Frum nurse radio starts TONIGHT! 🎧 Tune in as we launch our pilot show. Image
Although our first few topics will be COVID and vaccine related because these are hot topics, stay tuned because nothing is off the table.

From metzitzah b’peh to end of life care to pediatric health - you will hear from expert frum nurses
(and maaaaybe we’ll allow some physicians) on ways to keep our community healthy and improve wellness.

And as always, we will stay rooted in our mission of remaining science-based and sensitive to frum lifestyle.
All episodes will be recorded and available on a hotline for those without internet access.

They will also be uploaded to a podcast!

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7 Feb
How it started... how it’s going.

Let’s talk vaccine side effects! ImageImage
Dose #2 of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine was yesterday. I timed it so that I would be home from work, with a weekend in front of me.

I had a feeling I wouldn’t feel well - I had a day of body aches after dose 1, and more telling, the data shows that this is a reactogenic vaccine.
Reactogenic: stimulates a strong immune response, including body aches, fever, malaise.

The flu and shingles vaccines can produce similar responses but the COVID vaccine seems to more reactogenic than those.
Read 7 tweets
4 Feb
So, who is the @EMES_Initiative?

We are a nurse-led organization that grew out of the measles outbreak in 2017-2019.

We realized that frum people need access to scientific information, and access to people with the time to do this.

So, we held health fairs, first in Monsey: ImageImageImage
Then, we held a health fair in Williamsburg: ImageImageImage
We also held provider meetings to help them help their patients: ImageImageImage
Read 5 tweets
31 Jan
Well this is inaccurate.

A. Did Dr. Fauci say that vaccination rates for measles were low in the Jewish community in Rockland, or in the Jewish schools there? Because measles vaccination is given before children are school age.
So, if vaccination by age 4 was found to be in the 95% range (it’s not, more later), that does not mean that community wide vaccination with measles was at a sufficient level.

So, Fauci didn’t lie.
B. Although reported measles cases peaked at 1,200 in New York, thousands more went unreported in both Williamsburg and Rockland County. Children don’t get the measles if they’re vaccinated.

So, Fauci didn’t lie.
Read 8 tweets
9 Dec 20
There’s a first time for everything, and today a sweet patient of mine showed up to her appointment, dead.

The secretary clinic called me, stating a cab driver had appeared at the door, asking for help getting the patient out of his yellow cab.

I stepped into the flurry.
The driver had taken out her walker, which was waiting patiently near the car. I peered into the backseat.

She was slumped over, jaw slack. She had no pulse and her eyes were fixed and staring.

I yelled for the driver to call 911 and began 1-handed CPR, cradling her head.
A nurse came out with my stethoscope and I listened to her: silence.

Her physician came out and continued compressions, leaning over my shoulder in the yellow cab backseat while I held her in my arms.

She was a large woman and we couldn’t move her alone.
Read 6 tweets
9 Dec 20
I will start sharing resources on the COVID vaccine, as I come across them. Every resource is one that I have vetted.

It is incumbent upon everyone to do their due diligence: read, watch, learn. Do what you must to feel comfortable getting the COVID vaccine to end this
pandemic and the loss of human lives.

It’s not acceptable, during this time particularly, to read a snippet or screenshot or meme or unverified information and make a decision based off that. It is even less acceptable to share misinformation. It will kill.
Here’s your first resource: a 28-minute video on the Pfizer vaccine data.

Read 12 tweets
12 Oct 20
My client died on Friday night. As an end-of-life provider in my community, I help Orthodox Jewish people die without suffering, and according to Jewish law.

When the family begged me for a timeline weeks ago, I predicted (with the caveat that only God knows) that he’d live
until just after Sukkos. But he progressed rapidly at the end of the week and I wasn’t surprised to receive a call on Friday night. His son called, afraid, that his father didn’t look well at all.

“His oxygen is 72% and he’s on 5 liters,” he said. “And he’s breathing quickly.”
I told him to turn on a timer and count his breaths for 1 minute.

I listened, noting that he counted a breath per second, over 3 times the normal breathing rate.

“Let’s give him morphine,” I suggested gently.

Step by step, the young man did so.

“He will die tonight,” I said
Read 7 tweets

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