The other day I sent you an email about my progress with fighting the Omicron virus.
And, of course, I always have to get some smart ass with their comments that would be better kept to themselves.
Here's what he had to say based on my email comment about how I believe 95% of you guys and gals WILL get Covid at some point...
"Hello, Dr (would be) Monica, in regard to your last email as the saying goes, the patient knows his/her illness (his/her body) better than any doctor, for the most part. However, when it comes to prediction, 95% of us will get the virus! I don't think so. I have been driving every day during the pandemic, I'm a pro Limo driver, and I have not gotten a single symptom whatsoever... without a single test and no vaccine. Talking about someone trusting his immune system!!!"
So...I didn't appreciate the reference to "Dr. Monica." I personally thought that was a tad juvenile. I'm not sure if he was being snarky, an ass****, or that's just how he talks to people. Who knows?!
But anyway, to be clear, no...I'm not a doctor nor do I pretend to be. I do know about basic health, the immune system, and the coronavirus which...[GASP] has been around for many years before this pandemic. Any half-a-brain doctor or nurse...even a medical student...will tell you that the coronavirus has been around for at least a dozen years. Some state that the Spanish flu is a variant of a coronavirus which was more than 100 years ago...and, coincidentally, never went away which is why we still have seasonal flus to this day.
So, to clarify my comment, yes...most of you will have some variation of Covid, if you haven't already. And just because you weren't lying in bed fighting for your life or haven't gotten the case of the sniffles over it doesn't mean it hasn't hit you. Some people's immune systems are better than others. Some people exhibit symptoms. Others do not.
Unless you permanently live in a plastic bubble with NASA state-of-the-art air purifying systems, you have already been exposed to some variant of the coronavirus many years BEFORE "Covid-19" was a thing. And if you think you're going to exist in a world where you're never going to get it, you're living in a fantasyland. It's like saying you're never ever going to get another flu, cold, or any other illness. If you plan on dying, say, TODAY then maybe I'd believe you if you said you weren't ever going to get sick again. However, if you plan on sticking around for more years and decades to come like I do, getting a cold/flu here and there is just a reality. And just about every cold/flu from this point forward WILL have reminisces of our modern-day coronavirus mixed in. That's just the truth.
Instead of fearing it, how about taking care of yourself? How about boosting up your immune system, eating healthier, and stop being so damned afraid of it? How about making this less about the fear-mongering from the news and social media...and more about what this really is? A virus that we have to overcome one way or the other?!
And to the snarky student who wrote me the email (and everybody else who is thinking the same thing), I never said I was pro- or anti-vaxx. I don't care what you do or don't do with your own body. I chose to get vaccinated because I had an obligation to complete my PBS show last month and getting vaccinated was a requirement. To serve my students in the way of doing the show was important enough to me to get the vaccine. I'm not telling you what to do with your body. But I do have the right to do what I want with my own body without dealing with backlash. I think the student who wrote the email has some English literacy issues because he clearly misunderstood what I was talking about in my own email when speaking about my experiences with fighting Omicron.
So, to all of you who haven't gotten sick yet, GOOD FOR YOU. Seriously, I'm happy for you! But for anyone who thinks they'll never get another cold/flu again...well, I hope it all works out for you. I really do.
And I still can't get over the comment this student made about how "he patient knows his/her illness (his/her body) better than any doctor..." Huh? Okay. Maybe in some ways and in some circumstances if the person is really "tuned in" to their body. But, unfortunately, most people who are riddled with disease aren't that tuned in at all, which is why they're full of sickness and disease in the first place. Had they tuned in that well, they would have listened to what their body needed, laid off the Doritos and burgers, got out to exercise, and wouldn't be sick in the first place. But...that's a whole other ball of wax I'd rather not get into.
All this typing is making me tired.
I'm going to take a nap. Even though with each passing day I'm getting better, I think I'm still only at around 50% energy capacity so I have to take it easy on myself.
See you at the top!