It’s been a whirlwind of a week around here, though perhaps starting to calm down. I probably shouldn’t complain as my kids are at least healthy (for now) and I’ve heard of about 83473 cases of gastroenteritis, both near and far.
But still, some things are feeling heavy. I am trying to lean into mindfulness and self-compassion, the latter of which I find particularly challenging.
1- I did a short NBC local segment on diabetes and COVID and what we’ve seen in our health system, and they were so excited to have a physician who was ‘media trained’. I don’t know exactly what that means, but I think she meant that I was decent at talking off the cuff and sounding relatively polished. This is totally from all the practice I’ve had podcasting over the past 5 years.
(If anyone is curious, we’ve seen slightly higher rates of new onset type 1 diabetes and much higher rates of type 2, at least looking at 2020-2021 data. The smaller type 1 increase might not be directly related to COVID, as there were other factors like another local hospital closing their pediatrics ward, but it’s definitely worth exploring further.)
2- Annabel wants this A6 Hobonichi for her birthday, so I will consider my job as parent complete. Kidding somewhat, but it made me happy!
3- Screen free month has definitely been a success for the kids. G’s teacher actually commented that her behavior was noticeably improved. Now I am tasked with figuring out how to carry the benefits over into future months while allowing for a bit more leeway. I am thinking a weekly movie night and a video game/screen-containing afternoon x 1 over the weekend (Saturday or Sunday, but not both. Probably Saturday is better . . .). It has been easy to enforce 100% screen free because there was no wiggle room in my decree, and I will make sure they know that if there’s too much difficulty enforcing specific limits, we’ll just have to go back to 0 screens. I suspect that will work now that they know what is possible!
Oh, and I think we’ve finally set a MOVING DATE!!!! AHHHH! Floors are getting underway and painters are scheduled. We may be able to put in our 30 day ‘month to month’ rental notice tomorrow. I’m READY!