I will be officially starting my telemed practice this morning! I have just 3 patients scheduled as a pilot. Today, I’ll do this from the office, just in case there is troubleshooting needed with the staff (many of which are not yet working remotely). After that, I will plan on moving my operations home unless there are specific objections.
There has been a lot of concern about productivity loss due to lack of face time in the office. My goal is to a) figure out a way to be very productive without said face time and b) communicate that productivity to upper management. I think that if I go into each day with clear goals (see X patients, finish YZ projects) I will be able to accomplish this. I can’t necessarily change official policies, but I hope to serve as a role model on what can be accomplished remotely during this time.
ALL of that said, I am also going to admit something slightly shameful for a physician. (READY?)
Part of me wishes I could just be home with the kids during this time. I would never ACT on this impulse; taking a leave of absence would be terrible for my practice and my patients and would not be an honorable thing to do, so I am not considering it in any real way.
But they are stuck at home all day, and I feel both sad and yes — slightly guilty that I cannot be with them more. I am hopeful that with remote work, I will be able to take breaks from work to help/participate in key parts of their day. On the up side, Josh has been (and for now will be!) home more! And they are loving that. We had a lovely family dinner last night (Taco Tuesday) that had me feeling wistful that it was not our weekday norm.
ANYWAY. Lots of feelings. Plenty of doubts and fears. And sharing it all here!
Normal superficial things
I ordered a box of stuff from Madewell earlier this month, but most of it did not work out. I have “New jeans!” on my 20 for 2020 list, and am determined to find a new comfortable but flattering pair.
My most recent jeans (circa 2016) fit fine but are looking old/worn and not in a fashionable way. Does anyone have a die hard favorite? I am not averse to spending $$$ (the 2 pairs I wear most often were by AG and Madewell; AG in particular is pricey but 4 years of fairly frequent wear is pretty good!).
I am tempted to try Everlane (great price point). OBVIOUSLY I will not be going shopping in person right now, but I figure buying online (and returning if needed) is okay right now! Stimulating the economy?
NOTES: I like the high waisted look, but the waist can’t be SO high that it looks silly on me (5’1″ on a good day). I also like the less constricting vintage-y look, but the pair I tried on in this style looked too horrendous to even post. I don’t think nearly-40-year old moms can really pull off mom jeans . . . though they look amazing on some of my teen patients!