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Live. Life. Well.

Wellness is the perfect marriage between lifestyle and health. When you make positive choices to improve your physical and mental well-being, good health is naturally achieved and maintained. My goal is to help you form these daily habits, so you can live a balanced, healthy life.

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HI! I'M NURSE ALICE.

Alice Benjamin is a board-certified Clinical Nurse Specialist and Family Nurse Practitioner with over 23 years nursing experience specializing in cardiovascular and critical care. She has served as an expert clinical practitioner responsible for providing direct patient care, leadership, consultation, education and patient care management expertise for complex cardiac patients including myocardial infarction, interventional cardiac catheterization, advanced congestive heart failure, CVICU patients, ICD/pacemakers, and post heart transplants at places like Cedars Sinai Medical Center and Sharp Memorial Hospital.  She also has extensive experience in burn, trauma, and emergency medicine having worked at Level 1 Trauma Centers including Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego and UC San Diego Regional Burn Center.

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“OWNING OUR STORY AND LOVING OURSELVES THROUGH THAT PROCESS IS THE BRAVEST THING THAT WE’LL EVER DO.”

– Brené Brown

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently
Asked Questions

  • Expect to come to the site wearing a face mask and social distancing. Please do not come if you are having cough, cold or flu like symptoms. We want to decrease the chances of any potential transmission. 
  • You will complete a health questionnaire and speak with a healthcare worker about your responses prior to the vaccine.
  • The vaccine will likely be given in either your right or left deltoid muscle. Many people select the non-dominant arm to receive their vaccine in case of arm tenderness. 
  • After the vaccine you will be monitored for at least 15 minutes. It may be as long as 30 minutes if you have certain medical conditions e.g. allergies to food or other medication
  • You should receive information about the vaccine and side effects.
  • You will be provided a COVID-19 Vaccination Record with your name, date of vaccination, lot number for the vaccine, and it signed by the provider or clinic site that administered it.
  • The health provider or clinic should also encourage you to register for V-safe
  • V-safe is a smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive a COVID-19 vaccination. Through v-safe, you can quickly tell CDC if you have any side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Depending on your answers, someone from CDC may call to check on you and get more information. And v-safe will remind you to get your second COVID-19 vaccine dose if you need one.

This is how you register for V-safe after you have you received your COVID-19 vaccine.

On Dec 15th the FDA approved it’s first over-the-counter (OTC) fully at-home diagnostic test for COVID-19 for emergency use. The Ellume COVID-19 Home Test is a rapid, lateral flow antigen test, a type of test that runs a liquid sample along a surface with reactive molecules. The test detects fragments of proteins of the SARS-CoV-2 virus from a nasal swab sample from any individual 2 years of age or older. 

  • In the Pzifer and Moderna vaccine trials about 10-15% of participants reported experiencing side effects, and more likely after the 2nd dose. Some of the most common side effects included pain at the injection site, headache, fatigue, muscle pain, joint pain, chills and sometimes fever. Severe side effects were rare with. Most side effects were short lived, resolving in about a day or 2 after the vaccine.
  • These side effects overlap with some of the signs of COVID-19.  The way to distinguish between the two is to understand the side effects of the vaccine are short lived and should resolves in about a day or two. If symptoms persist beyond that check your healthcare provider. But also look for COVID-19 symptoms that aren’t vaccine side effects such as cough, runny nose, new loss of smell or taste, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, sore throat, nausea/vomiting or diarrhea.

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