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“Reflections from my personal COVID-19 diagnosis” by ACH Faculty, Marla Rowe Gorosh, MD

Monday, April 6, 2020

Living through the past week knowing I have COVID19 has compelled me to... 

  • Buy a pulse oximeter. 
  • Look into a scary abyss of not knowing what the next week would bring to me and my husband. 
  • Reassure my sister and children every day that I wasn’t in trouble w my breathing.  
  • Take melatonin as adjuvant therapy to mitigate the deadly cytokine storm activity while I slept every night.*
  • Drink Gypsy Cold Medicine tea. 
  • Miss the smell of coffee, cinnamon and disinfectant cleaner. 
  • Wonder when I would sense hunger. 
  • Wake up then lie down again into a deep sleep. 
  • Sense chills take over my limbs, then shaking and teeth chattering rigors exactly 5 hours after my last Tylenol. 
  • Seek poetry. 
  • Start reading Walden by Henry David Thoreau. 
  • Keep my social distance knowing I’m the source of danger. 

Marla Rowe Gorosh, MD
Family Medicine Henry Ford Medical Group (HFMG)
Detroit, Michigan
ACH Faculty 

Dr Marla Rowe Gorosh, a family practitioner at HFMG is also an educator of medical students, residents and senior faculty and healthcare system leaders across all specialties. Her communication teaching includes teams, end-of-life care, disclosing errors, delivering bad news, and negotiating difference and conflict using culturally sensitive relationship-centered skills.  

Footnote: *Covid-19:Melatonin as a potential adjuvant treatment Rui Zhang Life Sciences in-line 23 March 2020. 

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