I started to pull up posts from 1 year ago. I’m not sure why I haven’t done this little look-back sooner, but wow.
It’s mildly traumatizing and definitely somewhat embarrassing to read.
And here we are. March 9, 2021. Some people have gone through real trauma. Others who were luckier have acquired some new twee hobbies. We all have masks (and a whole new vocabulary and fund of knowledge around facial coverings!) and even 60+ year olds are video chat competent (was going to say ‘savvy’ but that might be a stretch for some). Telemedicine is a common thing. We had a virtual interview season for our residents. My work is partially remote (please, let me keep this aspect!). We’ve come quite a long way in the past 360ish days.
I just finished a really busy call week. Sometimes busy can be fake-busy where there’s a lot of activity without acuity, but this was legit busy — just a lot of sick kids needing care (fun comparison: here was my last pre-pandemic call week — comparatively easy! This time, I had at least 2 overnight calls 6/7 nights). There were a lot of medically complex children admitted with various things. Sometimes COVID was a factor, mostly not.
So despite all of this change, things don’t feel all that odd or temporary anymore. My life currently feels almost normal, honestly. Minus most social gatherings and travel, and plus PPE. I recognize that is not true for many and there are staggering regional differences. But, as I have done this whole time, for better or for worse, I am sharing my own experience.
Also, I am pretty excited about CDC’s new vaccine guidelines! AND the increasing availability of vaccines in the coming weeks + months. I am going to see my sister. There are signs that there is a going to be a return to — maybe not 2019 normal, but a reasonable-kind-of-compromise-normal, and not just for an elite few but for many.
I have more I’d like to write about but I’ve also got some paralysis due to the possibility of judgement that might my way, and honestly I’m too tired to handle it right now. So . . . I think perhaps that’s enough for today.