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i am a family physician who was diagnosed with
early mild cognitive impairment(mci) amnestic type on december 21, 2010
this is a precursor to alzheimers disease
because of this diagnosis i have opted to stop practicing medicine
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Sunday, March 29, 2020

day #9 covid 19 quarantine


my phone rang and i didnt recognize the number but something told me to answer it
is this a female said my name
im from the public health department
i have some questions to ask you
ok i said
where did you get you covid 19 test and when
i told her
what were your symptoms
i told her
excuse me i said my covid 19 test was negative right
yes she said
i thought i wonder if you even know about false negative tests
i also thought if i was negative why are you asking me all these covid 19 questions
addendum here the covid 19 tests initially in china had a false negative rate of 40-70%
as time goes on and the tests are getting better i expect the false negative rate to start to get closer to what we see with the flu tests
how are you doing now she said
i told her
i have fever and chills twice a day
i have improved my appetite
i have developed more nasal congestion
i have a scratchy sorethroat
i have a headache when my acetaminophen wears off
i do though i said feel much better
i went from dying a week ago to the living today
that made her laugh
she said we will be contacting you in a week to see how you are doing
we want to make sure you are quarantining yourself and your wife
i thought but i thought my test was negative
she said there may be a health officer come by to see you next week
thank you i said
glad you are feeling better now
thanks i said i am bye

this morning i was thinking
the tidal wave is about to hit us here the next two-four weeks before it peaks
they arent going to be able to do all this checking on you business

my update
this morning i so far at 6am pst
i feel better
i have no fever or chills yet
i have a slight headache and the scratchy sorethroat
i am extending my acetaminophen dosing to every 8 hours to start tapering off the acetaminophen
i have to be off it before i can use my get out of quarantine card a week later
i have a cough but it hasnt changed
i have nasal congestion that is about the same
i am not nauseated
i have an appetite although its blunted
my biggest concern is if that the uri symptoms i have drops down into my chest
its been like it is now for 3 days
so we wait

when i do get well and am totally symptom free i will write more about where my mind has been over the last 7 days

this is a graph of my steps over the last week
as you look you can see that i have a gradual increase in activity each day
last sunday was my lowest
thats when i thought i was going to die
this step graph correlates with how my symptoms improved
i have added 200 steps to my usual activity in this bedroom by doing standing in place walking

yesterday i clicked on the tv to watch the news and there he was
that cigar chopping general with that cajun accent that took over after katrina
i heard the interviewer ask me
if you were running things for the covid 19 disaster what would you do first
i thought
i would make you take control of it all
he said
the first thing i would do is assign two 2 star generals to each governor of each state to help them deal with this disaster
this is what the military does manage disasters like this

hopefully president trump and his advisers saw him on tv and picked up the phone to call him to say
could you come help us

we would all be better if that happened

as i mentioned the tidal wave of the covid 19 is about to hit us the month of april here
we have to be ready to withstand it so that when this tidal wave recedes we are ok on the other side
if you stay inside and dont let the virus in your door you will not get sick
you do not want to be seeking any healthcare during this tidal wave
for some of you sadly it will be denied
eg i am on the borderline
if they ask me do you have any health issues
just high blood pressure but i run marathons

none of us
well maybe i do now if this is the covid 19 infection i have
have any immunity to this disease
we are like the american indians who got infected with small pox and flu and measles when the european settlers arrived

1/3 of us will get the infection with this first wave
80% of us will recover ok
20% of us will get worse
1% of us wont recover

after this wave the next wave shouldnt be worse but still will be a big one
we have to withstand these waves
on the other side those infected will probably be immune mostly
there may be a immunization available this time next year
there may be medicines that worked against some of these other outbreaks that helped and might work against the covid 19
probably not the plaquenil or hydroxychloroquine
 these meds that helped other outbreaks will probably be used if it helps on the folks at risk if they get sick and those 20% folks

we will probably be able to test folks to see if they are immune

i know i plan to get tested to see if i developed immunity

if where you live hasnt been hit yet it will be
be ready now
hunker down
in my mind i pretend that a hurricane hit here and we all have to stay inside for a few weeks

be safe

the organicgreen doctor

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