In list form, because I’m just feeling that way today!
1- The new residents are orienting this week. Which means I have been busy! Today they will be doing things that do not require my presence (whew). They are so excited and shiny and impressively calm about starting residency mid-pandemic.
(We have really great residents overall. I feel very lucky about that!)
2- I survived my first nasal swab COVID-19 screening! It wasn’t thaaaaat bad. The nurse who swabbed me scared the #$&@ out of me by implying it was worse than childbirth. All I can say is — she must have had some easy deliveries! I’d rate it along the same lines of discomfort as a Pap smear. The sensation is uncomfortable (and weird!) but it doesn’t last terribly long. She did do a nice job of counting to 10 which helped. I am supposed to do this every 4 weeks so I am glad it wasn’t too terrible.
(also, I don’t have COVID-19. I mean, I didn’t think that I did – this was just a routine screening – but it’s always nice to know.)
3- We decided to focus our residency book club entirely on health disparities this year. Residents are (very) busy but we’ve managed to fit in 3 books/year, one every 4 months with a discussion session built into their didactic time. We are starting with The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks for some historical background. Other recs that specifically address racial disparities related to health care are welcome.
4- I went down a very dark road last night while on the phone with my sister. We started talking about a theoretical scenario where there is no lasting immunity for COVID-19 and no effective vaccine, so the pandemic would never end and we’d just have to adapt to living with the risk . . . until we die? Josh feels this is unlikely (given no historical precedent) but . . . no one really knows for sure, do they? Would we do things/see things differently today if we knew coronavirus was here to stay? I’m not exactly sure but it’s an interesting (yet slightly horrifying) thought experiment.
5- The kids held a full on dance contest for an hour last night. They seem happy and do not appear to be suffering though this — really at all. Honestly, they were more stressed when we had actual school and they were in multiple activities and often tired out.
I am glad we opted not to do camp because the one I would have sent them to opened for 2 weeks and then (yesterday) announced they were shutting down due to 2 separate outbreaks with both positive staff members and campers mentioned in email communications. I feel so bad for the many families depending on this camp as their childcare plan. #O*%#$&!! SO, yeah. Glad that we weren’t part of that roller coaster.
They still get their fill of screen time but I feel good about how we have implemented it. The big kids know there is no screen time until 1pm (when G takes her nap), and then enjoy 2-3 hours of Minecraft while she is asleep. They love the game and get to interact with their friends while playing, and while it’s probably not the world’s most educational it doesn’t seem too bad, either. It’s a fun world to explore while their real surroundings have become a bit repetitive! That’s it for iPad/computer time. After that window is over they are aware (and thankfully pretty accepting!) that they don’t get any more.
Then they are typically screen free until around 7:30 when I (sometimes) let them watch TV shows or a movie for 1-1.5 hours depending on behavior. If they are playing together I do not remind them about the TV.
I feel at peace with this amount for them. I would like them to spend more time outside (they spend about an hour each morning) but honestly it’s HOT AND HUMID and I don’t really want to be outside right now much either. In an ideal world, they could all swim in the afternoon but really we can only do that on weekends (our nanny is not comfortable with this and I 100% am fine with that!).
Someday when G can swim, that part will get easier. I *do* have lessons planned for her later this summer so that will be a nice added bonus.
Okay I wrote more than planned (the kids are still asleep!). Happy Thursday.
One day at a time. <– My new 2020 mantra