Well, a lot has happened since I last posted!
It has only been 3 days but feels longer. I was on call this week and — as is typical — got busy. I still have undone notes hanging over my head but I am not on for the weekend, which is lovely. I have also not been on at night — we have one provider who works ~1.5 hours away so when he is on call he covers nights + weekends. This is one of those ‘special’ weeks!
Despite not having to work nights, I still found call to be stressful. My GME responsibilities don’t disappear during my call weeks, and we are just clinically very stretched right now — our staffing is low and our outpatient volumes are surging, in part because many patients who were not seen for a year need care! My parenting ones don’t either. I never feel like I am succeeding at work OR life during my call weeks.
Anyway. It’s mostly over now. As usual, I’m not thrilled with my own coping mechanisms, but it’s whatever.
So . . . this happened.
I know not everyone is happy with these new guidelines. I personally feel okay about them. I guess I would even say I feel generally happy about them. I do understand the concerns about anti-vaxing anti-masking people breeding variants, but honestly I think (and to some extent, I know from conversations I’ve had with patients and others) those people are already gathering in groups anyway. Now it will just be more public, I guess. I am not sure this will encourage more to vaccinate, but maybe it will. I have been encouraging vaccination in all of my patients and many parents are excited about vaccinating their 12-15 year olds.
What will we do differently? I am not sure. Obviously I will still mask at work when with patients (in part for the comfort of the patients!). I do feel more comfortable going with Josh to dine indoors — something we have not yet done. I feel more comfortable getting a massage (!). And I look forward to gathering with other vaccinated people sans masks.
However, since the kids aren’t vaccinated it doesn’t really change what we will do as a family. It doesn’t change the need for them to mask at school. I am definitely looking forward to a potential fall/winter when our entire household can be vaccinated, assuming the trials all go well!
It would feel weird going into a store unmasked but I think I would do it. I wish I could wear some sort of indicator to show others I was vaccinated! (However, if I was with the kids – would mask in solidarity).
This is a really weird political moment. And just a weird moment in general. I am interested in others’ thoughts but please be nice to each other (and to me). Unless I have readers that work for the CDC, none of us actually made these rules.