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Sick again! The hazards of being a doc in Hong Kong

I try my best not to get sick. I wash my hands between and after all patients. I wear a mask when I see sick patients (parents and kids who've come in for the past few weeks have all been sick!). I try to stay as far away as possible from those who are hacking their lungs out on the MTR or on the streets. I even turn my head away if I know the person sitting next to me is sick.

Yet I am sick again.  This time, a strain of rhinovirus has given me cold and cough symptoms. Though this is mild compared to the Fifth Disease (Parvovirus B19 infection) that I caught in August, I'm still upset that I'm getting sick this often.  Back in Toronto, I used to get sick merely once or twice a year. This year, I've already caught at least 3 infections. I guess the high density population and hot/ humid weather in Hong Kong don't help... ARRRGHHHHH....  

 

about 10 years ago 0 likes  12 comments  0 shares
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At least, you don't got the shingles... My mom just got it last week.
about 10 years ago
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i got a bit of a hacking cough the last week or two, but finally its gone away... i need to exercise more!
about 10 years ago
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eh im sick too. i know how u feel.. i was healthy and then all of a sudden after getting off the airport.. im sick.. down with the flu.. and now some nasty cough.
about 10 years ago
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I asked a doctor about this before i.e., how to avoid it. He told me to ignore people who are sick as in have a mental state that I would not be sick because of them. It works wonders. Another way is to clear your colon of starch, processed food, sugar and rely on fresh fruits and vegetables. Cut down on meat as it hampers the power of the immune system.
about 10 years ago
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Hope u feel better soon! I think being in HK with close proximity to so many ppl does that to you. I'm just getting over a cold too.
about 10 years ago
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Get well soon gal! God bless
about 10 years ago
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that's hong kong for you. i'm taking a break right now in seattle. much better ....
about 10 years ago
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aiya.. hope u feel better... more vitamins?
about 10 years ago
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Take care my dear....Drink more water & avoid air-con & crowded places...this is big city
about 10 years ago
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:( Get well soon. Occupational hazard. Your colleagues get sick often?
about 10 years ago
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Thanks! I guess I should consider myself fortunate- one of my colleagues caught swine flu last year! =0
about 10 years ago
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Fifth's disease is nasty. only 50-60% of adults who've had it are immune. Hong Kong -an artificially made place that shows us man vs. Nature, our lifeforce really suffers. Seeing the spikes in HFMD (Hand Foot Mouth Disease), resurgence in chicken pox being shingles, H1N1 ... it has become a viral swarm. Another key issue is fungal -and it isn't only the fungus itself. Fungi when triggered will produce mycotoxins (fungal poisons) that are so small they are not blocked by N95 masks. Keep up the good works -we need good docs on the front lines! Namaste!
about 10 years ago

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Je suis médecin. Absolutely love my profession (and seeing the occasional celebrity at work). Also love to blog, write for different magazines, play with my dog

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