The rise of the personal trainer. A recent study showed real benefits from exercising in small social groups with a dedicated trainer. These exercisers had lower stress, increased physical and emotional wellbeing. PT Marisa gives readers a great offer…
Dr. Alex got his antibody test result this week. To our surprise it was negative. This is after seeing infected patients every day since lockdown, walking around a hospital without adequate PPE, and having symptoms. How can this be? Read more…
While there is a lot we can do to support our immunity with good food, adequate exercise and sufficient sleep, supplements known to have a positive effect on our immune system also have a role to play, particularly if the immune system is already compromised…..
The Five Ways to Wellbeing. With #mentalhealthawarenessweek fresh in our minds, here’s some reflections and tips for wellbeing from a dad parenting his two kids in lockdown.
Charlotte Pulver is a natural healthcare expert and founder of the Frontline Immune Support for NHS staff, like my husband Alex, and the blog’s GP Dr. Luke. Here she gives 7 important tips for boosting your immune system during a pandemic and beyond.
Alex is an Infectious Disease Doctor and Researcher from Oxford. This is the fifth instalment of his honest and insightful work/life diary. We may be easing out of lockdown, but it’s certainly not over yet!
We are ALL adjusting to a “new normal” which is stressful and tiring. This is magnified when we are not only doing this for ourselves, but also caring for others. But what happens we have a child that already finds their normal difficult to manage? Dr. Lydia Stone offers valuable insight…
Reflections from a GP working through lockdown. Change is likely to be long term. We will never go back to how things were. Where have all the sick patients gone? Dr Luke offers his perspective.
Yesterday the BBC reported the sad news that more than 20,000 people have now died with coronavirus in UK hospitals. Here Sophie writes a poignant piece on processing grief in a pandemic.
As many of you will know, my husband Alex is an Infectious Disease Doctor and Researcher in Oxford UK. This diary gives insight into his daily life on the frontline and how we, his family, are coping.
Many of you may not know, but some amazing people have formed a team to support people like my husband fighting coronavirus the Frontline. Specialised supplements are being given free of charge to our key workers. Please help them by reading and sharing this post….
This pandemic has turned our lives upside down and although we hope to return to some version of normality later in the year, it is quite possible, even probably, that nothing will ever be the same again. Whilst this thought may horrify many. If we take a step back and really look at our existence right now, there will by some surprising ways lockdown has changed our lives…for the better…
My husband Dr Alex Mentzer is an Infectious Disease physician and researcher in Oxford, UK. This is the third instalment of his diary of a doctor on the front line..
When my husband announced that Easter was cancelled this year it made me even more determined to make it the best yet! Here’s a round up of the best ideas from the community. Get creative and please add yours.
If you’ve been reading the blog, then you’ll know that Alex is an Infectious Disease Doctor and researcher in Oxford, UK. More about him here. This is the second instalment of his online diary. Friday evening – Oh no – feeling unwell Alex comes home on Friday night feeling achy and chilled. Our son throwsContinue reading “Diary of a Doctor on the Front Line – Chapter 2”
Alex is an Infectious Disease Registrar at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. He’s also a Scientific Group Leader at the Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics where he specialises in looking at genetic susceptibility to certain diseases. As you already know, his focus right now is coronavirus. I’ve been recording his day-to-day events, thoughts and feelings for the past few weeks. The aim is to give insight into the wonderful work happening here in Oxford, not only by Alex, but by the amazing people at the hospital and university.
With pubs, bars, clubs and restaurants closed due to the new UK lock-down restrictions, we’re immobilised from any kind of in-person socialisation. Following this our supermarkets are selling out of alcohol as we commiserate our prisoner status. At this point the leftover Christmas port starts to seem attractive. I’m sure if I look hard enoughContinue reading “What’s Your Quarentini?”
Our son was in a bad mood this morning. He stomped around and wrecked the front room throwing everything around until it was a complete tip. We sent him into the garden to get some fresh air, but he started digging up the plants and switching on the hose. I was getting mad, telling himContinue reading “Coping with Isolation Meltdown”
We’re all going to be giving ourselves a little guilt trip over the amount of TV our children may watch over the coming weeks. Especially if you’re trying to get some work done. So, I just want to give you all a break and summarise some of the positive research on telly watching.
I cried in the middle of Tesco’s today. I’d just popped in for some essential items with my ‘only just’ four-year-old in tow. It happened to be approaching vulnerable people shopping hour, which is 9-10am on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. I’d completely forgotten until I was halfway round the shop. I’d been in my ownContinue reading “How to Explain Coronavirus to a Pre-schooler”
Babies are still being born in this uncertain time. I remember those first stressful weeks after my daughter was born nearly ten years ago now. I remember how I relied on my mum, who stayed for the first 5 days to help. How my friends dropped round to meet baby, bring comfort food and offerContinue reading “Support For New Mums”
A round of applause will take place on Thursday 26th March at 8pm to support doctors, nurses and other NHS staff in their hard work during the coronavirus pandemic. You can find the latest Coronavirus (Covid-19) advice from the NHS here. Members of the public who can are being encouraged to clap from their homes,Continue reading “Clap for Our Carers”
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