🧫 Mucormycosis: A symptom of everything that’s ailing our Healthcare System 🏨

💊 Rampant use of high doses of steroids is leading to uncontrolled blood sugar levels in many patients, suppressing their immune system, and encouraging this fungus called mucor to grow unchecked!

🤔 But is steroid overuse really the root cause?

🙈 Why should there be rampant use of high doses of steroids, with no monitoring of blood sugar levels?

🥵 Some of it may be attributable to the panicked patients and overworked doctors. However, there are deeper underlying causes why patients and doctors have been so deeply affected by this malady.

I see three causes:

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COVID Diaries


I often ask my patients to record their measurements at home in a diary, and bring them to the next appointment. I find that this improves the self-efficacy of the patients and their family members in taking care of their illnesses, and helps us doctors take better care of them! At the same time it’s an ideal, and reality loves to wash away our best laid plans..

Some patients do check their parameters, some don’t. Some of those patients who do go to the trouble of measuring them regularly, may not record them! And those who diligently record them may forget to bring those readings when they come for a follow-up consultation! And some of those who keep meticulous records, stop after a few months.

I often tell my patients, “Your proper treatment will only start when you start maintaining a record, till then we’re just playing with your illness!” And truly, the home record is vital in adequately managing Hypertension and Diabetes Mellitus, and I’ve found it useful in other illnesses too, like Typhoid fever, and Food allergies.

I keep wondering how to inspire patients and family members to keep better records. I think I got some answers last year..

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