COVID19 Weekend Work

Day 20: Weekend #3 & A Ramble

April 4, 2020

Though the shelter-in-place order was not issued until later in March, the first day of scheduled school that did not happen was March 16. For me, that marked the beginning of some sort of streak, though I know the exact numbers vary depending on location.

SO! Day 20. Starting to get up there. I wonder when this series will end. The healthdata projections project the peak in FL to be in early May, with cases really tapering to a trickle by early June. So – 80? That’s my current (rather haphazard) guess. (Note: this really varies by state! NY is very close to a very high peak now, and tapers off far before we do.)

Florida’s healthdata graph, showing projected needs for hospital beds, ICU beds, and ventilators
There is still a lot of uncertainty in this model (the shaded area vs the lines)

In some ways, I feel myself starting to settle into my routines. Many are commenting that they will be preserving some aspects of their locked-down lifestyles, even when it’s all over.

I get that a little. In particular, the neighborhood walks are lovely. We look a long family walk last night — and G impressively held her own through a lot of it! We never did that before because . . . well, many times because Josh wasn’t home.

He is definitely working less than before.

I am not, between telemedicine and covering for others’ calls and adjustments to the residency (constant) and a few other projects I am involved in. I feel like I had a pretty normal work-week from a volume and hours perspective (though higher stress!). The main difference in my routine was avoiding a commute and getting to take walk breaks in the middle of the day! Although no one is stopping me from doing those around the hospital campus during “normal” times, either.

Due to a systemwide decree and lower volumes in our specialties, Josh and I are both now being required to use some PL time (with the expectation that we are truly taking PL during that time). I am struggling to figure out how I will do that and get all of my work done, but at the same time welcome it. That means there will be some days — technically one every week — when I can run ‘school’ and spend more time with everyone at home.

(Note: re: call coverage, it has not been that bad. I only had to make one hospital trip so far and it’s been 4 days! AND everyone agreed to a payback system where those of us covering will be granted one night of overnight phone call coverage for every trip we make for someone else. Since I hate overnights more than anything, this made me happy and they were eager to do something for us, so win/win. We will see what this weekend holds . . .)

WOW THAT WAS A RAMBLE. Plans/goals for today:

  • 21 day fix workout #20 / 21 (!!)
  • YNAB Budget Setup / Audit
  • Make kale / quinoa / black bean salad (from Run Fast Eat Slow) for dinner (might not be popular with the kids but will serve with bread & butter and some fruit, so they will survive)
  • Go to hospital to see consults if needed (hoping not but we will see!)


  • Reply Katherine Hartmann April 4, 2020 at 7:44 am

    Sarah, I so appreciate this blog series. There hasn’t been a lot on the internet that I’ve been able to read (I’ve blocked most news and social media and my husband tells me what is going on). I love your daily thoughts and description of what your family is doing. This is the one site I feel good about checking daily. Keep it up!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger April 4, 2020 at 8:16 am

      aww thank you so much!!

  • Reply Danielle April 4, 2020 at 12:19 pm

    Family walks were always part of our routine here in NYC, but now we are mostly skipping them because of the risks of leaving home. Enjoy them while you can! Are you and the kids going to start wearing face coverings when you go walking?

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger April 4, 2020 at 12:28 pm

      Maybe but honestly we don’t usually get within 6 (or even 15!) feet of anyone. Perk of suburbia I guess! We will walk in the street if we see others. I will do it if we are supposed to though!

  • Reply Jenn April 4, 2020 at 3:59 pm

    My 3 good things today:
    1) our son was born a week ago and he’s healthy and perfect!
    2) my husband finally got negative test results so we got to come home to him on Thursday
    3) hugs and snuggles

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger April 4, 2020 at 5:09 pm

      well those are some 3 SERIOUSLY good things!!! CONGRATULATIONS!

      • Reply Jenn April 4, 2020 at 5:13 pm

        Thank you! 🙂

  • Reply Arden April 4, 2020 at 6:27 pm

    Thank you for writing daily. Really.

  • Reply Katie D April 16, 2020 at 8:06 pm

    I have truly enjoyed this journey you are recording. I had all the same emotions when this started. It is also nice to see the uncertainty in protocols with work. I also work in medicine as a PA. I look forward to reading on and catching up with the most recent post, but just wanted to say I also have three kiddos, 7,6, and 2. I don’t know why it never occurred to me before, but to have some sort of bread along with fruit if kids don’t like the main dish. I literally started doing that a couple months ago and it has made our dinner times much more pleasant and my meal planning less stressful.

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