Hey everyone, it’s Medicine Mondays again. I realized I missed the last 4 posts. However, I’m now back from a short hiatus. Things have been a bit hectic here as of late, and I’ll explain why:
The kids had Spring Break, but then the Hawaii Department of Education (DOE) decided to extend Spring Break an extra week. A little after that, they added an additional week off of school after the extended Spring Break. My son’s preschool followed thereafter. Luckily, my in-laws are here to help us out.
There is a very real possibility that this may be the end of “going to school” for Kylie this school year. I think the school is having meetings for what to do next. I would imagine that there is a high likelihood that some form of online teaching is going to happen for the remainder of the school year. My sister and brother-in-law in California are part of different school districts. It seems some districts are pushing ahead with telework and online learning, and others are taking a more wait-and-see approach.
Over the last few days Hawaii has gone from a conservative “social distancing” recommendation to a more aggressive pseudo-quarantine recommendation of “work from home, stay at home”. Only work deemed “essential” should be done, and only essential outdoor activities are allowed.
Additionally, this has pushed forward with trying to get telework/telehealth accommodations in place for my wife and I. It seems highly likely that we will be working from home in the near future, for the foreseeable future.
As such, I’ve been trying to get a laptop work-ready for my wife as well as clear away space in my office for a home PACs setup. For example, I’ve moved the printer and copier/scanner out of my office to reclaim more desk space. However, they should still work from anywhere they can be plugged in since they’re WiFi enabled.
I’ve also bought us TAA compliant CAC/PIV card readers:
Additionally, it may be difficult for my wife to call her patients in the living room or dining area, since the kids tend to be loud. So I have to make sure the WiFi connection on her laptop is solid (behind closed doors), so they won’t bother her. However, this may be a trial and error process in order to balance WiFi signal stability and loudness of the kids.
Coronavirus is very serious. However, the major things to prevent its spread are still the same. Stay away from crowds. Only go outside when necessary. Wash your hands. Don’t touch your nose, mouth, or eyes. Disinfect high-touch surfaces.
Cancel your trips. Don’t be like these Spring Breakers who got infected. Of course, there is also this viral video from Spring Breakers which has been everywhere:
At first I thought it was a hoax because it seemed like these people couldn’t possibly be real. Unfortunately, I was wrong.
Don’t be selfish. The majority of young people will probably recover from this virus. However, the immunosuppressed and elderly populations have been hit hard, like in Italy for example. It makes sense that places like Florida, with its high retirement population, would also be at an increased risk.
Quick words on The Match
Congratulations to everyone who matched. Here are the next step(s):
Preparing to start residency:
- Pre-Residency Evaluation
- Survival Mode
- How to be a Good Intern
- Time of Death
- Being Human
- Welcome to the New Interns
- I just realized it’s July…
- April’s Fools
- Preparing for Residency (2019)
I will try to go back to MWF posts again.
However, things have been hectic with the kids being home and possibly needing to work from home. I will likely need to work extra hours in order to help out during this pandemic. For this reason, don’t be surprised if I miss a post here and there. That said, I’ll try to at least put out a “No Post Today” type of post to let everyone know if I can’t write one.
Just an update on how I’m doing.
Telework/telehealth likely happening for us.
The coronavirus is serious. Don’t be selfish.
Congratulations to those who matched.
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