Today is 4/24/20, Friday There is less than 1 more week in the month of April. I figured it was time to make a summary for today based on some of my numbers that I’ve collected daily regarding COVID 19 / Coronavirus
Looking at my numbers and forecasts. My yellow (current) line forecast for Stanislaus is taking over the blue (first 2 weeks) line. This is great news as we continue to smash down the virus’ infectivity. I had said before that my big wish is to see the yellow line go below the blue line. In summary blue line is the first trendline, pink one was the second (we got worse), and yellow is the current trendline. I’m just looking to see how the trends change with time.
Today the Stanislaus numbers show an additional 6 cases of COVID diagnosed over 305 total tests. This is a 2% positive rate for just today. But since the beginning of time, Stanislaus positive test rate is now 6% (yesterday was 7% – lower is better). 305 tests – that is the highest number of daily tests done. We now have a total of 264 COVID cases diagnosed by testing in Stanislaus.
Today, I had decided that I have had enough of this COVID craziness bringing us down, so I asked my Surgical Artistry team to come up with a list of things that make them happy.
Nikki’s LIST of what makes her happy:
Omg, came back to 40 texts, lol! Sorry- I had to go for a drive and get out. Things that I am doing during shut down to keep me sane and that make me happy-
1- Deep, intellectual conversations with my almost 14 year old daughter 2- Waking up at my normal time to keep my internal clock going 3- Decaf Irish Tea with Coconut Creamer in the morning 4- Making my plant based smoothies so I don’t turn into a buffalo during isolation 5- Staying busy and being productive with work so I feel like I’m earning my pay! 6- Gardening and cultivating my Japanese Maples– I have 6 seedlings that are thriving! 7- Baking cakes 8- Playing with my puppies and my kitty 9- meditation 10- singing 11- walks around my beautiful neighborhood 12- movies!!! 13- having time for self reflection and how I can be even better all around 14- video chats with my best friends and with my co-workers 15- Loud music whenever the heck I want! 16-Taking long lunches and eating whatever I want!!!
There’s much more but it’ll be too long, lol.
I miss you all
During this crazy time, these are a few things that I wake up thankful for each day:
1. Spending way more time with my kiddo.
2. Archie, my pug.
3. Running and/or walking everyday with my daughter and pup.
6. Spending more time in the kitchen.
7. Zoom-for allowing me to keep in touch with and able to see the faces of my friends and family. I grew up with my dad in the Navy. We didn’t have this technology when he was away. It could be 6 months before we saw him.
9. Knowing that I have some amazing friends that are out there doing incredible things. Nurses, grocery store employees, firefighters, and a VERY special seamstress who is donating her time and efforts to make masks for “the essentials”.
10. Getting caught up on my “to-do” list.
11. Having “me” time. I usually work 6 days a week, 60+ hours. So this has been crucial and not taken for granted.
1) Pad Tai makes me happy and I learned to make it!!! Lol 2) Lots of date nights with the Hubby 3) exercising 4) swimming 5) chocolate ?? 6) being a mother to two great daughters. 7) being able to come into work although very little 8) my kitties that always make me smile 9) my family, Dr. Wu and Lee and all my friends being safe through Covid -19. 10) Goal to eat healthy and God willing stay well and wishing everyone the same.
Just a few I have many things to add.
These are a few of my COVID-19 friendly activities: 1. Spending time with my wife 2. Playing videogames 3. Reading 4. Relaxing walks in the moonlight 5. Watching Netflix 6. Video chatting with friends 7. Suprising friends/coworkers by showing up on the video wearing a mask or costume 8. Taking a bath 9. Drinking a cup of warm tea or coffee 10. Playing music for my wife and cats
Franchesca’s List of things that make her happy:
My family and friends being in good health
Being able to spend so much time with my son and fur babies
Working out, that’s my sanity!
Seeing how complete strangers are coming together to help each other out!
Enjoying a nice cup of coffee in my jammies
Having time to catch up on house chores
My phone, that way I can facetime with family and friends
Last but not least, knowing that we will all get through this !!
What makes Vanessa Happy:
What makes me happy:
1. My friends and family are well! 2. Practicing gratitude…my family has so much to be grateful for! 3. Having time to exercise daily! 4. Being able to help my son with homeschooling until his Summer break! 5. Having more time to get my homework completed! 6. Having time to complete much needed Spring cleaning! 7. Amazon Prime! 8. Streaming services! 9. Technology such as Zoom that allowed me to continue to work with patients and see friends and family. 10. Smart phones and social media to keep us connected and informed and able to have food delivered, play games together etc. 11. Last but certainly not least, seeing the HELPERS. Seeing on the news and/or social media the humanitarians that give their time and money to those in need. I think that one actually makes me the happiest. 12. Watching to see how people and companies get creative and adjust in order to do the best we can during this time. It’s all a great opportunity for learning!
-wake up early to see the sunrise -sunny days -riding my bike -working out with my son -cooking -spending time with family -reading a good book -playing board and card games-listen to music -gardening
Things that make me happy
My handsome husband and beautiful Danika
My family is healthy
Danika’s innocence. It makes the tough times so much easier. She’s the light in all of this darkness
Danika sleeping through the night
Having the time to ride my bike and exercise more
Technology that allows us to stay in touch with friends and loved ones while sheltering in place
Seeing all of the GOOD in the people and world coming out in the most trying times.
My husband coming home from a long day’s work
Being able to spend so much quality time with Danika right. Is
Did I say coffee?
Learning new ways to save money
Dr. Tammy Wu wrote:
3. Being able to accomplish my to-do list as planned
4. Having happy patients,
🦰happy and healthy staff
5. Discovering and baking new delicious vegan gluten free treats
6. Living in a peaceful world
7. Being around courteous and respectful people
8. Waking up healthy every morning
I (Dr. Lee wrote)
1. Going on dates with Mr. Bear. 2. Going for a run. 3. Stretching. 4. Making goals 5. Accomplishing goals 6. Getting my blood pressure down. 7. Eating carbs. 8. Eating potato chips (well that’s a carb too). 9. Doing 20,000 steps a day 10. Watching Amazon prime (I don’t have Netflix anymore). 11. Cooking vegan. 12. Doing IG and FB
I thought I’d share what I wrote today. I think today is somewhat of a landmark day as we continue to flatten the curve for this Coronavirus infection. Maybe we’re at that mystical peak? But then again, how many peaks are we going to have? So this may be the peak of the initial phase where we are staying at home.
We are bending the curve as based on initial forecasts that I’ve done with my graphs. Today is our 27th day of social distancing in California. I started counting 3/19/20 as our first day when California’s Governor, Gavin Newsome issued a stay at home mandate. So it’s almost a month! Today California passed the 25,000th case of COVID-19 as captured by testing. Using original projections, I had predicted reaching 25,000 cases on 4/9/20, but we didn’t hit that number till 4/14/20 – 5 days later! So that’s a flatter curve! LA county surpassed th 10,000 mark. Santa Clara county didn’t seem to update their numbers for today. Stanislaus county which is my county where Modesto resides reports 163 cases with 4 deaths, and a total of 2703 tests done. Today registers 17 tests done in the past 24 hours. I would have personally liked to have seen more tests done, but there are just so many constraints – it’s easy to wish for more tests and hard to implement. USA has now broken in to the 600,000’s of cases diagnosed of COVID-19, and New York, my birth state reports over 200,000 cases for the first time today. I wonder when we’re going to get re-opened again, and I do like the public wearing of masks idea even when we re-open and get back to work for those that have been staying at home. Does anyone have any ideas on when we should re-open.
This second picture (above) with the graph shows 4 trendlines for California. Each one is a polynomial distribution of the 2nd order based on data from the 1st week, then data of information added for each successive week. Each week shows a “flatter” curve for my forecasts which I did in a 2003 version of Excel. This was proof to myself that we are flattening the curve for California. You can sort of think of each line as 4 weeks separated from each other, recalculated as new data comes in.
How do we know if we hit a peak?
We would know if we looked at the changes each day – meaning we looked at the new cases discovered each day of COVID-19. Perhaps we hit the peak soon and the numbers start to come down. It would be nice to say that perhaps tomorrow we hit 1500 new cases of Coronavirus infection and then after that the numbers of new cases start to come down and down, until we reopen…
And finally below this text, I rarely post this, but it’s time to do it. This is the death chart. These are family members, friends – not just statistics, so it’s hard to post So below is the total cumulative number of deaths from COVID for USA, California, New York and various other places. They are mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, children, patients, and colleagues.
While looking up information about Hydrate and Hydrate Luxe I found some information about one of the active ingredients. From the Obagi website it states: “Hydromanil is an ingredient derived from the tara seed and it is known to be an innovative and potent moisturizer, which is why we made it a key ingredient in both our Obagi Hydrate and Obagi Hydrate Luxe moisturizers. This ultra-advanced moisturizing ingredient captures and retains water and assimilates it into the skin in an immediate and natural way to enhance your skin’s appearance and texture.” This led me to look up information about the tara seed and the tara gum that is made from the seed. There was another site stating that “Tara Gum is naturally derived from the seed endosperm of the Tara tree (Caesalpinia Spinosa), which grows in the Peruvian Andes. It is extracted using only a mechanical process without the use of any solvents. Its viscosity in cold water is similar to that of Guar Gum. Tara Gum fully hydrates after heating, resulting in at least 30% increase in viscosity when compared to a cold solution.
Tara Gum is rich in Vitamin C, B, and complex sugars, and it is reputed for its ability to prevent dehydration while protecting skin’s moisture barrier. Tara Gum is often used as a natural thickener in the manufacturing of cosmetics and skin care products. It can also be used in formulations for makeup removers for a gentle and refreshing cleanse that softens the skin.”
I hope this information is helpful and useful for your Obagi blog.
11063 Botox procedures that I’ve logged since 2011 (I’ve been injecting since 2008)
So a possible estimate might be over 12,000 procedures. I consider a procedure as a separate injection, I don’t count Botox touch ups (Botox refinements) as a separate procedure.
1462 Botox injections since moving into our new building
We moved to a new building which we built ourselves. It is across the street from the Kaiser Hospital in Modesto on Dale Road. We moved in March 2019. It gives us a lot more space to work. I have three different rooms where I can inject Botox, and I have a separate room to store the Botox safely and efficiently so that all the Botox is centralized. It’s our new Surgical Artistry building.
Allergan Brilliant Distinctions
I use the Allergan Brilliant Distinctions provider portal to create reports. I’ve been injecting since 2008, but my data just goes back to 2011. So I am missing the data before 2011 – so I’m missing about 3 year’s worth of Botox Data. I’ve grown a lot with my Botox injections since I started writing about my Botox Statistics. Here is a page of my old Botox statistics in 2015
I’ve been working with bringing out the beauty of the jawline using multiple techniques. The link above is from a blog I wrote about the subject using Botox in 2015 in my Modesto, CA practice called Surgical Artistry. Some involve filler (ie. Juvederm), Kybella, and threadlifts. However, Botox was one of the earlier modalities that I’ve used for the past 10 years. I use Botox for TMJ and have found that it leads to a slimming effect of the sides of the face. This helps to accent the jawline from the top. I’ve found that it takes a few visits with Botox along the cheek to get the results that we are looking for – usually about 3 visits (spaced about 3-4 months apart).
How many Units for Botox in the Jaw area?
The amount of units I use vary. I inject in the masseter muscle above the jawline. I use somewhere between 6-40 units of Botox per side depending on the situation. I usually average around 20 units per side of Botox.
This is a link to my Botox video from 2015. In this video, I inject my father who agreed to be the subject of this video and the background music is that of me playing the violin and Dr. Tammy Wu playing the piano. My Botox technique does change from time to time and I keep trying to get better. Thus the way I inject today may be slightly different than what’s shown in the video. This was filmed on my iPhone on the spur of the moment when my parents came to visit me in Modesto, California. It wasn’t a planned video. I rarely ever plan my videos. I am mumbling and I don’t think I say anything important. And I wanted to attach some of my music to a video to see what that was like. Amazingly the video ends just as the music ends. If anything – I hope you enjoy the music.
I’m sorry I haven’t updated much of my webpages. I’m waiting for wordpress 5.0 to come out and see if that would be my editor of choice for the future.
2001: Interviewed in Modesto and accepted job with the McHenry Medical Group as trauma and general surgeon
2003: Started my surgery career in Modesto. I actually had my first job Modesto as a surgeon was with the Sutter-Gould Medical Group affiliated with Memorial Hospital. I worked there for a few weeks to help fill in for a surgeon who had to leave suddenly for his military duties.
2003: Started with the McHenry Medical Group as trauma and general surgeon
2006: Started Surgical Artistry with Dr. Tammy Wu, Plastic Surgeon. Went to obtain more education in Acupuncture. Plastic Surgery was our big focus for Surgical Artistry.
2006: Started practicing acupuncture and started doing Botox. I had a slow start. It seemed to be about 1-3 patients per week even for Botox and acupuncture. I continued doing General Surgery till about the year 2010. But starting in 2006, I started assisting in the world of pain pumps and stimulator spine implants which I still do today.
2014: Reached platinum plus level for Botox and Filler injections.
2015: Selected as one of the first surgeon injectors of Kybella – a injectable product to help dissolve the double chin.
2016: Reached Diamond level for Botox and Filler injections. At the time, this seemed to be the highest level there was for Botox purchased from Allergan in the USA.
2017: I was honored by being awarded the Top 25 most loved injectors in the USA by RealSelf.com. I got a featured advertisement in Glamour magazine.
2017: Reached the Top 500 level for Botox injections / Filler implantations. This was a level that I didn’t know existed till I got the award. It comes with certain benefits like a priority customer service telephone number.
2018: Started doing thread-lifting which I also call Suture-Lifting.
2018: Maintained Top 500 level for Botox injections (and other Allergan products). At this point, I realize that I started by seeing about 4 Botox patients per month in 2006 and now I have the privilege of seeing over 200 Botox patients per month.
I still have much more to improve regarding my skills, communication, and results. Thank you everyone for trusting me with your injections.
I got this question today on Yelp and perhaps this post will help others.
I am interested in hearing about the services you offer and setting up a consultation.
Here’s my brief answer:
Thank you for your inquiry via a message on Yelp. We are closed for the weekend. But Feel free to call (209)-551-1888 on Monday- Friday 8am-5pm for more information about what we offer at Surgical Artistry. The Botox / Filler consultation with me (Dr. Calvin Lee) is free so you can hear more about what I may be able to do and customize information and treatment for you. Heres a brief listing of what I do:
Threadlifts for building collagen and lifting. These are dissolving PDO threads. Sometimes I call this Suture-Lifting
I do Botox
I do Botox for wrinkles, headaches, jaw pain, gummy smile, shrinking pores, sweat reduction, trigger points.
I do fillers for lips and wrinkles, acne scars. I really enjoy working on lips and tear troughs as some of my favorite things to do. I also sometimes use Radiesse and Restylane. I do hand rejuvenation fillers and also tear trough off label fillers under the eyes. I am fond of working with a cannula for cheek augmentation and for tear trough. I also regularly do chin augmentation with fillers and jaw augmentation, temple filling (by the forehead), ear lobe wrinkle filling, nipple projection for inverted nipples. I also fill various indentations in muscles or the body from various trauma/scar or from steroid injections. I see fillers as a surgical implantation which needs to be done with surgical care.
Dermapen – Microneedling
I do dermapen microneedling to help with acne scars, and wrinkle reduction / prevention, and to help grow collagen.
Kybella injections for double chin. Permanent fat reduction in the FDA approved neck area. Visit my Kybella website for more information. I’ve done some off label Kybella for bra roll and knee area.
I do acupuncture for back pain, fertility, stress, and many other issues. There is a branch of acupuncture known as cosmetic acupuncture. Actually threadlifts and dermapen are just extension of cosmetic acupuncture.
I laser veins on the face, chest, and legs. I have a laser and I also do cosmetic sclerotherapy – which are injections into the small veins. On the face, the laser is my favorite modality, but on the legs, the injections of sclerotherapy is my favorite vein treatment method. I also do ultra sound examinations of the greater saphenous vein and lesser saphenous veins to assess reflux.
I do cosmetic mole removal from various parts of the body using surgical excision, and I try for the smallest and least obvious scar. I feel that surgical excision is usually best – rather than burning off a mole.
Trigger point deactivation
Trigger points are tender points in the muscle. I can do dry needling, acupuncture ah-shi, lidocaine/marcine injections
Steroid injections into over-active scars
Some scars are overactive with redness, itching, and have a raised character. I can inject a steroid solution into the scars to make them less “angry.”
I actually do more items than what is listed on here, but this is a short description of what I can do.
Surgical Artistry had claim to fame as the office in the United State who had the most patients signed up with the Obagi Premier Points App on their mobile phones. I’m not entirely sure how we did it and I’m not sure that we are #1 anymore with the Obagi App. But way to go to represent Modesto! Thank you Surgical Artistry Team! Regardless, we find it to be something that the patients like very much because the patients get free products shipped directly to them after they earn a certain number of points.
Download the Obagi App by going to the App store on your smart phone.