The return to work has had many challenges. There has been a lot of focus on all the PPE we need. Working with the extra PPE has required a great deal of adaptability but it is doable.
The other challenges are also formidable. Social distancing in the office amongst staff and patients has meant that we have had to rework our schedule and adapt to a longer work day. I cannot thank my staff enough for being able to pivot so quickly.
Wearing a mask all day long is tiring. What I find most difficult is trying to communicate with my patients with a mask. It is incredible to realize how much we rely on facial expressions (and our smiles) to communicate with others.
In the end, we are making it work. Our patients have been fantastic at adapting to the new protocols! Every day that passes seems like we are getting closer to establishing the new normal.