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These last few months have been a trying time for us all. The COVID-19 pandemic dramatically changed day-to- day life. Here are a few resources our team at APN Physical Therapy were very grateful for while we were hunkering down during the pandemic. Grocery delivery and pickup services became a lifesaver for my family. We were using Amazon and the Walmart Grocery app a lot more often during the shelter-in-place order. But we quickly learned that if we wanted to get the groceries we needed, we had to get our order in really early because these services got backed up very quickly. There was one night where my wife had to get on at 2 a.m. and was up until 3 a.m. placing our order. She really is the best. The shelter-in-place order turned all of our routines upside-down. My wife is a teacher, so she had to do the end of the school year online. My kids all also had to jump into online classes, including my three oldest who are all in college. When they didn’t have schoolwork to do, jigsaw puzzles suddenly became a very popular way to pass the time at our house. As for me, the clinic was only open three days a week because we saw a massive drop in patients coming in. I found myself looking forward to cutting my grass or gardening once a week just to have something to do! It’s been a long, strange few months, but I think my lawn is going to look pretty good this summer. – Peter B. McHugh, PT PASSING THE TIME WHAT RESOURCES HELPED YOU DURING QUARANTINE?
called “Living in Jesus: Growing in the Life We Were Made to Live.” It’s all about God, religion, and our purpose in life as human beings. This book isn’t for everyone, but I really enjoyed reading it and answering the questions after each chapter. It really helped me get through the uncertain times.
FaceTime became a very important tool for my family during the pandemic. My family is really close, and being apart for so long drove everyone a little crazy. Being able to see each other over FaceTime helped a lot. I even taught my grandma how to use FaceTime and she loves it! She has six great-grandkids. Getting to see them and talk to them as much as possible made staying at home a lot easier on her. Video feeds like this also became really important for my church. My uncle is a pastor in North Jersey, and every Wednesday night, he hosts a bible study on Facebook live. On Sunday morning, my church was also streaming services over Facebook. Being able to stay connected with my faith community was a huge blessing. My church may even continue streaming services after the pandemic because they saw more people attending on Facebook than they usually see in person, even before the COVID-19 mess started. It’s really cool to see technology keep us all connected.
To be honest, the shelter-in-place order didn't change my routine too much. I’m a homebody, so I prefer staying home over going out any day. That said, it was hard not seeing my parents. My parents are both older, and I didn’t want to risk getting them sick. Fortunately, we were able to talk on the phone and text often. The clinic was only open three days a week, so I was spending a lot more time at home. The dogs were very happy to have me and the extra treats during the day, though they could have gone without me interrupting their naps. I used the extra time to clean the house and cook more. I was going to the grocery store less, so I wanted to make what I had in my pantry last by trying new recipes. On Easter, I made chicken parmesan and brownies for my boyfriend and me to enjoy. This isn’t something I normally make, and I was really happy with how well it turned out. It was really the little things that helped us get through these difficult weeks.
During the shelter-in-place order, I found myself watching Netflix on my phone a lot more than I usually do. I had quite a bit of extra free time, so why not spend it catching up on some classic movies? Of course, I didn’t spend the entire quarantine binging Netflix. I also spent more time reading. I’ve never been a big reader, so I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I ordered a lesson book on Amazon that had workbook questions after each chapter so I could really engage with the material. It was a really good way to pass the time. The book I got was
As we return to a sense of normalcy, we hope you and your family are healthy and safe. How did you spend your time in quarantine? We’d love to hear your stories and catch up next time you come in!
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