Tag: COVID19

Pandemic Vacation

Pandemic Vacation

COVID-related notes from our nine-day family trip to Guatemala: Easter is a big deal in Guate. It’s not only about religious services, street processions, and family gatherings; It’s also about vacation, and everyone flocks to the coast to frolic. That was April 4th. As a 

Leaving on a Jet Plane

Leaving on a Jet Plane

March was miserable, but April’s already an improvement. Not only because the office politics are settling out, but because I left the country. Let me tell you, THAT really helps! Yes, we managed to jump through all the pandemic travel hoops, and here we are 

COVID in the HOUSE

COVID in the HOUSE

Sunday, January 3rd was a particularly eventful day for us. Yes, it was the Patriot’s last game of the season, which impacted us in more ways than one. It was also the day I got dose #1 of the Moderna SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, which was lucky 

The Delights and Despairs of the COVID Holiday Season

The Delights and Despairs of the COVID Holiday Season

I know my last post was almost three weeks ago! I’ve been meaning to cover the COVID vaccines, and indeed, I’ll get to that later in this post. But first, an explanation for the delay: I promised myself that I would not write even one 

Oh, Sh*t

Oh, Sh*t

Yes, I’m really talking about poop. One could make innumerable scatalogical exclamations upon absorbing today’s graph of SARS-CoV-2 virus levels as measured in the greater Boston sewage (created by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority): Basically, the numbers we’re seeing today are WAY higher than the 

Remember This Year, For Real

Remember This Year, For Real

Our town has its own COVID-19 documentary, thanks to resident and intrepid cinematographer Tom Fahey, who also happens to work for CBS’ 60 Minutes, so this is the real deal. This beautifully filmed video covers our own local experience of Spring 2020, and I was 

COVID Call

COVID Call

I’m on call for our practice this weekend, through Thanksgiving. I’m not sure I need to give much intro to this other than to flash this current graph from the Massachusetts Department of Health: Soooooo now you know what I’ve been paged about pretty much 

Clinicians are voting for change

Clinicians are voting for change

Infuriated more so than inspired by the current administration’s ongoing mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic… No, wait, mishandling isn’t a strong enough word. Bungling? Or worse than that. I feel the need to infer malicious intent: Perverting, perhaps? Yes, let’s go with that! Infuriated more 

Vote for Science

Vote for Science

A bunch of doctor-friends and I were recently lamenting that none of the larger physicians’ institutions were taking a strong stance on the presidential election. I was jealous of my RN colleagues as their largest union organization and a group of over 700 nurses recently 

True Confessions of The COVID Nineteen

True Confessions of The COVID Nineteen

Our hospital’s OpEd Project cohort of nineteen intrepid healthcare provider-writers, affectionately self-dubbed The COVID Nineteen, co-wrote a recent Newsweek essay titled Coming Clean About Hydroxychloroquine. I am so proud of this piece because it speaks with honesty and vulnerability to medical issues near and dear