It feels like I haven’t been in the office forever.

I miss seeing all of you.  The best part of my day is my interactions with all the people I care about; my team members and all of you, our patients.

Our team says hello!  They all seem to be doing alright.  We have decided to spend this time training.  Our list of “to do’s” is growing by the minute.  We are lucky that we have some great affiliations to lean upon.  We will be working with our Coach and using online training resources to make our team even better.  I wish you could have seen our team have our initial Zoom Video meeting.  You would have had a good laugh!  Login issues, dogs barking, kids crying, phones ringing, we had it all, but we got it done.

Thank you for your patience with the rescheduling.  With your help and understanding, Missy, Elizabeth, and Holly got it done.

I am tired of hearing about COVID-19.  Complaining about it and worrying about it won’t make it go away.  I need to keep updated about the latest news and recommendations, but for my own mental health, I find I need to limit my exposure to the news.  Trust though, I will be following the science and the data.  The ADA is promising to post some new treatment guidelines by early next week.  We will keep you updated.

The lack of testing has really handicapped the medical profession, because there is not enough data.  We owe the medical professionals guiding us through this pandemic a great debt.  They are working around the clock, trying to make the most prudent recommendations to keep us all safe.  Problem is, they are hand-cuffed by a lack of data.  We would not need blanket shut downs if we could test for the virus and isolate those infected rather than isolate everyone.

Best advice I heard on Wednesday:   Be Safe, Be Sane, and Decompress.   We are experiencing a problem we have never seen before and it will require a solution we can’t even comprehend as of yet.  We have great minds working on solutions and we all need to be patient.  I want answers as badly as all of you.  We can’t control what is happening, but we can control how we react.  Be safe, be smart, and be kind. This clip from Apollo 13 says it all.

So, what am I doing?  As I write this, I am listening to a three day live video dental conference.  It was organized in a few days and has 1800 dentists participating.  One of my mentors, Dr. Gary DeWood, spoke earlier from Arizona.  He had 20 minutes notice and spoke for an hour.  He jumped off his Peloton and into a Zoom conference.  We have a great professional community, pulling together to support each other.

I wanted to share an article by Michael Rozier, S.J.,an assistant professor of health management and policy and health care ethics at Saint Louis University on maintaining our humanity during this crisis.

Here are some of the things I am doing to cope.  Maybe this can help some of you.  I am asking our team members to share any ideas they may have.  I will post in the future.

  • Meditate. I have used the Calm app for years.  They offer at free 7-day trial.
  • Exercise-My physician who has been a marathon runner, once said to me; “you and I work out for our mental health. They physical benefits are secondary.”  Whether you are inside or outside, exercise relieves stress and give us all a break.  My favorite yoga app is DownDog and they are offering free access until April 1, 2020 and for teachers and students until July 1, 2020.
  • Visit some Historic Sites, virtually-Visit twelve historic sites from home
  • Go for a walk-No Headphones unless its music. We have great parks and forest preserves. The sunset Tuesday was beautiful.

  • Worship: Old St. Pats is streaming Masses.  The Mass from Sunday March 15, 2020 has over 28,000 views and St. Patrick’s Day had 4500 views.  The Wedding Music Fair showcases some wonderful musicians and singers.

Please be aware you are all in our prayers.  We are all in this together.  Please let us know what we could do to help all of you.

Tony and David Markiewicz and our Team

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