Dr. Aaron Weisbord is a Cardiologist. With the advent of Covid 19 last March, he totally shut down his office for a few weeks. At that time he only saw emergency cases in person. When he returned to work, he interacted with his patients via Telehealth. After setting up his office, adhering to corona guidelines, his office reopened. Presently he uses Telehealth for the 5% of patients, who are not comfortable coming into the office.
Aaron sees his heart patients at South County Hospital. Some of the patients have covid. It’s hard. The patients can’t see family. They are desperately alone. They stay in touch via phone, Facetime and/or Zoom. Those with dementia don’t understand what’s going on. There’s increased stress. At first Aaron was concerned about bringing covid home. Now he’s been vaccinated. The stress and anxiety, that accompanies the fear of getting sick or being sick from the virus, can adversely affect a patient’s health. It can cause an increase in blood pressure and other adverse effects. Oftentimes the patient has difficulty distinguishing between illness and anxiety symptoms.
Aaron hopes that people will be cognizant of their collective responsibility to each other, and heed the plea from the scientific and medical community to wear masks, observe social distancing and wash their hands often. The virus has a myriad of different presentations, and we haven’t yet learned what causes such a difference in the presentation of the disease. As an example, if three people get together and one has covid, one of the three could get the sniffles and the other could die. For the sickest patients it’s a terrible death.
Dr. Weisbord feels restored when he is able to help people and address their concerns and anxieties. When he can improve a patient’s outlook, he feels better. He hopes, that when things get back to normal, people will have developed an appreciation for life, and all the things that were lost and missed during the pandemic.
To remain balanced, Aaron tries to get outside. For him, work keeps him going, and inspires him to keep going. He has a healthy perspective, and likes helping people. He believes that goodness goes a long way to diminish pain and suffering.
One of his mottos is keep going, move forward, we’ll get there!