Friends, neighbors, patients, families…
We are approaching the weekend and the Easter Holiday. This is a special time and many celebratory traditions will be absent this year. It will be tempting to gather for the holiday and we understand the difficulty to maintain social distancing. We miss our family and friends too. However, Montana is still under shelter in place directives for the safety of our communities. We encourage you to use facetime, zoom, and other forms of communication to connect with loved ones. A phone call can not replace a hug from your loved ones; but it may help to stop the spread of this virus; and we hope you will find solace in the positive effects of your sacrifice.
If you know of friends and family gathering, and this is of concern to you, you may be feeling pressure to communicate with them and discourage gathering. This may not be an easy task. We have a couple of recommendations for your message. Be encouraging about your loved one’s role in contributing to the efforts of the entire community; and to take pride in their contribution to the overall efforts of our county, states and nation. We all have an opportunity to encourage and support each other, be cheerleaders and leaders. Each of us plays a role in uniting together to stand stronger than any challenges we may face. Sharing data and facts can be effective, while also paired with empathy and understanding.
PMC encourages each and every one of you to enjoy the holiday and remember to take care of yourself. Eat plenty of fruits and veggies throughout the day to keep your body healthy and strong. Try to get outside if you can; and get plenty of movement. Home workout are available online using search words like: “living room workout, body weight workout, at-home workout.” You can also enjoy a walk or bike ride while maintaining social distancing. Try to consume positivity and avoid watching lots of COVID-19 media and updates. Take deep breaths and be generous and forgiving if you let a few household chores slide. This is an emotional and trying time. Grieve if you have to, meditate or practice relaxing techniques you find may work for you. If you are concerned for others who may be feeling depressed, there are many useful resources online to help you learn how to talk with them openly. There are also resources available to call or text, including the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-8255.
Our entire facility is proud to be wearing masks, both within our facility and out in our community. The CDC is now recommending all community members wear these masks in public and areas where social distancing may be difficult to maintain. These recommendations are based on recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms and even those who are pre-symptomatic can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. Proper donning and docking to avoid contamination is available on our website or facebook page. Mask use is most effective when paired with hand hygiene and avoiding touching your face. Infographics and education on all mitigating efforts are available on our website! You can pick up your free mask from several locations in Conrad, including the coffee shops, restaurants, IGA, and Health Department.
We are all in this together and PMC is in this with you. Your efforts and strengths are applauded. We are proud to be part of the community who has risen to the occasion to support our own. Although these times are unprecedented and challenging, we find refuge in our fortune of living in a beautiful area with wonderful people. PMC thanks you for your partnership in health and we wish you a happy holiday. We are grateful to serve this area and will continue to do our best for you.
Happy Easter from the entire team at PMC!