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April 14, 2020 OTP Newsletter

Hey everyone and welcome to another edition of the Quarantine Times! Hope you’ve all been staying safe, and making the most of this weird opportunity to simplify life and to connect while we stay apart.

What’s New At The Office?:

Telemedicine: We’ve been doing telemedicine for a few weeks now and it’s going great! Families that have set up appointments have loved the ease and convenience, and we love seeing you guys!  The visits only take a few minutes, and we can evaluate and treat all sorts of issues while you stay safe at home.

Well Visits: Well visits are still essential for our younger patients who should not fall behind on vaccinations.  For our older patients, scheduling a well visit now may be a good idea, as the rush for summer and school physicals should be quite crazy when social distancing ends.  We’re now scheduling the majority of our well visits in the morning, before our sick visits.  Patients get brought into rooms directly from their car. Feel free to call the office to discuss any concerns you may have.

Fact You Need To Know!: The record for the longest living goldfish goes to Tish, from the UK, who lived to the ripe old age of 43 years! (or who had parents that switched it to Tish 2 all the way to Tish 37 without their kids seeing).

Keeping Busy and Entertained: It’s been weeks of this insanity already, and we’re looking at several more.  Parenting creativity is getting tested like never before!  Luckily, there are so many people and organizations in the world that are trying to help.  Here’s just a few ideas and sites.  If you have more, feel free to share on our Facebook page!

  • Cooking classes: Delish has online cooking classes made for parents and children.  You can find them on Instagram or if you’re reading online, click here.  Make a batch of cookies together!  That way, when you’re done, you’ve got cookies!
  • Museum tours: From the Museum of Natural History, to the Boston Children’s Museum, to museums across the globe, there are virtual tours available to see many of the world’s wonders.  For a great list, go to https://www.nymetroparents.com/article/museums-with-virtual-tours or click here.
  • Reading time: While schools are closed, Audible has a large amount of audio books available free of charge.  Sit with the family, make some popcorn, and listen to a variety of books for everyone from young children to teens.  Stories.audible.com
  • Elmo’s Virtual Playdate: Elmo and the gang will be hanging out with Lin-Manuel Miranda and other famous folk tonight at 7pm (though it will likely be available online after that). You can find it on WarnerMedia Networks including HBO, TNT, TBS, Cartoon Network, Boomerang and truTV and the PBS Kids Video app.
  • Let music tame your savage beasts! Visit the NY Philharmonic Kid Zone for interactive activities designed to introduce your kids to all sorts of instruments and classical music.
  • Finally, there’s, well 1000 more things.  Online art and doodling classes, online singalongs, kids yoga, taekwondo classes.  If you can think it, it’s out there.  And if it’s not, get your kids together and create a class!

Social distancing is not easy, but it’s still super important.  Stay home, stay safe, and know that we’re here for you 7 days a week.