The Silver Lining
Quarantine Week #2. It is Tuesday. Normally on a Tuesday at this time, I am in the office, about 3 hours into patients. Today, however, I slept in till 7:30, cuddled on the couch with my kids while they watched their “show” and had some coffee. It is a weird new normal, but something that I am slowly adjusting to. I keep thinking to myself, what a crazy time this is. Crazy that my kids aren’t in school, crazy that I am not at work and crazy that we are all hanging at the house all day, every day. It has been challenging to adjust to this new normal, but also something that I am continually trying to find the silver lining in.
Even though I am not in the office daily, I have been hearing from patients in regards to their contact lens needs, ocular emergencies and picking up their product. It is nice to still be able to still communicate with our people and help them out during this time. It is the same as being in the office every day with my full staff and practicing to the best of my ability? No. But, it is what it is and we are doing our best to still serve our patients during this time.
I have been listening to lots of podcasts and webinars to help learn how to manage my business during this time. In addition to finding ways to handle immediate needs over the next few months, I am also getting lots of encouragement and recommendations to use this time to plan for the future of our business. What does that mean? Right now, I am not sure. But when am I going to have this time again to really sit and look at my business and plan for what I want it to look like in the future. The time is now and it is exciting to think about the possibilities.
I definitely am trying to get some business things in each day, but with a 4 and 5 year old at home, it makes it a little more challenging! But for me, this is probably the most important and special silver lining of all, extra time with my kids. I have always been a working mom, so to be home with them each day and soak up this time with them has been precious. This is probably the only time in their lives and my career that we will have these moments where we are literally forced to spend all day together. And although they can drive me a little crazy, I am absolutely loving it and know I will always cherish this time.
I hope this message finds you all safe and healthy at home. Missing you all and hope to be back in the office soon.
Love *Dr. B