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Answering the Call - May 2020 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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1 1 0 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • M A Y 2 0 2 0 I t's been nearly two months since the coronavirus began to invade every facet of our day-to-day lives. Heck, it virtually shut down our very livelihood when elective surgeries went on hiatus. Tens of thousands of lives have been lost to this pandemic. The national unemployment rate is the highest it's been since the Great Depression. Eating out has been revamped. No parties. Celebrating any occasion with 10 or more people has been nixed. No sporting events. No shopping. Nothing good has come from the nationwide shutdown. Or has it? Let's take a deep breath from behind our N95s (if you have one!) and open our minds to pandemic positivity. People are ordering what they need online. There are no parking problems or traffic. Fuel is being saved and the cost is down (gas here in Arkansas is $1.44 a gallon). The smog has finally lifted in Los Angeles. That lack of smell you're experiencing is not a COVID-19 symptom. It's clean air. We get to work from home in pajamas — sweats when we get gussied up for Zoom meetings. We're also finally going to see our nurse friends' true hair color. More people are home with their chil- dren. Parents in health care sometimes don't see their children awake for days at a time due to work and call schedules from hell. People are cooking at home, and families are sitting down together at dinner tables or even in front of the TV. (Screen time rules be damned.) When was the last time you gathered in the family room to watch a family movie or prime time G-rated show? Some families are doing old fashioned things like putting puzzles together and baking Positivity During a Pandemic You don't have to look hard to find reasons for gratitude. Behind Closed Doors Paula Watkins, RN

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