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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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Monday, March 28, 2022

covid 19-we had a freedom week last week


during the start of the covid pandemic two years ago the annual chalk art festival in santa barbara was canceled at the santa barbara mission
we always walk up to the mission and see all the beautiful drawings the talented artist draw
two years ago it was canceled
one talented artist who lives near us painted this picture of the covid virus going down the rabbit hole on her driveway

its not down there yet
i think its getting real close

i realize that the covid virus will always be with us
popping up to grab those who arent immunized or whose immunity has dropped off

that is what we all need to be wary of and to always be ready for it

now for those of us who are immunized either via the shot and or natural immunity we probably wont get real sick if we catch it
over time though that immunity will probably wane and wane so we will be more susceptible
i expect an annual booster shot will be recommended

those at risk are the folks over 65
those immunosuppressed for whatever reason
those with health issues that make them more vulnerable like obesity heart disease lung disease cancer diabetes to name a few diseases

these folks should keep their shots and boosters up to date
like half of us do with the flu vaxxine now

we are getting real close to normalcy
i sure hope its lasts

in the last week we have loosened up 
wearing our masks only inside stores etc
we have had two in home get togethers with folks outside our immediate family 
ate at a busy restaurant with a large group
had our first large family get together in over 2 years
i attended a large outdoor gathering two weeks ago with lots of folks mingling about
ok i popped my mask on once when things got a little crowded

here our positivity rate is down to 2.2% which is low but needs to get lower and stay low
the case rate is 4.4% which is low but again needs to get lower and stay there
the hospitals in our county had only 19 people in the hospital with covid recently

i talked with a nurse who said that the covid units were all closed now

so we in our community are getting closer to where we need to be

now the fda will probably say it will be ok to get another booster if you are over 65
we plan to get ours when its approved is given

we like many who have kids or grandkids under 5 are still waiting for approval to give those kids their first dose
it will probably be a 3 shot series

i read where kids under 5 who get a covid infection that 25% dont develop immunity 

so we are cautiously watching the new deltacron variant to see what it does as it takes over here in the the united states
its more contagious than the omicron but appears to not cause worse disease

soon all those who want to be protected from covid with immunizations will get a chance to get immunized
that will slow down transmission of the virus some 

we do look forward to going back to full like we were prepandemic
we will just plan to do it slowly and cautiously 

we are happy we are reaching that point finally

do your part
get immunized
when the covid raises its head again be ready to be cautious again

i must say

the organicgreen doctor

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