Rachel is a psychotherapist, who is seeing her patients remotely. She reports that she and her family are fine.
Rachel says that using telehealth took some getting used to, but overall has been grateful for the opportunity to work remotely. Since she’s working remotely, she doesn’t feel like she’s on the frontline.
Rachel hopes that the pandemic will help to open people’s eyes and stimulate dialogue about such topics as: access to paid sick leave and healthcare; systemic racism and structural inequality; and the critical need to protect renters from eviction and workers from unemployment.
The pandemic has caused many of the same stresses on the home front, which have been typical for families. Examples are everyone home at the same time trying to work and not disrupt each other, and enduring the sameness of every week. In many ways the pandemic has been hardest on the kids. Her youngest son has really missed socializing with friends, being in school, performing music with others, and time with grandparents and cousins. The oldest son has taken a break from college, since all classes were virtual. He’s since moved to VT while he decides on next steps.
When asked about a light at the end of the tunnel, Rachel mentioned the vaccine. She’s worried about her mom, and hopes that she will get the vaccine soon. Rachel strongly believes that in RI the people in the Health Department have good heads on their shoulders, and are doing the best they can to deal with the difficult job of vaccine distribution.
Rachel is looking forward to the longer days and milder weather of spring, when we can be more engaged with people outside. Rachel says, “ no matter what’s going on, the days will get longer and we’ll all feel better!”