Colorado never fails when it reminds us that summer is coming to an end, with raging fires one day to rain and snow the next. Weather aside, it’s been a strange year. COVID-19 has done a number on our way of life, our economy, and our physical and mental health. Wearing a mask, though strange at first, is commonplace. It feels unfathomable to see someone on television shake a hand or sit in a crowded restaurant.
The world of physical therapy has been hard-hit. We’re a hands-on profession and we value the time we spend with patients. We had to lobby to get telehealth visits covered by Medicare (which they are for now) but it’s going to be another fight to keep that rule. Many clinics had to decrease hours or decrease staff. Some face the risk of closing their doors. If anything, COVID-19 has shown us how creative physical therapists can be to continue to care for patients.
Yes, we’re faced with learning how to navigate a “new normal.” I’m tired of that phrase, too. The pandemic forced us to stop the “go-go-go” of everyday life on a dime. Personally, I would have never requested to take several months to work part-time and write blogs from home. COVID-19 made that a necessity, but it worked. Peak Form has been creative and transparent in their methods to keep the doors open. I’m grateful for that, and I know patients are, too. None of us wanted this pandemic scenario and 2020 has proven to be a rough year. But isn’t life cyclical that way? We have to be prepared to handle the bad with the good.
So, now it’s September, it’s going to be fall in a few days, and then we face flu season. It’s more important now than ever to stay vigilant with your self-care. Exercise – keep up those walks that were so essential to your sanity during quarantine. Wear a mask when you’re in public places – it’s a small price to pay. Wash your hands. And if you’re sick – stay home.
Peak Form has remained diligent in taking care of patients, employees, and staff. We’re still here for you to keep you healthy. Give us a call today and we can help you with any aches and pains that 2020 has thrown your way!
By Laura Vroman