Update on COVID-19 Preparedness
Our team at Freshwater Wellness has been following the COVID-19 outbreak closely, and attempted to draft messages to inform our patients/clients as to the best way to adapt to these uncertain times. The rapidity with which new information is released, however, has thwarted our attempts thus far!
After the recent Executive Order released by Governor Whitmer, the closure of restaurants in the state, and new information regarding shedding of the virus in asymptomatic patients, we have decided that screening patients for symptoms and history of travel prior to their appointments is not a sufficient protocol to help mitigate the spread of the virus, and protect our at risk patients, family, friends and staff. Thus we have decided to close the office for 2 weeks (estimated re-open on Tuesday, March 31st). After that, we will be prescreen individuals for respiratory symptoms and travel history before scheduling appointments.
During that time, we will still have phone support, as Lisa and Anna will be working remotely, and Dr. Abigail will be offering telehealth visits for all naturopathic concerns. Additionally, she will be offering COVID-19 specific visits to those who would like to discuss any symptoms they are having and discuss how you can use what is in your cupboards to support your immune system. She also has mail order options for supplements and herbal formulations so that these items can be shipped right to your door. These visits will still require intake forms (which we can send electronically) and will last 30min. Dr. Abigail will be offering these visits at the follow up rate ($75), even if you are not an already established patient. NOTE: there are no known natural substances that work specifically on COVID-19, but we can offer supportive care if you are dealing with any symptoms.
Additionally, we want to take a moment to encourage you all to also self-isolate from the “contagion of anxiety,” as Dr. Johnson, one of Dr. Abigail’s colleagues in TC, has called it. Make a decision to be mindful of your health and the health of others and take this time as an opportunity to hit the pause button on the chaos of our regular lifestyles. To help with this, Dr. Abigail has put together a list of some self-care/self-reflection options in which some of you may be interested.
Podcasts: These can be found on Spotify, or there is a free podcast streaming app called Stitcher, that is also a good access point. Some of my favorites include:
All The Wiser: a socially minded storytelling podcast that gives back to the community. All of the interviews are with individuals who have amazing stories to tell, many of perseverance and resilience.
Invisibilia (“The Invisible Forces that Shape Human Behavior”): Another storytelling podcast in which a scientific phenomenon is illustrated through human-interest pieces.
Reply-All: for all of your tech questions and curiosities
Mortified: adults reading their diaries from their teen years…this one is cringe-worthy.
In Bed, with Nick and Megan: an interview based podcast hosted by Megan Mullaly and Nick Offerman, who also wrote the autobiographical novel The Greatest Love Story Ever Told, based on their 18 year marriage in Hollywood.
Puzzles: We know it sounds boring, but there is a strangely calming and therapeutic quality to completing a puzzle.
Exercise: Of course, the best option is to get outside and get in nature, but if you are finding it difficult to maintain your 6 ft personal space, then here are some options for at home exercises:
Pull out the old DVDs
Try a new app: FitOn is a free option with many different videos and workouts for anything you might be wanting.
Google “Prancercise.” No seriously, it’s glorious.
Eat well: Some of my favorite recipe websites include:
Consider buying and making things that can be easily frozen and kept for a few weeks. Some ideas may be: Chicken soup, Bone broth, Casseroles, etc.
There are tons of apps out there, and if you are a Samsung phone user, then you have access to one of the most well known “Calm” through S-health.
Consider Heart Math: https://www.heartmath.org/
Stay Informed: The information is coming at us pretty darn fast, so here is a list of some credible sources for you to check out:
Michigan Health and Human Services: https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus
Benzie-Leelanau County Health Department: http://www.bldhd.org/coronavirus-covid-19
Grand Traverse Health Department: http://gtchd.org/2231/COVID-19-Novel-Coronavirus
Health Department of Northwest Michigan: http://www.nwhealth.org/
Protect yourself: These have been going around a lot, but always a good reminder.
Wash your hands with soap and water
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
Avoid contact with people who are sick.
Stay home if you are sick and contact your healthcare provider.
We want to thank you all for your patience during this time, and if there is a silver lining that we can cite in all of this, it is the overwhelming support to protect our community and loved ones during this tumultuous time. We will keep you abreast to any changes in our plans and please let us know if there is anything we can do for you.