Monday, July 5, 2021
Monday, May 10, 2021
This is a day late but... Happy Mother's Day to all you moms out there. I want to give a special shout-out to my mom (who I still call "mommy"). Words cannot describe the deep gratitude and love I feel... no list would do justice to all the things that I'm thankful for.
Below is a picture of the cover of a scrapbook that my kids have been drawing in since 2014 (thanks I believe to my sister who gave the idea to my husband)... on top is my gift this year... has each of the kids' names engraved on one of those rings. I received something similar in the past but unfortunately lost some of the little trinkets... so this is great. It reminds me what a blessing and privilege God's given me to help guide these little hearts... but not so little anymore... So every day I pray for wisdom and grace. I am humbled all the time at how far I fall short... at the same time, I am reminded to not measure with my own standards...
To be honest, being a mother is the hardest thing I've ever had to do... SATs, MCATs, residency, boards...q3 call in the ICU... they do not even come close! Though challenging... and may sound cliche, I would not trade it for the world and am truly grateful for this honor to be called "mom"...
So as a side note, I find it fascinating that the word "mama" (meaning mother) is so similar in many different languages. For example, in Chinese, you would say "ma" or "mama" when you address your mother. It is pretty much the same in Taiwanese except the tonation is slightly different. In Korean, you'd say "o-ma"...
What do you all call your moms? Mother? Mom? Ma? Who else out there calls her, "mommy" like I do? 😅
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
First, here is a table summarizing the three vaccines that have been available in the US:
- muscle aches
- leg pain
- abdominal pain
- shortness of breath
- If test positive for Covid, you should wait until all symptoms resolve and meet the criteria for discontinuing isolation.
- If treated with convalescent plasma or monoclonal antibodies for Covid, then you need to wait 90 days before getting the vaccine.
- If you got any other vaccines recently, then you should wait 2 weeks before getting the Covid vaccine
- Helps prevent severe infection from Covid19
- Helps prevent hospitalization from Covid19
- Helps prevent death from Covid19
- Helps prevent the spread of Covid19 in asymptomatic people
- get vaccinated (as long as not contraindicated)
- wear masks (though vaccinated folks can now potentially unmask indoors with other vaccinated folks)
- social distance with those who don't live with you (6 ft apart and avoid crowds)
- wash hands (should always be doing this anyway)
Thursday, January 28, 2021
So I had a total lightbulb moment last week and I'm so excited about it that I have to share! Honestly, it has been really frustrating for me to not be able to stay organized and on top of all the things that my four kids are doing... whether it be school, music, sports, household stuff etc! I've tried printing out excel sheets... I've tried a huge dry erase board sectioned off for each of the four kids.... I've tried putting everything in google calendar and using notifications. I tried setting reminders on Alexa. None of it worked super well or lasted long... but I think I found a solution!
For a while now, my kids have been doing this virtual school thing and they have become very familiar with google classroom. A couple of months into distance learning last spring, my oldest created her own google classroom for her siblings and cousins. Not long after that, my youngest also started his own google classroom. I really did not pay much attention to any of this but would hear about it from my sister from time to time about how my seven year old was giving tests etc. We just thought it was cute and funny. Then just last week, it dawned on me... I can create a google classroom! Those who know me know I love excel files and lists... well, this google classroom thing is a total game-changer for how I'm managing this household!
- Linking a daily devotional for them to read, reflect, and respond... the classroom allows group comments so all can share or private comments to me where I can respond back. This really has been awesome! It was too hard before to do devotions every night with each child separately but now they can read it in their time, respond to me and I can write a thoughtful response back.
- Putting in daily tasks for them to "mark done" instead of feeling like a broken record asking them over and over again and then forgetting what their answer was after I asked them... so things like putting away laundry, getting outside for exercise, twenty minutes of reading, etc.
- Attaching links to websites tailored to each kid from their different extracurricular activities (like chess.com or MIT scratch)
- Attaching a link to the Compassion children we sponsor. Now my kids can read and learn more about them as well as make google docs and submit them back to me so I can send it out. I was the one doing all the correspondence before
- Attaching links to each others school projects etc. so they can see each other's creative works. Since school turned hybrid this fall, my kids have had plenty of projects that involve using a flipgrid to tape STEM projects they've built or video editing project reports for social studies. In the past, I'd open up my laptop and play the videos for everyone while they were all eating but it would be sporadic and often interrupted... now they can watch when they have a moment and even comment something encouraging to one another
Monday, January 4, 2021
So 2020 is now behind us... may 2021 be a better year.
Despite the challenges and many difficulties and disappointments that may come to mind when I think of the past year, I have to say that the blessing for me was time to just "be still". I have the first part of Psalm 46:10 on my bathroom wall:
"Be still and know that I am God"
This past year, I really was forced to be still... at least physically still. I'm still working on how to be mentally still. Here are a few images that come to mind when I reflect back...
Monday, December 14, 2020
- false-positive - tells you you have antibodies but really you don't, so you'd have a false sense of security
- false-negative - tells you you do not have antibodies but really you do
- practice social distancing (mask and 6 feet apart!)
- wash your hands frequently (avoid touching your face)
- get adequate sleep (sleep sleep sleep!)
- eat healthy (vegetables!)
- exercise (even if just 15min a day!)
- decrease stress (carve time for yourself daily)
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
So I'm sure everybody is reading about the recent spike in Covid cases. From my experience, it truly just hit that second weekend in November when I was "the doc on-call" and it has been a domino effect ever since. Calls started to come in from patients requesting testing as well as from the lab reporting positives back to me.
Back in the summer, we may get requests for Covid tests because folks were traveling and needed a negative result so they can enter another state or fly to some exotic island getaway. Few scattered calls came during August and September when college students went back to campus and we saw a small spike in that age group then. However, about a week after Halloween and Election Day, requests for covid testing due to positive contact or symptoms started to pour in. What's more, a lot of these tests are coming back positive.
So the big question everyone asks is, "How long do I need to quarantine?" Especially with the holidays around the corner, everyone is trying to decide what to do about family gatherings and travel. I will attempt to summarize it here as I feel like I'm having this conversation multiple times a day and every single day for the last 3 weeks. However, there are two things to note:
1) guidelines change constantly and the CDC is actually in the process of officially decreasing the length of quarantine after positive exposure
2) everybody's health and situation is different, so definitely consult with your physician for individual guidance.
Symptoms of Covid can include all or only some of the following... but the first three symptoms seem to be consistent with most of my patients who end up with positive results. Fever, cough, and shortness of breath only in the more severe cases but I haven't been seeing those symptoms in the younger folks as much.
- sore throat
- body aches
- fever / chills
- loss of smell
- GI symptoms (diarrhea etc)
- yes symptoms -> test on day 3 or 4 of symptoms
- no symptoms -> chances are your test will be negative and hard to interpret if by chance it is positive then quarantine 10 days from day of positive covid swab