Lots of COVID ’round these parts (Broward County):
Interestingly, it doesn’t feel like anyone knows what to do about it anymore.
I am glad that schools remain open (as I strongly believe they should). I am also continuing to see in-person patients when needed, but meetings/gatherings have been converted to virtual — again, I think that’s the right balance. Our office has had so many positives (doctors, nurses, other staff) that we are being encouraged to convert many patients to telehealth, but today I have several patients that really need in-person evaluation/interaction, so they will be ‘live’. We are wearing N95s for all patient encounters.
Because all 5 of us in our nuclear family are out in this extremely COVIDy world, I am assuming we (ie, our family) will have COVID at some point very soon but holding out hope that symptoms will be mild (like they have been in most around here). Best case scenario is that we would all be asymptomatic and not even know it was passing through . . .
We will not be testing unless symptomatic or otherwise instructed to, and for the time being are going to stay away from vulnerable family members. Luckily, this is the season when doing things outside is much more pleasant and feasible. And thankfully the next ‘big’ family holiday for us isn’t until April (Passover)! Things may be very different by then. Hoping, anyway.
I thought this Atlantic article was very interesting and had some good points. COVID tests are getting more and more scarce, yet there are many colleges + private schools “screening” the entire student body twice weekly.
(Not our school.)
((Which I am fine with!))
In other news: kids have actually had a really nice start to the school year so far. C tried track & field yesterday – I was proud of him. They were all relatively excited to see friends + teachers after the break.
Oh and also: OMG, I ordered 5 pairs of shoes!!! One specifically for walking outside at work (these, another shout out to Lani for recommending!) and several to try to replace my (very old and falling apart) work shoes — 3 from Camper because I find them super comfortable and therefore am brand loyal and 1 from new-to-me Arche snagged on sale (thanks to my college bff V who always knows what I will go nuts over). So I am well on my way to meeting that goal, at least. (Definitely NOT planning on keeping them all but wanted to try multiple for comfort assessment/clothing pairing purposes).
Time to get the kids up! This week went by quickly . . .
(PS: I have been Time Tracking! Going to try to continue through Laura’s challenge!)