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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
this blog will be about my journey with this disease
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Thursday, January 18, 2024

what is it



i know a lot of folks with a cough or nasal congestion 
i see a lot of folks online with these symptoms

is it
is it
is it 

if you older like i am or are immunocompromised or have a chronic disease that puts you at risk
knowing what you have may be important

here are some symptoms i found in this article that are common to all three of these

fever chills
runny nose
body aches
sore throat
nausea with covid and flu
diarrhea with covid and flu

a common cold can have similar symptoms also but not the gi stuff

you can prevent all three of these by getting your
flu shot
covid shot
rsv shot

now the shot may not totally prevent you from getting ill with these
they can prevent you from getting bad sick especially if you are high risk

if you get tested early enough you can get treatment 
tamiflu for flu
paxlovid for covid
if you wait too late to start the drugs they dont work
probably around 3 days

the biggest risk if you are high risk is pneumonia
the ultimate risk is death

also at risk are pregnant females and young children
kids with asthma are at risk also
pregnant females can get the rsv shot at around 34 weeks to protect themselves and their newborn infants
high risk babies can get a rsv antibody shot
pregnant females should have covid and flu shots also
pregnant females have a drop off in their immune system that makes them vulnerable to these infections

it can be hard sometimes as a doctor to tell the difference between these three infections since there is overlap of symptoms

you can
test yourself at home with a covid test
get a flu test at your providers office
start treatment asap if either of these are positive to slow down the symptoms

get your flu or covid or rsv shots if you havent had them yet
the traveling yall all did recently and now being trapped inside with all this bad weather will spread the germs around to everyone

one problem is the vaxxination rate for all three of these is lower than normal 

its the vulnerable we are worried about

we worry about giving these to our grandkids but what my wife she and i have found is we should be worried about giving it to our grandparents who are probably more vulnerable to these infections

get your vaxxines
get tested
get treatment if positive
seek medical care if your symptoms get worse
dont spread it to others 

the organicgreen doctor

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