Hello all APTA Pediatrics Members,
It seems improbable that just 5 weeks ago (prior to CSM) I wrote:
“2020 will be a new beginning for all of us. As we embrace our past and look forward to the future - REMEMBER we are all in this together! Let’s continue the vision and passion for the families and the profession WE SERVE.”
None of us could ever have imagined or predicted that new beginning would be a pathway into one of the most unprecedented and extreme challenges that anyone in our lifetime has experienced. In the coming weeks, as we forge ahead into the unknown, REMEMBER we are all in this together! I urge all of us to focus on what we know as opposed to what we don’t know. Focus on what we can do as opposed to what we can’t. Look for the facts and ignore the fear.
COVID-19 is sprinting across the globe, facilitating fear, holding us hostage, and making us question if life and the world will ever return to the way it once was. Realistically, we are all experiencing apprehension, anxiety, anguish, and despair.
During this rapidly changing environment and time of uncertainty, APTA Pediatrics leadership and APTA have worked collaboratively to provide our membership with resources and information related to practice areas, telehealth, legislation, and advocacy. APTA Pediatrics has enlisted volunteers to check the website for accuracy, as things change constantly. The Private Practice Section of APTA (https://ppsapta.org) has opened its resourceful site to members and nonmembers.
Remember, we are facing these uncharted challenges as pediatric physical therapists. We are individuals that are optimistic with a permanent sense of wonder:
- A sense that doesn’t allow us to give up on anyone.
- A sense that seeks new solutions.
- A sense the bolsters the strength we possess to forge forward with vision and passion, push boundaries, reject fear, and find a pathway to that optimistic new beginning.
We are in this together as a profession, as a community, as a nation, as one world. Now more than ever, our APTA President Dr Sharon Dunn’s belief that we are “Better Together” is imperative to lead us through this chaotic uncharted territory. THANK YOU, President Dunn, you have APTA Pediatrics support and appreciation for your leadership. We vote “aye" to Private Practice Section President, Sandra Norby’s second to your call for us to each do "our best to make a positive impact on society in a moment in time where there are no easy solutions.” I hope you have all taken a moment to read Dr Dunn’s letter on the impact of COVID-19.
Whenever I am struggling to find answers or to sort out what I know or do not know, I find myself listening to John Denver and thinking of how appropriate his words are:
“It's about time we realize it, we're all in this together.
It's about time we find out, it's all of us or none.
It's about time, it's about changes, and it's about time.
It's about time we start to live it, the family of man.
It's about peace and it's about plenty and it's about time,
It's about you and me together and it's about time.”
Wishing you and your families health and wellness. I urge you to take this gift of time together, embrace one another, keep your sense of wonder, and always be safe. Hugs to you all.
Take a moment, put on your headphone or blast it with your family and listen to two of John’s poplar songs to lead us along this unknown, unfamiliar pathway.
Perhaps Love - John Denver
Perhaps love is like a resting place
A shelter from the storm
It exists to give you comfort
It is there to keep you warm
And in those times of trouble
When you are most alone
The memory of love will bring you home...
Heart to Heart - John Denver
There's another side to sorrow
As there is to everything
Like the other side of lonely
Is falling in love again
And then you know that there's an answer
To the suffering we see
And though it isn't easy
It's still as simple as you and me
And you'll know that love is everywhere
Always safe, always true
And exactly where it comes from
Is where it's going to....
You and all the families we serve are in my thoughts.
Cindy Miles, PT, PhD
Board-Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist
APTA Pediatrics President