Archive for May2020

Early PPE

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If you have Amazon Prime, until June 30, you watch all 24 lectures ( all about 30 minutes) of The Black Death: The World’s Most Devastating Plague by noted professor Dorsey Armstrong for free. The lectures are part of the Great Courses series.  Many years ago, I used to order these lectures on cassette tapes.  […]

Where Has all the COVID Gone?

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I haven’t put an isolation gown on in three shifts.   I even forgot to put a surgical mask on when I got out of my fly car yesterday to go into the Subway to buy a cold drink. (I apologized to the clerk). With the warm weather and the people back out on the streets, […]

A Visit

He is an old man with a stooped back, wearing tan work pants and shirt with his name on the right breast and his company’s name on the left.  He has gotten out of his old Pontiac, and wearing a face mask, walks toward us as we come out of the dialysis center with an […]

Keep Your Guard Up

I worked at the hospital today.  I was curious to see how our COVID numbers were doing (after being off for a few days) and like most of the state they have been dropping.  Still a few coming in, some of whom had previously been diagnosed as positive.  It feels here at least in this […]

Memorial Day Weekend

This was probably the first time in twenty five years I didn’t work at least one day of a Memorial Day weekend (Saturday through Monday).  I had told myself if a shift opened up on Sunday, I would take it.  It did and I didn’t.  On Saturday I hit softballs with my youngest daughter.  Sunday, […]

Quinnipiac Poll

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I got a call from the Quinnipiac poll the other night and spent 15 minutes answering questions about the presidential candidates, the economy, health care and COVID-19.  I was able to answer all the questions pretty easily.  I didn’t like either Biden or Trump, but would vote for Biden.  I liked Fauci, but was skeptical […]

Face Shields

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Our hospital is requiring all clinical workers to not only wear face masks, but also face shields, when interacting with patients. In the April 29, 2020 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, Dr. Eli Perencevich and his coauthors argue that face shields should be adapted by communities in their containment strategies.  They […]

Phase One

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Connecticut began phase one of their reopening today.  I left work early today after our monthly CME, which included a talk from our infectious disease doctor on COVID.  He urged us all to continue to keep our guard up.  It was another beautiful day.  I came home to find my two daughters making doughnuts which […]

Experts are Skeptical

I try to stay up on the COVID News.  I do it to keep sane because I need to focus on something in these sci-fi times, but I confess this–we’ll call it a hobby– also puts me on the verge on insanity.  I think the hardest part of it is its rollercoaster nature.  One minute, the sun is […]

A Home

A beautiful spring day.  The sky is robin’s egg blue.  The air smells like fresh cut grass.  We cut our sirens on approach, and are driving now through the residential neighborhood.  Kids are out on their bikes.  There are joggers aplenty.  Nearly every house has someone out beautifying their yard.  Neighbors talk and laugh with […]

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