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Life During a Pandemic Is Hard!

Apr 30, 2020

Is anyone else watching Pluto, the wise Schnauzer from Canada? Or Some Good News with John Krasinski? (BTW, I’m so unhip that, until a few weeks ago, I only knew John Krasinski as the husband of the woman who played the new Mary Poppins.)

Why am I asking about silliness that some might call a Distracting Time Suck?

Because This Shit Is HARD. People are trying to work from home at jobs that never before supported telecommuting, while also homeschooling children who should be getting ready for end of year assessment tests at SCHOOLS that are now closed. None of us signed up for any of this!  And in addition to being cooped up inside the same walls with the same people day after day, we’re starting to realize that when we finally start to emerge from our isolation, the world as we knew it will never exist again.

Woah. I just went from Pluto the talking Schnauzer to existential crisis. What is going on here? Why so dark, as if we weren’t already sad enough?

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Virtual Endocrinology Appointment

Apr 08, 2020

Today, I saw my Endocrinologist via a telehealth visit. As a patient, this was a new experience for me. I routinely have quick telephone check-ins with my own patients and since the advent of COVID-19, I've been offering appointments via Zoom video chat. As a solo provider, I don't have the resources for an official "telehealth" software suite so I was curious to see what it would be like to experience an appointment offered through a large corporate practice.

Yesterday, a medical assistant called me for my "pre-check-in." It was pretty much the same as being at an-in office appointment, except no one took my weight or blood pressure. I verified my allergies, current medications, and told the MA what I needed to talk to the Nurse Practitioner about. Because I wear a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) that provides excellent insight into my blood glucose over the past three months, I had opted not to go to the lab for my routine A1C test (3-month average of blood sugar). The...

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