Physical Therapy Doctor - June 2020

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June 2020

ON THE

MOVE

OFFERING A HELPING HAND

Hopefully by the time this newsletter finds its way to your mailbox, things are starting to get back to normal. I’m picturing people out walking in the streets again, some businesses opening up a bit, and maybe even whole conversations going by without the words “coronavirus” or “social distancing” being used. That really would be the dream! We’re not quite there yet, though, so for now, I thought I’d give you a look at what these last few crazy months have been like for me and mine. First, I want to say I’ve been really lucky through this pandemic. So far, my family has stayed healthy and safe, and even my kids aren’t going too stir-crazy, which is miraculous for two teenage boys. I’m not going to lie, it’s not so easy having a 14- and 16-year-old home all day, every day for weeks on end. But overall, I think Michael and Matthew have adapted really well to the whole thing. My biggest complaint is that they’ve been working out so much that they’ve bumped me out of my own home gym! Maybe I should be more upset about the thievery, but as a physical therapist, I can’t help but be proud, too. Exercise is a great outlet, and it’s good to see them getting stronger. Plus, I still manage to sneak in an hourlong workout every evening. That ritual, my work at the clinic, and my 15-minute Wim Hof breathing routine each morning have been keeping me both busy and sane through this. If you haven’t tried one of Wim’s breathing exercises yourself, I’d really encourage you to try it out. It’s a great way to boost your energy and your immune system because it floods your body with a lot of oxygen. When I can pry the boys away from the gym, it’s usually a Saturday. We’ll take a long bike ride down the Boulevard, grab a frozen yogurt from Red Mango (with proper precautions, of course), and chat away the afternoon. Then, we’ll head home and chow down on some of the amazing food my wife, Maria, has been cooking. With the boys both still growing and working out constantly, there has been a big demand for food in our house lately. That has kept Maria busy, even though she misses her job at our local middle school. When she complains to me that the boys are always hungry, I just give her this helpful piece of encouragement: “Just wait until they’re 18 or 19!” Usually, I get an eye roll or a death glare in response.

Of course, through all of this, my second home has been my clinic where I’ve been working around the clock. For a while, I was wearing all the hats — treating patients, working the front desk, and manning the phones — but I’ve been able to bring back a few of my staff members now; I couldn’t be happier. We’re taking precautions to make our facility as safe as possible. We’ve moved half of our tables out to make sure the ones we do have are 6 feet apart, we’re taking everyone’s temperatures when they come in, we’re washing our hands and wearing masks, and we’re regularly wiping down the whole clinic with our hospital-grade germicidal cleaner.

Everything we’re doing at the clinic is aimed at making things easier for

people because we know times are tough. We’re open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to ensure no one who needs us goes untreated during this pandemic. As our way of pitching in to help the community, we’re also donating funds to Feeding America to provide meals for people who are food insecure. If you’d like to contribute, just let me know when you call in or stop by. Every dollar provides 10 meals, so even a single buck goes a long way!

Wishing you safety and good health,

–Dr. Robert Morea

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