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    Wear your Face Mask

    by Ngozi Osuagwu, MD | April 6th, 2020

    Wear your Face Mask

    The CDC is now recommending that we wear a face covering to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Recent evidence shows that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity – for example speaking, coughing or sneezing- even if those people are not showing symptoms. This should not stop us from trying to maintain social distancing. The CDC has provided guidelines on how to make your own face covering. Please click here for more information.

    At my work, as health care providers we have started to wear face mask all the time because of the new evidence. Due to concerns of not having enough, the hospital has asked those who wear makeup to stop wearing makeup. By doing this, the hospital will be able to decontaminate the medical mask to be reused. I have to admit this was a little difficult for me because I am used to wearing foundation. I was not alone. As I listened to other women talk about the difficulty of not wearing makeup, I thought about a poem that I wrote which is in my book that will be released in the future.

    WHAT IS WRONG WITH BEING NATURAL?

    What is wrong with being natural?

    What is wrong with being me?

    I need him to see me as I am, not what I was.

    I do not want to go through the changes to be the person I am not.

    So I took off the weave.

    I stopped wearing a bra.

    I allowed the hair between my legs to grow and grow.

    I did not buy the mascara and I did not apply the eyeliner.

    I took off the lashes.

    If he loved me, he would have to love who I really was.

    I stopped coloring my hair

    The fake nails were gone.

    Yes, he would see me for what I am, not what I was.

    I needed to go natural

    I needed to be me.

    I needed to tell the world that I was beautiful as I am and not as I was.

    Remember the best way to stop the spread of this disease is to stay home. If you have no choice and you need to leave the house and there is a chance you will be interacting with people, wear a facial covering.

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    The book discusses common gynecological and women’s health issues in a series of witty and entertaining letters. These letters, all educational, offer suggestions on what approaches to take in tackling the medical problems that typically bring women to an ob/gynecologist. The letters are spiced with art, a poem and quotes. Although its emphasis is on gynecology and women’s health, it touches on some other medical issues that make women visit their doctors.

    The second half of the book briefly discusses the most common gynecological conditions and also provides an overview of sexually transmitted infections. A list of annotated websites dealing with the different topics in the book is provided for the reader who wants to pursue each subject in depth.




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