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23 days ago 6 comments Categories: Health Tags:
Today - weather and other contingencies permitting - Flo and I will be getting our second dose of the Covid vaccine. It is slowly becoming clear to me that this will likely not be the last time we take a Covid vaccine. Just as the Covid vaccine may become a reality for years to come, I contemplate the other things that have become part of our new normal that will remain with us in the years to come. With all possibilities, I keep coming back to one.....Will we be dining outdo...
170 days ago 8 comments Categories: Health Tags:
We watch on television as the fires rage on the West Coast. We are safe in front of our screens and observe what is happening so far away. The other day, I was on the phone with an attorney in California and I asked him how he was doing. He described the surreal fire-polluted air and not being able to leave his home. As he spoke, the radio in my home in the background reported that the haze in New York’s air was from the West Coast fires. Step away from your screen. We are al...
226 days ago 8 comments Categories: Health Tags:
“What protocols are you following?” It’s an appropriate question - especially now. When making an appointment or reservation, ask the question. Where appropriate, most establishments have precautions in place, but I’ve seen that nothing should be taken for granted. I am shocked to learn that some establishments where one might reasonably expect to see a sign “Masks Required” as well as other protections like encouraging social distancing, are not doing so. There should be no ...
261 days ago 9 comments Categories: Health Tags:
In the midst of everything that is going on, we strive for a few moments of calm. Over the years, I’ve tried to adopt various forms of relaxation - unfortunately most efforts have not been successful.Recently, we came across the app “Calm” and have been using it every morning.Five minutes of guided meditation.Recognizing the need for calm was the first, and perhaps, biggest, step. Commitment is next. Happily, in the midst of all this chaos, it seems to be working.How do you f...
282 days ago 4 comments Categories: Health Tags:
I had my first Covid dream a few days ago. It was about reopening and returning to the office.... back to normal.There was an awareness of measures in place to safely return.At my office desk, I settled in and reacquainted myself with the security of surroundings that I was so accustomed to. A good feeling.But then I was struck by the absence of masks and a rather cavalier attitude of those around me. As I woke, I heard myself saying  “I hope we don’t all get sick ... again.”...
310 days ago 9 comments Categories: Health Tags:
About a week ago, my friend, Gil, sent me the picture shown on this blog. Twenty people wearing masks over looking Jerusalem. Prophetic ? Not exactly…. We were on a trip to Israel with about twenty people. Two weeks of touring on a bus and meeting people. We didn’t know — until about the end of the first week, that we were an incubator for the Flu virus. Someone on the trip had the virus and, during the course of two weeks, the virus had us - almost every one of us (althou...
352 days ago 7 comments Categories: Health Tags:
After taking care of a few technical glitches—people dialing in on the wrong number and eliminating static from a bad connection — we settled in to our first Gotham Covid 19 conference call on Tuesday at 5 pm. (In the interest of not leaving anyone out or getting names wrong, I will not mention names.) It was informative group therapy.... We shared our different experiences, from groceries to working, from doom and gloom to the hope of new opportunities for creativity, an...
359 days ago 2 comments Categories: Health Tags:
I commented on Nancy’s blog on Tuesday about handshakes (and other forms of greeting) by recounting a recent meeting where the attendees waved to each other. Since then I have had a recurring image of the late poet and songwriter Leonard Cohen and his gesture of greeting and acknowledgement: palms together and a slight bow…. a simple, yet very meaningful, gesture. We are all in the current health crisis together. Be mindful that, as we seek to protect ourselves individu...
366 days ago 8 comments Categories: Health Tags:
Last Sunday, we took a flight back to New York from the happy island of Aruba (that’s the subject of another blog). I had given some thought to the usual concerns associated with flying and getting sick. Flo had a very adequate supply of antibacterial wipes - which were put to good use. I thought I had it under control yet was surprised by my reaction to the face masks on the plane. But it was more than I had expected to see and quite unsettling. I had read several op...
758 days ago 6 comments Categories: Health Tags:

I must have seen the commercial a dozen times. Recently, it has taken on new meaning.
In addition to discovering ancestry, the tests offer meaningful insight into genetic tendencies for illnesses.
My apprehension about genetic testing is under internal review. Is it the next generation of diagnostics?
But questions remain....and.... Do I want to know?

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