The lowdown on lockdown

I’ve been writing this blog for almost a year and a half now once a week on a Sunday. I think last week though was the first time I’ve ever forgotten about it. Is it just me or do all the days seem to be the same under lockdown? I’m sure it was Tuesday before I realised we’d passed Sunday last week.

We’ve been trying to mix it up as much as we can at home in terms of different things for the kids to do, from baking to scavenger hunts, painting, hide and seek, and of course a good chunk of Disney films. To be fair they seem to be alright about not leaving the house much, so I guess we’re lucky with how young they are. It must be harder for parents with older children to keep them entertained, and hats off especially to those who are homeschooling!

I was actually due to come back to work from paternity leave when lockdown started so for me on the one hand it’s been really nice to extend that and spend more proper quality time with the family. On the other hand I do miss working and realise what a privilege it is to have a job that I really enjoy.

A lot of people have of course been able to continue to work from home and I wonder will that become much more common now after the pandemic is over? Obviously that can’t really be done for the dental profession which is a shame as I’ve got a good few ‘helpers’ when I’ve been trying to get some work done:

‘Working’ from home

Our dentists have been taking it in turns to answer the phones remotely during our normal working hours and now at the weekends too, so that’s actually been quite nice get to talk to some of our patients as normally it’s our reception staff who answer all the calls.

We’re missing seeing our staff every day too so really looking forward to our virtual staff bake off this week which will have to be judged purely on presentation only. I think this might work in my favour as for our last bake off my reduced sugar chocolate brownies all looked half decent but sadly ended up in the bin after the all important taste test. 🤦🏻‍♂️

Other quarantine activities for us include wallpaper stripping, zoom quizzes with friends and planting new veg in the garden (managed to harvest some spring onions that we first planted last year – again not too great on the taste test though, they might even just be some form of grass 🤷🏻‍♂️😳.)

So I’d love to hear how our patients are spending their lockdowns too especially if there’s any good activities/suggestions/challenges to share!

Give us a call on our normal number 01415573488 or the practice Whatsapp 07469764766 if we can be of any help at the moment.

Take care all, stay safe and let’s hear how you’re spending your lockdowns!

Joe

Joseph Watson BDS MFDS RCPS MSc (Implantology)

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