WELLNESS TIP OF THE WEEK
Bringing Patients and Clinicians Closer Together Through the Use of Technology
Garrett Bomba, MD, Chief Physician Executive / Pentucket Medical
The coronavirus pandemic is changing the way we interact with each other day by day. More social distancing means medical and behavioral health care clinicians are finding new ways to provide care to their patients. The use of telehealth is making that easier.
What does that mean to you?
It means that health care is provided over the phone or web so that patients can stay connected to their clinician. These virtual appointments can be used for initial COVID-19 screenings and routine exams as well as help to support those with chronic diseases such as diabetes, all while at home.
From pediatric visits to seniors who have a question about their prescription medications, the use of telemedicine, by either phone or video, provides greater access to a clinician. For many, this has proven to be an invaluable resource and it is anticipated that telemedicine visits will continue once the pandemic is over.
Though telemedicine is providing greater access for patients to clinicians, there are some clinical situations where in person appointments are necessary.
If you have questions about how your plan covers telehealth and telemedicine, reach out to your insurance provider.
WELLNESS AROUND THE WEB
A Far Deadlier Strain: A History of the Spanish Flu
The pandemic has put us into an interesting frame of mind. Many of us turn to the future, such as the telemedicine provided by Pentucket Medical noted above, and the past, to help make sense of the present.
David Roos, writing for The History Channel website, put together an excellent history of the 1918 influenza pandemic. Yes, it’s frightening, and if you are feeling prone to anxiety, it might not be for you — after all, the disease killed “an estimated 20 to 50 million” people. That’s more, as the article states, than the total of soldiers and civilians killed during World War I.
If we are willing to face our fears, we can learn a lot from historical responses to pandemics. Plus, historical distance can serve as a gentle reminder that the current state of affairs will not last forever. Check it out here. >>>
SHED Children’s Campus Offers Weekly Virtual Meditation
Starting this Wednesday, April 1, at 6:30, SHED Children’s Campus is offering a free family friendly meditation on their Facebook page.
Linda Shottes Bouchard mentioned the idea when she appeared on The 495 last week. She also cited some great ways kids can connect with nature, get outside and practice mindfulness training at home. Check it out in the archives!
Music for Self-Isolation
The people at the music website Pitchfork put together a nice list of music to ease the sense of isolation. It contains a few personal favorites (Smog, ambient artist Laraaji (the man who made it cool to wear orange), and Thelonious Monk), as well as some nice deep cuts, such as a killer instrumental version of “Wichita Lineman.” There’s plenty of stuff here that isn’t to my tastes, but that’s what is great about eclectic lists. Dig in. You’ll find something soothing, I’m sure.
Home Health Foundation Shares Video On COVID-19 Response
Home Health Foundation President and CEO Karen Gomes posted a video in which she addresses the revised visitor policy at High Pointe House, the addition of telehealth services for some patients and a call for additional personal protective equipment supplies from community partners as their organization plans for a potential surge of patients with COVID-19. Watch below and make sure to subscribe to foundation’s YouTube channel for updates.
An Unexpected Bestseller — Journal of a Plague Year Selling Out
UK website The Telegraph is reporting that copies of Daniel Defoe’s 1722 novel “Journal of a Plague Year,” are flying off the virtual shelves. The Penguin paperback edition was sold-out on Amazon U.K. The U.S. Amazon website has copies, however.
Say you really are in a mood for a novel set during the plague? Consider other options than Amazon. Jabberwocky Bookshop in Newburyport is offering free delivery to its loyal customers. Call them for details, or visit their website. Their knowledgeable staff can offer suggestions based on your tastes and interests.
You also might want to check out their crowdfunding campaign — local bookstores were struggling even before this crisis began, and if we don’t work together and support them, they won’t be here when it’s over. Let ‘em know they’ve loved.
If you’re looking for more information on COVID-19, please visit our Health Resource Directory which is updated daily. >>>