“Leslie, where did you go?”
“Hi, are you taking appointments again yet?”
“Soooo…long time, no see….”
The approaches have come over and over during the last couple of months, and I haven’t been able to head them off before they happen because people are looking for me from such a variety of places. I’ve tried noting on my google listing and Facebook page, and there’s several blog posts and a notation on my website, and I’ve shut down the scheduler… but I still get phone calls every week. I haven’t been the most communicative, because I’ve been adjusting and even sort of mourning my old normal way of life.
And I’m grateful that I haven’t been forgotten, but I’m still not working because the pandemic isn’t over. It’s not even close, unfortunately, and there’s no go-to therapeutic or vaccine that would make it safe for me to spend hours on end in a small poorly ventilated room, even with just one client at a time, rebreathing the same air in a community with widespread unchecked COVID-19. We’re in another uptick here and the mask wearing & social distancing isn’t getting better from what I see on my social media.
I know there are many other massage therapists that are open, and that it’s been legal to do so for a while. I won’t give a referral to any of them, because if it was safe I’d be doing it myself. And I couldn’t live with it if my referral led to the illness of you or a family member.
I plan to come back, I do. If everything goes well with some of the vaccines in stage 3 trials, it should be in the spring of 2021, or whenever there’s a widely available and effective vaccine. I’ll be finding a new office situation and keeping in touch. Talk to you all soon.