COVID-19 Vaccine Confessions

A Weekly Ritual I grew up Catholic so confession was part of our weekly regimen.  As I got older my confessions were no longer to a priest but to my diary.  I have not written in a diary for years, but I have been chronicling this COVID-19 pandemic since we were locked down in March.  Continue reading “COVID-19 Vaccine Confessions”

COVID-19 Vaccine, Not a Modern Day Tuskegee Experiment

Vaccine Hope or Suspicion As the COVID-19 pandemic approaches 350,000 deaths in the United States, the arrival of a COVID-19 vaccine the week before Christmas instilled hope in many, suspicion in others. Scientists and some of the general public are excited about this vaccine squelching the COVID-19 pandemic.  However, the African American community is skeptical.Continue reading “COVID-19 Vaccine, Not a Modern Day Tuskegee Experiment”

America, WE the People, Need to Exercise our Right to Vote!

Charged up for the VOTE Fall is in the air and I was sitting here sipping some apple cinnamon tea. The warmth and the spice got me fired up and thinking about the upcoming election.  This election really matters. Voting is essential.  We need to do more than sit around drinking tea, wine, or anythingContinue reading “America, WE the People, Need to Exercise our Right to Vote!”

What’s Obesity got to do With COVID-19 in America? Part 2: Examining the Connection

CDC Reports Increased Risk With Higher BMI’s What’s obesity got to do with COVID-19?   Actually, a lot and that is why I want to examine this important issue more.  See part 1 for background information on obesity. As this virus has continued to wreak havoc it is becoming increasingly clear that obesity puts people atContinue reading “What’s Obesity got to do With COVID-19 in America? Part 2: Examining the Connection”

What’s Obesity got to do With COVID-19 in America? Part I

Obesity and COVID-19 Recently I have read quite a few articles about the association of obesity and COVID-19. A high percentage of children who get very sick from COVID-19 are obese.  The CDC now lists obesity as one of the risk factors for COVID-19. Obesity has emerged as a major risk factor for bad outcomesContinue reading “What’s Obesity got to do With COVID-19 in America? Part I”

COVID-19 School Dayz. TEN Issues to Consider When Deciding Whether Your Kids Should Return to School

Is it Time for our Children to go Back to the Classroom? I was speaking at a COVID-19 webinar when someone asked the million dollar question.  Is it time for our children to go back to school?  I did not have a definitive answer. While I had started reading some of the information on thisContinue reading “COVID-19 School Dayz. TEN Issues to Consider When Deciding Whether Your Kids Should Return to School”

Debating Whether the COVID-19 Pandemic is an American Nightmare or a Fairy Tale Won’t Make it Disappear

COVID-19 Death Count Mounting As of 7.17.2020 there were 3,555,877 reported cases and 137,864 deaths from COVID-19. Despite all these cases and deaths, I still hear debates in the streets about every aspect of the pandemic that you can think of. Was it manufactured in a lab? Was it purposely released in Black communities?  AreContinue reading “Debating Whether the COVID-19 Pandemic is an American Nightmare or a Fairy Tale Won’t Make it Disappear”

Can’t Breathe! Don’t let COVID-19 and the Rest Take Your Breath Away

I CAN’T BREATHE!   As a doctor I have heard these three words from more Black patients over this last month than any other time in my career.  These folks are not responding to a knee on the neck or other choke hold. Rather they are referring to the breathlessness that comes from the stress, theContinue reading “Can’t Breathe! Don’t let COVID-19 and the Rest Take Your Breath Away”

Special Edition: Father’s Day 2020 Honoring all Fathers and Remembering Jason Hargrove, George Floyd, Bishop Gerald Glenn on this Day

This Ain’t no Ordinary Father’s Day Oh what a volatile year. Not even sure how we made it here—to Father’s Day. This is the day where the man in the family is revered.  We know that being a father is often not the easiest.  Parenting, let alone fatherhood doesn’t come with a manual.  It isContinue reading “Special Edition: Father’s Day 2020 Honoring all Fathers and Remembering Jason Hargrove, George Floyd, Bishop Gerald Glenn on this Day”

Dr. Fauci Says COVID-19, an American Nightmare Continues. Let’s Skip Dining in Restaurants this Summer

Dr. Fauci Suggests not Rushing to Dine-in at a Restaurant Dr. Fauci, a top infectious disease specialist, has been absent from the spotlight since he criticized the President’s handling of COVID-19 in April.  He was just calling it as he sees it.  The President’s distain is all the more reason to listen to this doctor. Continue reading “Dr. Fauci Says COVID-19, an American Nightmare Continues. Let’s Skip Dining in Restaurants this Summer”