one of my least favorite subjects in school and I have been fighting with my inner procrastinator on this … Read more

Let’s talk about science and COVID19

Science and COVID19

Lately I’ve read some commentary on social media (I’ll paraphrase) stating that, “scientists are constantly changing their minds about the Coronavirus and contradicting themselves. They don’t really know what they’re talking about.” Ok, people… Let’s talk about science and COVID19. As my dear friend Nancy would say, “Here’s the scoop of the deal.” It’s all … Read more

COVID19 – what does it all mean?

Searching for meaning

Most of my recent posts have been very educational in nature – reviewing medical terminology, exploring concepts in statistics, etc. Well, today I am taking off my teacher hat. But before I do, did you know that the word “Doctor” comes from the Latin “Docere” which means “to teach”? I guess taking off that hat … Read more

The Coronavirus – a doctor’s story of anxiety

Coronavirus anxiety

Dear Everyone, As I sit here with a dull ache in my head, rubbing out the knot in my neck, trying to stop my heart from beating like I’ve had three cups of coffee (I’m a one cup girl, max), it occurs to me that I might just be stressed. The last few weeks, I … Read more