We again interrupt the habits series because I feel it is worth discussing today’s
disaster dilemma challenge. Our nanny is unable to come (health issue that is typically short lived, thankfully not COVID related) and I found out at 2 am. Or 1:41 am to be exact.
You can imagine that the rest of my night of sleep didn’t go terribly well, but I know she just wanted to give me as much warning as possible when the issue came on.
I have a full day of telehealth today. I contemplated 4 options:
Option 1: JOSH – what are you doing? 3 surgeries. #(%*&#@. Having your telehealth visit cancelled = annoying, but not a true calamity. Having your surgery cancelled = not cool. So, not really an option.
Option 2: Cancelling my entire day of patients and moving them to next week (we were supposed to be off, but working one day wouldn’t be the end of the world and I’m assuming our nanny would be willing to come in that day)
Option 3: Scramble for some emergency childcare. But I mean . . . pandemic. Would it even be fair to ask our former babysitters? Plus, most of them are busy working for other people who have kids stuck at home.
Option 4: Try to see all the patients with no childcare for a day.
Believe it or not, I’m going to attempt option 4. The afternoon won’t be tooooo terrible – the patients are tightly packed (sibling pairs for the win!) and I can probably be done by the time her nap ends at 4ish. So basically, the afternoon can be while G is asleep and A&C play Minecraft etc.
The morning is tougher. On the upside, my patients happens to be spaced a little farther apart. I plan on “hiring” Annabel to make sure G stays alive, allowing them unlimited TV/movies if desired, and checking on them between each patient. (Means I probably won’t get notes done, but I’m off tomorrow & and can do them then).
I will also offer a reward of up to $20 to spend at Target for each kid if they are good and don’t get in fights or bother me all day.
CAN THIS BE DONE?! We are going to find out!
(Yes I know many have been working without childcare for weeks, but this would be easy on a GME day. A patient day presents some challenges b/c I really can’t have them wandering into my room or interrupting the encounters. I am fairly optimistic though!)
I was only able to fall back asleep after fleshing out this plan. WILL REPORT BACK TOMORROW.