Checking in. How are you?

How are you all doing?

I miss you.

I usually put out a newsletter near the beginning of each season. I just haven’t been able to get going on it.

I’m at home nearly all the time. I am healthy, doing ecstatic dance and yoga classes online, eating healthy, taking really good supplements, meditating, staying on top of my physical and mental health care.

Well, at least I had hand washing down before this!

I’ve been getting caught up on chores at home: moving my bookshelf, reorganizing my books, sorting receipts for taxes, cleaning.

I have plenty to do: a stack of books to read, access to online entertainment.

But sometimes it’s hard to get motivated. I feel some sadness and some anxiety about this.

When that happens, I find some solace in silently taking in the natural world — mockingbirds and mourning doves, beautiful shades of green (my favorite color), clouds, watching it rain, walking barefoot outside when the rain stops.

I live alone and wish I’d gotten a cat or a dog and planted a garden before this sheltering in place started. I can still do those things. There’s a risk to going out, though, that wasn’t there before.

I guess we’re all learning more about viruses and immunity and public health policies than we’d ever imagined.

I care about you. I hope you are well and healthy, practicing good self-care, and that if you get the virus, it’s the mild version. Or even better, the symptomless version.

What’s it like to not go to your job?

What’s it like if you’re considered an essential worker and are still having to work?

What’s it like if your income suddenly dropped?

What’s it like if you’re on the front lines, as my RN daughter will soon be?

What’s it like to be home with kids all day, if you haven’t been?

What’s it like if you have a medical condition that’s been put on the back burner because all medical resources are focusing on treating the virus?

I feel hopeful that when this pandemic is over, we can rebuild a better society and live saner, more fulfilling lives.

Since so much of my life, especially the craniosacral therapy and the meditation practice I have, is about connecting to Source, calming yours and my nervous systems, and listening with healing intent as our systems shift in response and augment our innate healing abilities, I’m investigating and preparing to practice distance healing.

It’s a way to connect.

If you need someone to send healing energies your way, just let me know. I could use a couple more people to practice on.

Coronavirus precautions

If you have a fever, cough, sniffles, cold, or flu symptoms, please let me know so we can reschedule your appointment. There will be no charge for cancellations within 24 hours.

Some of the people who come to our offices are infants, elderly, or otherwise people whose immune systems may not be robust. We want to do what we can to protect them and everyone, including ourselves, from getting sick.

We have tissues in the waiting room and the bathroom and soap for washing your hands. We practitioners wash our hands well between seeing patients. (This was our practice long before coronavirus — it’s part of our training.)

I keep hand sanitizer available to use in my office,  and I use it myself on my hands as soon as I complete an intraoral TMJ treatment and wash them well after each patient leaves. We are wiping down doorknobs, light switches, faucets, and other objects frequently touched as well.

I am 60+ and very healthy. I had a mild, 2-day cold in fall 2019, and I could not remember how long it had been since my previous cold — it was at least 3 years. My immune system appears to be strong.

However, if the coronavirus starts spreading in Austin from person to person, I may decide to put my work on hold, simply because it seems to be more severe for older people and no one knows exactly why.

Thank you for your consideration as we move together through this uncertainty.