First, a happy announcement related to my professional life: our pediatrics residency program filled! For those not familiar, getting a residency spot is a ~6 month process, beginning with electronic applications and ending with a match. I experienced it as a resident, of course, and now I’m in charge of the flip side — sifting through >1000 applications, interviewing candidates, showcasing our program, and creating our rank list.
Normally, the match is a day of much congregation and in-person celebration. This year, it will be a Webex (our workplace’s answer to Zoom) reveal. This happens on Friday. From a resident standpoint, it’s a very exciting time. But it’s also a very big deal for a program (or a program director ie me!).
Every year, some programs don’t fill, which means not enough people ranked them high enough to take all of the slots. If you don’t fill (or don’t match), you have to “scramble” (stressful rapid fire interview process).
I’m just thrilled we filled! It’s a big deal as a newish program (we’re in our 3rd year) in a not-terribly-competitive specialty. No scramble for us. As PD I actually get to find out a day early who is on our list. (I am sworn to secrecy). I can’t wait. A bright spot in the midst of all of this — I needed the happy news!
The Rest of Our Day
I worked from home, because I have developed a dry cough. (Weird right?)
No fevers though and otherwise feel fine. I have been instructed to stay home and work remotely until symptoms abate; if they don’t abate after several days or worsen (ie develop high fevers or shortness of breath), I would be tested. I could have COVID19, or I could have some other kid-related thing. Someone in our home has URI symptoms a very significant chunk of the time.
Our nanny — who has the same cough — came, so I was able to do the work I needed to do. I also spent some time with the kids (I went with them on their ‘outside time’.
We are now moving all non-essential patient care activities to virtual (ie, call them and order meds; they are working on setting up templates for ‘real’ telemedicine). And we are moving our residency didactics to online, too. So I will continue to work from home on days that my “body” is not needed in the hospital.
My next call week isn’t until mid-April, but I anticipate covering for others when they inevitably get a URI (or actual COVID19). So there’s my plan with respect to work.
Josh is not going to be doing elective cases but has thus far still been busy.
The kids are doing well. I know there are 38473 free resources for things for them to do online, but I am keeping it simple for now. They are doing their regular online homework stuff + a daily journal + reading.
We can get fancier later. Maybe after next week (which was supposed to be spring break). We followed “the schedule” yesterday and it worked well. They probably had 5 hours of screen time.
2.5 hours of Minecraft / iPad stuff while Viva napped
1 hour of Cosmic Yoga (they did the yoga and were engaged so I don’t know if this counts)
1.5 hours of a movie
But they also did plenty of non-screen things. An hour outside (a walk, then family soccer on our driveway), lots of drawing, their aforementioned school activities, magnatiles etc. This amount may seem horrifyingly high to some but it feels like the right amount for us. Of note, I purposely designed a schedule that felt doable and had a lot of built-in treats rather than an ambitious one that we were likely to abandon in 3 days.
Because it’s going to be (at least) weeks, not days. At least the weather is cooperating.
Dry cough and all, I decided to restart 21 Day Fix. I contemplated jumping straight back into 80DO but since I haven’t been doing a great job on strength training (and maybe comfort and familiarity is nice right now?), I am planning:
- 21 Day Fix
- 1 week of “A Little Obsessed”
- 21 Day Fix Extreme
And then I will attempt 80DO. As usual, not doing the nutrition plans. But I am trying to eat a little better. At least we won’t be doing a lot of eating out or sharing of office goodies!
I’m mentally doing okay. I used my meditation app. I did a lot of planning and organizing. I didn’t really 100% stick to reading news twice a day, but when I was busy with other things, it left me less time to compulsively look at headlines.
More tomorrow – time to get my BB on and then be ready for an online meeting at 7:30.
(No video so I can be in my post-workout gear. Yay 🙂 Working at home is really weird.)