COVID-19: Too Much Time to Think

Slights, mistakes, embarrassments, accidents, catastrophes. Are these things flooding your mind? Is your self-esteem in the toilet? Have you stopped to ask yourself why?

Here’s the reason — COVID-19 is doing a number on our brain.

Pre-COVID, we had a million distractions. It was safe to roam the earth. You could go to a store for a little shopping without fearing for your life. You could venture out to a restaurant and have a meal cooked for you. Heck, you could even take your kid to a drama class, which is now being taught via ZOOM meetings.

Since March of 2020, there are just fewer things to do to take out mind off our misery. Our former foibles bubble up like sewage.  We sit in our living rooms and ruminate about the past.  

Like the time the large cocktail meatball dropped off the toothpick and onto my silk blouse at my husband’s recognition dinner for his 25 years of service on the job.  

All those country club parties I was never invited to. The attendees posted the pictures on Facebook. Everyone there looked so happy and sane. No one was wearing a mask. 

The night my psychiatrist of 20 years retired, and I went to the retirement dinner. One of the organizers of the party approached me and asked me if I “was the patient?” She didn’t use my name; she just said “Are you the patient?”  

Not liking to be identified as “the patient,” I said “No.”  

“Well, who are you?” she asked.  

“I’m a friend.”  

It didn’t stop there. The organizer brought my psychiatrist’s children over to question me more.  

“How long have you known my father?” the daughter asked.  

“20 years,” I said. Then, knowing I couldn’t keep up the charade, I said, “I’m the patient.” Talk

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How to make the most of your child’s telehealth visit – Harvard Health Blog

Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, telehealth visits with doctors have been on the rise — and for many reasons, they are likely to be part of medical care for the foreseeable future.

While they aren’t the same as an in-person visit, I’ve found as a pediatrician that telehealth visits can be very useful. I can accomplish more than I would have expected while my patients can stay in the safety and convenience of their own homes (or wherever they are — I have done some where the patient was in a car or playing outside).

As I’ve done more and more of these visits, I’ve found that there are things parents can do to make the most of telehealth. Below are some helpful tips.

Handling software, lighting, and logging on

  • Make sure you have downloaded the software ahead of time and know how to use it. Avail yourself of any technical information and support your doctor’s office has to offer. A laptop or tablet allows for a broader view than a cell phone, if possible.
  • Sit somewhere with a strong internet connection that is quiet with good lighting. It’s not going to be the best visit if you can’t see or hear each other.
  • Log on at least five to 10 minutes before the visit, in case there are any technical problems. If your doctor is ready early, you might even be able to start early. It’s also important to be on time, because it’s harder for doctors to run late with video visits, so you may end up with a shorter visit if you are late.

Steps to help you and your child get the most from each telehealth visit

  • Be prepared for the visit. Know what you want to cover. Have any medications handy so that you can
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