Patient Leader Perspective on Coronavirus
The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted the way all of us manage our health. The crisis is particularly concerning for individuals with cancer and compromised immune systems, or those with chronic conditions who depend on medical imaging to manage their disease. Here are some thoughts from our Right Scan Right Time patient leaders on how they are coping and their advice for others:
We are staying at home! When my husband goes to the store, he is vigilant about keeping his distance from others and never touches his face.
When I had chemotherapy recently, no family caregivers where allowed in the treatment center. I was stopped before entering to answer health questions and get my temperature checked. Stay home and be vigilant about your health!
I’m following the guidance from the Center for Disease Control, physicians, and politicians on what to do. Mainly that means holing up with no visitors and avoiding public places at all costs. If necessary, for prescription or food, I’m wearing a mask and avoiding close contact with any and all.
Anything non-essential is on hold. I avoid as much as I can touching common area items such as elevator buttons, doorknobs, handrails, etc. If it’s unavoidable, I wash my hands immediately.
To help cope with the stress, focus on what’s good in your life. Write out five things every day you’re thankful for. They can overlap from day to day but keep focused on what’s positive in your world. This too shall pass!
My wife and I are both considered “essential” workers, but thus far, we have been able to work from home. Our kids are out of school through the end of the school year, so we are doing distance learning for them on top of constant teleconferences for us. It’s been a challenge, but we are doing OK!
My advice is to do what you need to do to protect yourself and your family. Don’t sacrifice your safety for work or other things if avoidable. That said, social distancing is meant to be physical distancing. Don’t alienate your friends and family. Stay in touch as much as possible because this is the time people need social interaction. Try some Zoom calls with friends and family–it’s fun!
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