The Counting Talk Test

Time to give you guys another tool. This one is especially important for patients with COVID-19, and it’s not terribly often that we get an objective measure for exertion. I’ve found the counting talk test to be critical in quantifying exertion in my patients with respiratory diagnoses. This measure is phenomenal for taking breathlessness inContinue reading “The Counting Talk Test”

The Beta Blockade

Ugh, medications… I know, I know. I will try to make this as painless as possible. This one matters. It REALLY matters. For patients who have COVID-19 and for patients who don’t. Please take a quick read. Let’s start off by asking some questions. What does a β-blocker do? Blocks norepinephrine and epinephrine from bindingContinue reading “The Beta Blockade”

Renal Failure???

Yes, that’s right. Renal Failure. You may be asking yourself, “Why are we talking about renal failure?” You may also be asking yourself, “Has Doctor B lost her marbles? COVID-19 is a pulmonary disease!” You may also be thinking, “I just learned all this stuff about the lungs and now I have to learn aboutContinue reading “Renal Failure???”