The last two months has brought hardship unlike most have seen in their lifetime. Financial, social, mental, and physical stressors all at the same time is impacting our way of life. How can we cope and get through this together?
Well, we always say we do not have time to do things we want to do. Now, we have lots of time, as long as it involves staying away from other people. Here is my list of survival techniques to live through a pandemic.
- Signed up to work with the Indiana State COVID-19 Workforce Reserve but did not get called to work.
- Identified a client with COVID-19, who has since recovered and returned home after intubation with the breathing tube
- It took me a month to catch up at here at work
- I got up at the same time and went to bed the same time as normal
- I worked at Cardinal Elements Monday thru Friday from 8am till 5pm
- I cleaned & organized the office for better efficiency
- I revised forms for better quality documentation
- Completed continuing education to increase my knowledge
- Cleaned off the desk and tossed junk papers
- I stood at the stand up desk for Telehealth sessions, virtual meetings, and billing claims
- Produced videos and pictures to market the new office I have been into for one year
- Caught up on social media & posted regularly on Facebook, Google, and LinkedIn
- Connected with clients, physicians, & networking contacts
- Cleaned out and removed the endless Google bookmarks
- Updated the web site at www.cardinalelements.com
- Started using a new Telehealth platform for secure coaching sessions
- Volunteered for a non-profit using social distancing guidelines at www.PennsyTrails.org
- Learned to use Zoom, Facetime, Meet ups for meetings
- Continued to meet with worksite employees using the secure Telehealth
- I have been engaged with a worksite to take employee temperatures when they arrive each morning to work
- Developed an “Office Workout Wednesday with Cardinal Elements” on YouTube at https://youtu.be/8nbnKpQWUWU
- Developing a COVID Cookbook at a work site and named it “Cooking Outstanding Victory In Disaster”
- Tried several new recipes. Especially liked the Trout with the mustard coating
- Wrote letters and texts to nurse family, nurse friends, and previous students to thank them for their service
- Enjoyed the Blue Angles fly over last week
- Celebrated Florence Nightingales 200th Birthday on May 12th, our modern day legacy
- Walked the county road every day, with an umbrella or scarf if needed
- Hours of gardening for strengthening and core workouts
- Ordered new dress pants, finally
- Visited my mom through the window. She has COVID but is doing well in her long term care facility.
- Listened to a lot of good music, Jazz, Country, Rock, Alternative
- Watched old movies I have not yet seen, and some of the ones I had
- Spent extra lunch times with my husband when we could
- Stayed out of the kitchen except for scheduled meals & snacks
- Prayer, Prayers, and more Prayers.
Mary Ann Wietbrock RN MSN ACNS BC
Advanced Practice Board Certified Cardiovascular Clinical Nurse Specialist
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