THE OT OBSERVER
. • Nick Roselli - Therapy N R-QT S peciali z in g in H and and U pper Ext re m i ty R eha b ili t a t ion
JULY 2020 WWW.NROTHANDREHAB.COM
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SELF-CARE, HEALTH CARE, AND COMING TOGETHER AS A COMMUNITY
A couple weeks ago, I headed outside for an afternoon of golf. My game was terrible, but it didn’t really matter. It was a beautiful day, and I felt lucky to be outside. All that’s happened in the last couple months has really put into perspective how much I usually take for granted. A year ago, I wouldn’t have thought that a round of golf would feel like a vacation. Through all this, I’ve been noticing some changes in my habits and finding new activities to replace those that have been put on pause. I’ve found myself cooking a lot more since I’ve been home, barbecuing meat and fish and trying out different recipes. I don’t think it’s something I would be doing if it weren’t for being home so much, but I’m actually realizing it’s something I enjoy. It’s a lot easier to make healthy meals when I make them myself, so I think I’m going to try and stick with this habit even when it’s possible to eat a meal out. I know for some people in our community, there isn’t a moment to relax. Our health care workers on the front lines of this thing have gone above and beyond to save lives. I have a couple of patients, as well as friends,
who have been working on the front lines, and I have been thinking about all of them through this. I am so grateful to them for all they are doing. I want to say a big thank-you to all of you. You are doing an incredible service for our community, and you are appreciated. I’m also so appreciative of all our grocery store staff and the people providing other essential services so we can get the food and medicine we need. I’ve been making an effort to shop locally to support other local businesses in our community. This has been a wild ride, but I think we can get through it if we support each other. It’s also good to keep in mind that even when you’re home, exercising and taking care of yourself is not just an option but a necessity. It’s become even more important that we practice self-care to keep ourselves healthy and well. Self-care is looking out for yourself and your needs and engaging in activities that promote your well-being. These don’t have to be costly or time- consuming, either — it can be as simple as taking a nap, practicing breathing exercises for five minutes, or scheduling a telehealth visit with your occupational therapist.
Continuing health care is practicing good self-care. Telehealth visits provide a way for you to access occupational therapy, talk to your primary care physician, and access any mental health services that might help you get through this all while you’re at home. Know that we’re here for you and have both virtual and in-person appointments available. Please reach out if you have any questions. You deserve to go through this life without the pain caused by an injury or another issue, and we can help you get there.
–Nick Roselli, OTR/L,CHT, Owner
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