By Stacy M. Menz, PT, DPT
I hope everyone is hanging in there during this crazy time period.
I am writing this as our shelter-in-place orders were just extended to the end of May. I suspected this news was going to come, but when it did, it still took a moment to get my head around it. Like most of you, I am working hard to keep my practice going, as well as planning for what re-opening looks like. I am also trying to work while taking care of a teething and very active infant. The days when naps are boycotted become very long indeed! I know many of you are helping your kids with their schoolwork while also working and planning. Take a moment and give yourself a pat on the back because we all deserve it.
These continue to be unprecedented times, and I have had to struggle to wrap my head around what I am able to accomplish in a day and what I feel like I should be able to accomplish in a day. My expectations and outcomes definitely don’t match up most days. With the “Groundhog Day” type feeling many of us may be experiencing, it’s also hard to know when to turn off work and be all-in with your family or embrace down time. I hope everyone is finding ways to take care of themselves mentally, emotionally, and physically. This process is undoubtedly a marathon and not a sprint.
This issue is about data. This topic is certainly important as we plan for what this year may look like, as well as continue to make adjustments based on the information we are getting each day and week. The numbers we look at may change slightly or mean something different than they did before. Regardless, data is going to be our friend as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic through to the end.
I hope you find these articles as helpful as I have and make sure you are reaching out to your peers for support and guidance. We are all in this together!