Today’s post will be short, because I have a 7 AM conference call. Josh is supposed to be on it too (pitfalls of working for the same employer!) and we have hired Annabel to watch G and get her breakfast if she wakes up.
Her “payment” = 30 minutes of extra iPad time, which is more precious to her than any dollar amount would be.
Let’s hope it works out, but if not thank GOD our calls are generally audio (not video) and there’s a mute button that I compulsively check to make sure is still on!
Anyone else SUPER TIRED with everything going on? My normal sleep need is 7-7.5 hours. My current sleep seems to be 8+. I think it’s just the stress levels and constant state of vigilance. Will this ever wear off? I HOPE SO. Because I’m pretty sure my inability to wake up easily an no longer blamed on the one-hour time change that was over 2 weeks ago!
Telemedicine went well yesterday! We had some initial technical difficulties but were able to get around them. My patients were happy and appreciative to have their visits (questions answered, meds refilled, etc). Diabetes visits are actually pretty conducive to this because with current technologies we can look at downloads of glucose sensors, pumps, meters, etc — it’s not QUITE as good as a live visit (mostly b/c no on-site lab to measure A1c — 3 month average blood glucose — like there is in the office). But it’s a reasonable substitute for now.
Growth is a little tougher and I wouldn’t want to have multiple tele visits in a row (we need accurate heights!), but for one interval visit it’s also okay. Better than nothing and better than bringing patients in physically right now.
So, my current role is half GME (so many moving parts and a lot of stress there right now) and half telemedicine to see my current patients (and even occasional new ones). I can do most of this from home, which is great. I am probably going to be pitching in in some other ways too (probably some general peds online visits) but will just try to take things one day at a time. When I’m on call, I will be there in person but as of now that isn’t until mid-April.
(I wish I could speculate that things would be better by then but right now I’m not feeling terribly optimistic).