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)
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.