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i am a family physician who was diagnosed with
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this is a precursor to alzheimers disease
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Thursday, July 27, 2023

kennel cough


thats my wife she on the shore above the pacific ocean near the elwood preserve where the monarchs come in the winter
she is all masked up since this was taken at the beginning of the pandemic in 2020
we used the outside parks and beaches and gardens to stay away from folks
we stayed masked anytime we went outside
later we unmasked outside as we knew more about the virus and how it spread

an aside
that little dot above her head is a oil platform that is shut down
its there forever however
one of these platforms in this area caused the massive oil leak that devastated this area  for years
it is the event that lead to earth day and the green movement

what is kennel cough
it is what dogs and cats get when put in a kennel then after you pick them up after your vacation they start coughing and coughing
it lasts for days
its caused usually by a virus

when i was in practice i use to see folks who would go on business trips to china and other countries
they would spend hours on the airplane
commonly beside fatigue and jet lack they would come back with this cough
i would tell them
you got kennel cough
you know
like your dog gets in the kennel when you go on vacation
you were like your dog and were locked up in an airplane for hours
you probably picked up a virus from the airplane and trip that caused you to have a bronchitis making you cough for days if not weeks

at that time there was no really good way to treat this or to prevent it
since covid and the heavy use of good n95 masks i expect the incidence of kennel cough has gone down

we my wife she and i recently took our first trip on a plane since the pandemic
we both wore our masks in the airport and the airplane
not so much to prevent us from getting covid
so we wouldnt get kennel cough

when asked why we were wearing masks we said
so we wont get kennel cough
say what they said
you know like your dog gets

those two crazy old folks they thought im sure

we popped our masks on as we entered the airport and popped them off as we exited the baggage claim

im sorry but all those germs circulating in that airplane for several hours
i want as many of them blocked by my mask to keep down the viral load
a few of them are bacteria that can be treated with antibiotics like legionella mycoplasma pneumococcal but the rest are viruses that have no treatment
well except for covid where you can take paxlovid

we should know in the next week if this worked
if we dont get kennel cough

the organicgreen doctor

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