Pandemic check-in: Q&A with Edward W. Jew III, MD
How are you feeling as we reach one year since the pandemic changed our way of life?
It is very difficult to say how I am feeling as I have been very fortunate to have traversed the last year unscathed by the physical and economic hardships many have so sadly endured. My life is slower now but more complicated, which leaves me aggravated at times.
What has helped you stay strong during this time?
I have stayed strong by focusing on helping others. Our practice has stayed open during this turbulence to provide a safe environment and to be there for those who seek and need our help.
How have you stayed connected to others during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Although I have used the internet and video technology, mostly I have stayed connected via the telephone, especially with our patients.
What positive changes have come from this?
The positive aspects are the extraordinary gestures of kindness that have been shown to us, especially with supplies when they were needed the most.
What advice do you have for others struggling?
My advice for others is to do all the things they used to, but in a different way. Look for the good and be thankful for the small gifts each day brings
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
This situation has caused many to feel overwhelmed. It has caused feelings of great anger, sadness, despair, escalating worry that the worst will occur and astonishment that others don’t see the gravity of the situation. All that being said, in the last year, I have seen beautiful national and state parks, the comet NEOWISE, numerous waterfalls, the great comfort of home, and the joy of a challenge in finding a new way.
I have the deepest appreciation for gifts received, and the love I have been given has helped to endure all the hardships.