#6 surprised to miss? #12 small moments?
photo credit: John Cameron
The editors of triage are proud to announce that this post has been curated by health humanities scholar and guest editor, Sarah Berry, PhD. She joins us from SUNY Oswego, where she is currently a visiting assistant professor. In addition to this role, she co-leads the Health Humanities Consortium curriculum and assessment subcommittee.
#6 Is there anything that you're surprised to miss during the pandemic?
Normal routines. Normal neighborly interactions.
I weirdly want to go to a bakery. I don't usually go to bakeries very much.
Sitting at a coffee shop and not worrying about people walking by me.
Quick, stress-free trips to the grocery store.
Seeing co-workers more
Gym, food restaurants, seeing people in person, hugs. my doggie who died a few months ago
10% of my salary
I'm not surprised about it, but I miss surgery a lot
Seeing peoples’ faces and coming to work. Also my nanny!
Gym access. I usually have to drag myself to go but now that I can't I miss it
Gym (but not really).
Not having to worry that I didn't lysol the lysol container after I touched it.
The option of leaving my house even when on days off previously, I rarely left
Seeing my other co-residents
I miss waking up at 5 am to go to work every day
The Library... all its wonderful fresh distractions
I will never take going out to dinner for granted again. Or getting a hair cut from a professional.
I really miss going out with friends
Massages, travel, eating out, races, friends, gatherings of any type.
People watching. Dancing. Hugging friends and coworkers.
I really miss hugging my friends.
Yes, crowded spaces.
Our weekly teaching conference
Routine, uncomplicated fast-track patients
Not really missing much to tell you the truth--maybe the ready supply of good toilet paper.
Not having to wear a mask, and the freedom to travel as I wish.
Browsing the home goods sections at Marshalls
Having people in my living room.
I didn't realize how much I love hugs.
Going to the office?
Going to church
Dog park joy of pet
photo credit: Andrea Bertozzini
#12 What small moments have taken on added meaning for you?
There are the most amazing hawks and owls I am noticing in the forest next to our house. They are easier to see without the leaves in yet.
Going on a run but being careful to swerve people, or laughing as they swerve completely out of my way
Talking to colleagues via text.
Laughing with my siblings
When you're on quarantine for what seems like a lifetime, and you go for a walk (in a wide open space!), and you see a stranger's smiling face, you say hello... I think, "oh, thank God, I'm not alone."
Making coffee in the morning with my family
Crawling into bed
Going to the grocery store
Being in nature
Delivering a baby (I'm an OB resident), proof that life continues even in weird situations
Reading young children’s books out loud to my now big kids..... remembering when they were little and the days at home felt similarly long. Taking solace in the simple messages in those books at the end of the day... love, acceptance for who you are, forgiveness
Spending time with friends at work
Putting my kids to bed at night, random texts from parents of my kids’ friends thanking me or reaching out to me
Updating family members more than usual.
Going to the bathroom by myself, my kids are always around.
Watching birds, nature, appreciating family and pets more!
Delivering food to my son and his/ my family
Seeing we still have some toilet paper left when I get up in the morning.
Getting in the car and going for a drive. It’s a nice change of scenery.
All social interactions
Businesses that are hurting in the community bringing food to the ED
ANIMALS. Watching them, how hard they work, how little they complain.
Enjoying "family time" on Animal Crossing.
Hugging my family members
Seeing my co-residents
Going to work. Leaving the house. Grocery shopping.
Walks with my dog, laughing on the couch, and Thai food take out.
Extra time with patients when it’s slow.