As I mentioned this morning, it has been several days since everything was changing on a daily basis – and that feels like progress to me! Coronavirus cases are continuing to occur nationwide, and are dropping off – deaths in NYC have been decreasing steadily for days. The UW predictor that I watch regularly says that New Hampshire should be able to begin peeling back from the current social distancing rules by May 11 if all goes according to plan. (Fingers crossed for an in-person graduation.)
Getting back to clinic and back to electives is an important part of this returning to some semblance of normal. As the weather gets better, I'm hoping you can all find other ways of getting back to normal – going for a run, hike or walk with friends is a lot easier when the snow has melted and it is sunny out. Picnicking will soon be possible!
Whether things are getting better or getting worse (who can tell at this point), I wanted to take some time to validate the emotions that we all have been feeling. Some people are grieving the life that they expected to have right now. Others are finding unexpected joy in the little things. My oldest, Henry, is reveling in the additional screen time that he is getting (hard to limit to 2 hours per day when school is all screens). My youngest, Joe, is having nightmares that his grandparents are going to die. Crisis and chaos affect us all differently – and everyone’s response is valid and important. I’ve been sending out resources as I come upon them – attached please find the opportunity to get support from psychotherapists. Please reach out if you feel it will be of help to you.
I will continue to send out emails and to provide updates in the morning. None of us know what the future will bring – and things could change. But for today, the sun is shining, and we are all in this together.
I will leave you with a poem from my favorite poet, Mary Oliver, an interesting article on what Rush is doing with/for residents during this crisis, and some funny pictures.
If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy,
don't hesitate. Give in to it. There are plenty
of lives and whole towns destroyed or about
to be. We are not wise, and not very often
kind. And much can never be redeemed.
Still, life has some possibility left. Perhaps this
is its way of fighting back, that sometimes
something happens better than all the riches
or power in the world. It could be anything,
but very likely you notice it in the instant
when love begins. Anyway, that's often the
case. Anyway, whatever it is, don't be afraid
of its plenty. Joy is not made to be a crumb.
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