HELLO friends! Yesterday was a long day and so on my second day of blogging this pandemic experience, I’m already a day late. Whoops! Better late than never. I’ll get this post up this morning and then try to catch up today’s by later on tonight. If you’re looking for non-COVID content, scroll to the bottom!
News-wise BC has declared a state of emergency. Schools are closed indefinitely, and bars and restaurants were ordered closed for St. Patrick’s Day. BC has 186 cases (5 recovered, 7 deaths) and Canada has 569 confirmed cases (129 new, ?? recovered, 8 deaths). In the morning yesterday I did my last few in-person visits- gave vaccines and joint injections, weighed babies, and did a few urgent physical exams. Now I have gone to complete telehealth. Our staff have been instructed to give patients phone or video appointments only, and that any requests for in-person interactions must be approved by the physician (or previously determined- newborn weight checks, etc).
We have been managing a significant work volume- I “saw” 36 patients, phoned/faxed prescriptions, and then spent 3 hours in an emergency all-hands physician planning session. The seven doctors at our clinic care for several thousand patients in Vancouver, and it is our intention to have completely uninterrupted coverage. We made some contingency plans for sickness/quarantine, staff shortages, medical supply shortages, and social distancing office policies. I also updated our clinic’s COVID19 information page with links and resources.
I decided to hit the grocery store as early as possible yesterday morning, to get us a few fresh things. About a week ago I made sure we had our usual freezer staples, so in the interest of social distancing, I went to SaveOn at 6 AM (arrived just as they were opening, after trying and failing to get their online order website to work!). The shelves were moderately bare, but I don’t have a sense of what 6 AM “normal” looks like, either. No issues getting the apples, celery and *cough* ice cream that I was after.
As for social distancing, it means being 2m (6 feet) apart from other people. I know this feels dumb, really. And I know that it’s hard to be away from your colleagues/gym mates/book club, etc. The thing is that you CAN be asymptomatic and contagious. So you need to take it seriously. In related news, cycling to work has gone swimmingly! Thank you sunshine in Vancouver! (Yes, I am still going in to the office despite telehealth- need to fax/attend to urgent things/sign prescriptions/etc).
One new important piece of COVID medical advice: a case series from southern France noted that people who take anti-inflammatories (ibuprofen, naproxen, diclofenac, celecoxib) may have worse outcomes. Stop taking those medicines if you use them (no need to taper) and feel free to use tylenol to manage pain or fever.
And now for some non COVID content! It’s a beautiful almost-Spring day in Vancouver. Here are my most popular posts for you to peruse if you just need to escape all the rest of it for a bit. I also absolutely suggest some non-screen/phone/radio/general media time every day!
Fun Friday Link posts- all kinds of funny/random/interesting things, posted (almost) every Friday!
See you later! Wash your hands. xo