May 6, 2022

Depression is real

August 28, 2018 It was 4 p.m. on a Friday af­ternoon, and “Ruth” was my last patient of the day. She was one of my regular el­derly patients and I was hop­ing for a short visit. I noticed that she failed to greet me at the door as she always did. I started discussing her blood pressure readings but she seemed unusually reserved during our conversation. At one point, she mumbled, “You may not see me again.” At first, I failed to process this comment, but her demeanor made me concerned enough to explore her mood. I went through a questionnaire with her that revealed she was suffer­ing from severe depression. She even admitted to having suicidal thoughts. “Nobody would miss me or think about me, Dr. Daiza,” Ruth said. “Sometimes I think about hanging myself in the basement.” I froze. I immediately urged her to get help. I mentioned mental health professionals, medications, and even inpatient psychiatric treatment. She refused everything and appeared frightened. “Don’t tell anyone! Don’t send me away!” she sobbed. I started to counsel her and asked if she would agree to meet with me every few days. I had built a trust with her that […]
May 6, 2022

The Vaccine Debate

April 30, 2021 By Dr. Rena Daiza The past year represented the most challenging times in my career as a physician. Every member of the healthcare community would echo this sentiment. We all, like the rest of our society, long for a return to “normal,” like the times when we could do our jobs and take care of the sick without risking our own health. Our close-knit Chaldean community has also suffered greatly with the losses of so many to this pandemic. We all wish to gather with our friends and family for holidays and weddings again. The light at the end of this dark tunnel is mass vaccination. It is our only safe path. But now the medical community has another battle to fight – vaccine hesitancy within our own community. In an era of rampant social media and hyper-politicized environment, sometimes it can be difficult to separate myths and lies from facts about the vaccine. Much of the hesitancy is reasonable yet with a bit of education, people can learn that getting immunized is the right thing to do to prevent further devastation and loss. In Michigan, vaccines are now available to anyone over the age of 16 […]