This Newsletter is an independent publication, and is not a product of the Central Oregon Dental Society, Oregon Dental Association or the American Dental Association. This Newsletter relies on the dental community, its readers and Editor for its content and aims to relay announcements, information and dialogue relevant to the Central Oregon Dental Community.
- This issue of the Central Oregon Dental News is brought to you through the generous support of:
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- — Elite Dental Arts —
- — GO REMOTE DENTAL SOLUTIONS —
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- CONTENTS OF NEWSLETTER:
- Upcoming Central Oregon Meetings & Events
- Central Oregon Dental News
- Volunteer Opportunities
- Classified Ads
- Regional CE Calendar
- More Info.
- Dear Dr. Rupert
UPCOMING CENTRAL OREGON MEETINGS & EVENTS
(Please email or send any dental related events or courses that you would like posted on this calendar.)
December 11, 2021 Pit & Fissure Sealant Course for Dental Assistants
- 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
- COCC Bend Campus Health Careers Center Room 140
- $195 (payment due at registration)
- Registration/Refund Deadline: November 22
- Instructor: Lynn Murray
- For more information (541-383-7270) & to register: https://www.enrole.com/cocc/jsp/session.jsp?sessionId=FA21PITFISSDA.1&courseId=PITFISSDA&categoryId=10191
This Oregon Board of Dentistry approved course teaches Expanded Function Dental
Assistants(EFDA) the placement of pit and fissure sealants. Attendees will receive their curriculum completion form after successfully completing the course and providing a copy of their EFDA certification. The morning session includes lecture followed by a 25-question multiple choice exam. An 80% or better score is required to proceed to the lab/clinical sessions in the afternoon. Each student must bring a patient for the clinical part of the class and supply some materials.
What Students Need to Bring:
- A copy of your EFDA certificate. (If you are not yet EFDA certified, we will hold your course completion form until you become certified)
- You must bring a patient for the clinical part of the class (afternoon). Your patient must have a signed prescription form from their dentist for the placement of at least two pit and fissure sealants. This prescription must be signed no more than 45 days before the sealant placement date (10/29/21).
- Your office’s preferred Pit and Sealant material for at least 4 sealants (if you are not working at an office, sealant material will be provided at class)
- Two extracted virgin posterior teeth (do not autoclave)
- Two ‘basic’ set-ups
- Etchant with tips
- N95 mask and procedural mask for use with your patient
- Toothbrushes for Patient/s
Risk Management Update & Reminder
The Oregon Dental Association requires its members to complete three (3) hours of approved Risk Management education, every three (3) years. Completion and verification are required by December 31st of each three year cycle.
Retirees, full time faculty, and those permanently disabled are exempt from this membership requirement.
TDIC Risk Management:
TDIC is an endorsed partner of the ODA. They offer Risk Management every April at the Oregon Dental Conference, and local dental societies offer additional courses throughout the year. TDIC also offers the following online options for your convenience:
This is a 3-hour, online course provided by TDIC. $50.00 fee.
This is a collection of online courses across risk management topics provided by TDIC. Each course has a $25.00 fee.
ODA members can use a one-time coupon code* to receive a $25.00 discount on any TDIC Risk management course.
Coupon Code: NWODA9H5F
*Coupon may be used for a one-time credit of $25.00 on a retired or current Risk Management course. One coupon per person and must be used by December 31, 2021. The coupon expires on January 1, 2022 and has no cash value.
Other Risk Management CE:
We are happy to verify whether additional CE courses meet ODA requirements. Please email Margy Simco the course information. We also encourage you to check with your malpractice carrier for dividend qualifications.
Once you complete a risk management CE course, please email your certificate of completion directly to the ODA via Email to Margy Simco.
If you have any questions regarding this membership requirement or risk management CE, please reach out directly to:
Margy Simco, Education & Events Administrator
E: email@example.com P: 800.452.5628 x2004
CENTRAL OREGON DENTAL NEWS
CODS Meeting Minutes and New 2022-2023 Dental Society Officers Dr. Erica Crosta
Novemeber 18th, 2021
- Richard Fixott, Eric Cadwell, Julie Lezotte, Erica Crosta, Jessica Henderson, Ryan McCormick, Natalie Buckley, Thomas Bordieri, Nicole Tasooji, Mehdi Salari, Mike Shirtcliff, Jared Adams, Paul Kim, Mark Jensen, Marci Aplin-Scott, Kathleen Rueter, Keith Krueger, Patricia Paparcuri, Jake Peterson, Madeline Peterson, Hailey Rambo, Annie Waiters, Mara Brown, Sam Elcik, Haley Van Volkenburg, Brian Wojahn, Mike Hall, Sumra Zaidi, Heather Ries Campbell, Kellie Kawasaki, Shannon Woods, Bradley Field, Trevor Frideres, Amir Azari, Mike Olin, Nathan Lenox,
- Call to order/Anti-Trust Statement: (ODA meetings are conducted in compliance with the federal and state antitrust laws and regulations that prohibit associations from price or fee-fixing, agreements to divide patient or market areas, refusal to deal with third parties, and related conduct that is anti-competitive.)
- Thank vendors for their support of the Dental Society
- Assured Dental Lab (present at meeting)
- Capstone CPA’s
- Central Financial Services
- Columbia Bank (present at meeting)
- Green Sail Transitions
- O’Brien Dental Lab
- Patterson Dental
- Stilson Builders
- Summit Bank
- ODA Conference is in Portland April 7nd-9th, registration is open!
- Welcome special guest Dr. Barry Taylor, Executive Director of the Oregon Dental Association
- Welcome new members!
- House of Delegates report from Dr. Jared Adams
- Reference ODA monthly newsletter on Dental Therapy Bill, $12 annual due increase
- Election of new officers:
President: Dr. Jessica Henderson
Previously: Dr. Nathan Lenox
Vice President: Dr. Eric Cadwell
Previously: Dr. Jared Adams
Secretary/Treasurer: Dr. Madeline Peterson
Previously: Dr. Erica Crosta
C.E. Coordinator: Dr. Sam Elcik
Previously: Dr. Jessica Henderson
- Deb Hainisch, spoke on myofunctional therapy
- Next meeting …. TBD, check email for Evite!
Struble Orthodontics Welcomes New Orthodontist
Struble Orthodontics team is welcoming the addition of Dr. Madeline Peterson to our practice next month! Madeline brings a warm and caring demeanor and is an incredibly talented and eager young orthodontist! Both Dr. Struble and Dr. Crosta will continue to work our existing patient days, but the addition of Dr. Peterson will allow us more time to better serve you and our patients. It will also allow us to prepare for Dr. Crosta’s upcoming leave as she and her husband welcome the addition of their 2nd baby boy in February! Congrats to the Crostas!
Madeline went to the University of Michigan Dental School and then attended OHSU here in Oregon for orthodontic residency. Understandably, she fell in love with Oregon and didn’t want to leave after residency. Now, about 4 years after moving to Oregon, she feels so lucky to call Bend home and is very excited to be joining our practice! She is certified by the American Board of Orthodontics and has a passion for changing smiles and improving the confidence of patients of all ages. You may recognize the name Dr. Peterson in the Bend dental community as her husband, Jake Peterson, is an Oral Surgeon who practices with Krueger & Lenox Oral Surgery.
Madeline and her husband have two high energy puppies, Frank the Vizsla and Finn the German Shorthaired Pointer. In her spare time, she runs, bikes, hikes, climbs, skis, and explores anything outdoors with her dogs. She also loves to bake sweet treats. We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Peterson and have the opportunity to introduce her to our wonderful dental community and patients. We know everyone will love her and the energy she brings to our practice and our patients.
Please give us a call if you have any questions or would like to have a chance to meet Dr. Peterson, we would love to introduce you to her soon!
Dr. Struble, Dr. Crosta and our entire Struble Orthodontics team
Introduction Letter from Dr. Paul Kim
Warmest Greetings Central Oregon Dentists!
After many adventures being stationed all over the world and obtaining post graduate education and Honorably serving in the United States Air Force during the past 14 years, my wife and I are excited to finally return home to Oregon to plant roots for our three young children. I am seeking a small office for sale or lease — to start a practice limited to Endodontic and 3rd Molar Extraction services that the Central Oregon community may need. I’m also willing to lease your office space for 2-3 consecutive days as needed. I would love to explore any potential opportunities with you as I am available to start providing timely care immediately. Please call Dr. Paul Kim at 831-324-3013 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org; if there are services that I can offer that may help your patients and practice.
Thank you so much for your time. I look forward to meeting each and every one of you!
COCC Dental Assisting Program Update & Request for Volunteers
Dear Valued Dentists,
Since COVID-19 befell us, dentistry has faced serious challenges, yet you each found ways to meet those challenges in order to provide safe dental care to your patients. In my book, that’s heroic.
The Dental Assisting program too was impacted by the pandemic. The program was not allowed to open the Dental Clinic that many of our community’s low-income individuals have come to depended upon to address their urgent dental needs.
Good news though! The college is again allowing the program to open the Dental Clinic held two Fridays a month during the academic year. The students are excited to be able to work with you amazing volunteer dentists and these patients. There are currently has 23 students enrolled in the Dental Assisting program.
So this year we will again need dentist volunteers for our Friday Dental Clinic. A big THANK YOU to all of our past volunteers! We would love to welcome you back and to welcome dentists that are new to our clinic! Faculty, students and patients are very appreciative of your time and expertise!
How it works:
Patients are seen in the Dental Clinic at COCC (the dental laboratory with 8 operatories). Dentists are scheduled for a 6 hour day, and 6 Continuing Education hours are awarded to them. And coffee and snacks are provided! The first patient is seen at 8:00 AM.
We usually try to schedule two dentists per clinic. We have had excellent feedback from dentists that they really enjoy working with another dentist and connecting with their peers. Dental Assisting students assist the dentist, while a faculty member stands behind them to back them up or to obtain needed materials or supplies.
The clinic is limited in its scope and provides patients with restorations (composite or amalgam) and extractions. A radiograph of the problematic tooth is obtained, the dentist diagnoses the need, and treatment (if within our scope) is provided. You will find patients are so appreciative for the care they receive and of the dentists who donate their time and talents! And students love the experience working with dentists! You should hear how excited they are during our debriefing sessions.
We have organized Clinic Dates for the academic year hoping that a date might work for you! The Clinic dates for the 2021-2022 academic year are as follows:
Dental Clinic Dates:
- January 7 & 21
- February 4 & 18
- March 4 & 18
- April 1 & 22
- May 6 & 20
- June 3
Please contact me at your earliest convenience to schedule your date. And if you have another dentist you would like to work with please let me know. You can reach me at 541-383-7574, or you can e-mail me at email@example.com, to schedule your best date! Feel free to leave a phone message with the date or dates you like and I will return your call. I look forward to working with you all!
With Warmest thanks,
- Lynn L. Murray, M.Ed., CDA, EFDA, RFC, CPFDA, FADAA
- Professor of Dental Assisting
- Dental Assisting Program Director
- Dental Clinic Manager
- (541) 383-7574
Healthy Beginnings Program Update & Request for Volunteers
Partnering with parents for those important first five years.
WHAT IS HEALTHY BEGINNINGS? Healthy Beginnings is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides free wellness and developmental screenings for children, ages 0-5. It was created in 1994 by early childhood experts who saw the need to establish a way for families to identify concerns before their children entered school. Over the past 27 years the organization has served over 11,000 children throughout Central Oregon and is recognized statewide and nationally for the innovative service provided to young children and their parents.
WHO DO WE SERVE? Healthy Beginnings provides its screening, referral and follow-up services to every child between the ages of 0-5 years, residing in Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties. Our services are always FREE to ALL CHILDREN. There are no income requirements, and no need for insurance or a referral. We are free for everyone – every time.
WHAT SERVICE DO WE PROVIDE? Healthy Beginnings provides the most comprehensive screening assessment program and referral service for the health and development of every child under six years old in Deschutes County. Covering 12 key areas of health and development, the free screenings determine whether a child is developing appropriately for their age, identifying problems that can easily be overlooked at regular check-ups.
WHY ARE THESE SCREENINGS IMPORTANT? The early years are the best opportunity for a child’s brain to develop the connections they need to become healthy, capable, successful adults. In fact, 90% of brain growth happens before kindergarten. A child’s development should be assessed regularly and completely – several times before entering kindergarten.
The Healthy Beginnings screening program helps detect potential issues early, when intervention and treatment are most likely to be successful. Parents are provided with assessment results, appropriate professional referrals, and follow-up consultation and guidance.
MORE INFORMATION: Call the Healthy Beginnings office at 541.383.6357 or www.myhb.org
- Dec. 3 Bend
- Dec. 18 Redmond
- Jan 13 Bend
- Jan. 29 Madras
- Feb. 16 Bend
- Feb. 26 Sisters
- Mar. 4 La Pine
- Mar. 12 Prineville
- Mar. 30 Redmond
- Apr. 16 Bend
- Apr. 26 Redmond
- May 5 Madras
- May 14 Prineville
- May 24 Bend
If able to help or volunteer your services, please reach out to Healthy Beginnings at:
From the ODA: Join the 2022 ODA Leadership Academy!
The Oregon Dental Association is excited to kick off the 5th year of the Leadership Academy.
Apply today, and let the ODA guide you on your journey in continued excellence and leadership growth. As a member of the 2022 Academy you will:
- Receive a unique backstage pass to ODA offerings and experiences with the opportunity to participate in an ODA Board meeting, council/committee meetings, ODA events, and the House of Delegates.
- Gain a better understanding of your leadership style and develop valuable leadership and interpersonal skills.
- Expand your network by connecting with colleagues in the program and leaders within the ODA.
- Better understand the ODA and the many ways you can become involved, helping to shape the association and the profession.
- The Leadership Academy is open to all ODA members, regardless of years in practice or previous leadership experience.
- Plus much, much more!
- Application/Nomination Deadline is December 3, 2021
From the ODA: Make a Difference – Volunteer for the ODA Mentor Program
Make a difference in the life of a student or early career dentist by serving as an ODA Mentor! We’re looking for mentors from all practice modalities, specialties, new dentists (0-10 years out), established dentists, and retired dentists to share their knowledge about the profession. The program resumes in January where small mentor pods will be meeting in-person or virtually once a month. Please contact Melissa Juenger, ODA Member Specialist, to volunteer.
From the ODA: Oregon Dentists Now Covered by the Oregon Wellness Program
The Oregon Dental Association (ODA) has partnered with Permanente Dental Associates (PDA) and the Oregon Wellness Program (OWP) to expand free access to well-being resources to all licensed Oregon dentists. This expansion was made possible by a generous 3-year grant from PDA.
The Oregon Wellness Program promotes Oregon Healthcare Professionals’ well-being through education, coordinated regional counseling services, telemedicine services, and research. Access to OWP program benefits are the latest addition to the ODA’s Wellness Initiative prioritizing the physical and mental health of Oregon dentists and dental students. Learn more here.
From the ODA: Oregon Board of Dentistry Recruitment
Are you interested in serving your state, drafting and interpreting rules by which practitioners are held accountable, and making positive change for your peers? Serving on the Board of Dentistry, while time-consuming, is an incredible opportunity to directly affect how dentistry is practiced in Oregon.
There will be two open general dentist seats on the Oregon Board of Dentistry with 4-year terms beginning April of 2022. Statute affords the Oregon Dental Association the opportunity to submit recommendations to the governor for her consideration. ODA’s Leadership Development Committee (LDC) will conduct interviews with interested candidates in order to form that recommendation. Diverse applicants and individuals living in rural areas of the state are encouraged to apply.
Please contact ODA Government Affairs Director, Jen Lewis-Goff at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Friday, January 14, 2022, for more information and to express your interest.
- Please go to the ‘VOLUNTEER‘ page on the menu bar for contact and additional information about the following Central Oregon organizations seeking dental volunteers:
- Central Oregon Community College Friday Clinic
- Medical Teams International Mobile Dental Van
- Donated Dental Service (DDS) Program
- Healthy Beginnings
- Smile Central Oregon
- Central Oregon Community College Dental Assisting Program
- Volunteers in Medicine Clinic
REGIONAL CE CALENDAR
Please check with the CE Provider, to make sure the Course has not been cancelled due to COVID-19 measures.
You are welcome to email or send in anything dental that you might want to advertise, trade or buy. Slight charge may apply to businesses offering services.
Burns Dental Group Looking for a Dental Hygienist
Burns Dental Group in Burns, Oregon is looking for a Registered Dental hygienist for our office. We are looking for someone that wants to live a rural lifestyle. Our office is a teaching office, and we would welcome any experience level. We have a Periodontist on staff with over 35 years of experience. One of our Doctors was a hygienist for almost 10 years before transitioning to the Doctor side. Both of our Doctors are adjunct faculty with OHSU and love to help Young Professionals learn their craft. We would offer a sign-on bonus/relocation reimbursement upon hire, with longevity bonuses. We are looking for both full-time and part-time positions.
We are a National Health Service Corps (NHSC) site. As a NHSC site, providers may be eligible for loan repayment of up to $50,000 for a minimum 2 year commitment. For Hygienists, it is a requirement to have their Expanded Practice Provider (EPP) certification. They will need to go to the NHSC website for more information and to apply.
Here is the link to our Employment Department Ad: https://secure.emp.state.or.us/jobs/index.cfm?location_content=jobdisplay.cfm&ord=2892613&system=new&type=N&lang=E
For Sale Dental Training Equipment
My name is Cathy Taylor my background is in dental education. I owned a business that traveled around the state of Oregon on the weekends to teach and prepare assistants to take their board exams.
The following equipment has been extremely well taken care of and is for sale:
DXTTR III -Xray Trainer (Quantity 4) Photo shown is one of the human skull X-ray Trainers.
- 2 are Human Skull with natural teeth and come with Arm/Finger Ball Assembly
- 2 are Plastic Skull without Arm/Finger Ball Assembly
Columbia Dentoform Manikins with SM-PVR 860 Model Assembled on M-1R-3 Chair Mount. with extra prepped teetj.
- Quantity = 10 Photos and detailed information available upon request.
Please contact me for pricing and specific questions, also please feel free to share with anyone that you feel might be interested.
Cathy Taylor 541-905-3010 email@example.com (-12/21)
Searching for a Dental Hygienist?
You might want to email the High Desert Dental Hygienists’ Association (CODHAinfo@gmail.com) and tell them about your need. They are very helpful and have a great database of Central Oregon Dental Hygienists and will email information about your opening to their members.
Announcements, Articles or Classifieds for the Newsletter
Article submissions for the Central Oregon Dental Community are encouraged and welcomed. You can email your content to Dr. Mehdi Salari (firstname.lastname@example.org). The deadline to contribute articles or request the posting of information in the Newsletter is 5:00 pm PST on the last day of each month. The Newsletter is typically sent out on the first or second day of each month.
Advertising or Content for Future Newsletters
Please contact Dr. Mehdi Salari (email@example.com) if you would like to post a classified or advertisement in future issues of the Central Oregon Dental Newsletter. The Central Oregon Dental Newsletter is available & sent to all practicing and retired Dentists, Specialists in Bend, Redmond, Prineville, Madras, Sisters, La Pine, Sunriver, Warm Springs & Powell Butte & Mitchell. The deadline to update or post an advertisement in the Newsletter is 5:00 pm PST on the last day of the each month.
Everything above the red line is put together as a service to the Central Oregon Dental Community and is the nonpartisan news and events of this Newsletter.
The Red Line
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Everything below the red line is either for entertainment purposes or to stimulate conversation or debate. It’s personal, opinion based, has a conservative slant and is not meant to offend or upset. Reader discretion is advised.
DISCLAIMER / WARNING: The opinions expressed ARE NOT those of the Central Oregon Dental Society, Oregon Dental Association, American Dental Association or any of the Advertisers or Business Partners. Editorials are OPINIONS ONLY and are meant to encourage discussion or dialogue. Readers are welcome and encouraged to contribute editorials or comments for inclusion in future issues.
Please Consider Contributing an Editorial or Column For Future Newsletters
This Newsletter is a forum for the Central Oregon Dental Community to stay in touch and connected and a place to have your voice heard. Your opinion columns, thoughts and feedback are encouraged and welcome.
What a GREAT Dental Society Meeting and THANK YOU Dr. Nathan Lenox Mehdi Salari
It was absolutely awesome seeing so many new and young faces at our November 18th in-person Dental Society Meeting! We had not had a meeting or hung out in person as colleagues for almost two years! It was fantastic seeing so many old faces and friends, as well as so many young, new dentist faces in the room. The future of dentistry in Central Oregon is bright, cheerful, energetic, enthusiastic, competent and good.
I was happy and excited because it’s so important for the next generation of dentists to be involved, informed and active in local politics and they showed up in numbers to introduce themselves and meet other local dental professionals. Organized dentistry and our profession needs these and other young and recently graduated dentists and specialists to keep our profession among the elite professions in the world. We all need to remain involved in policy making decisions, we need to remain a relevant voice and we need dentists involved in the legislative process … it all starts at the community or local Dental Society Meetings.
I also think we all need to send a huge THANK YOU to Dr. Nathan Lenox for having served as our Dental Society President for the last four years. He initially volunteered to serve the Dental Society four years ago, agreed to serve a second term, then COVID hit and we didn’t have any meetings or elections for nearly two additional years and he faithfully continued to serve our Dental Society.
Dr. Lenox has calmly and collectively served our Dental Society during the toughest period imaginable. COVID has changed our profession and he’s been there to answer questions from the public, as well as help offices and dentists who had questions or concerns. It takes time to write emails, it takes time to answer questions, it takes time to organize meetings, it takes time to volunteer and we all owe him a debt of gratitude for staying on the job and serving as our Central Oregon Dental Society President for four years and through the darkness which was COVID.
Most of the younger dentists in Central Oregon wouldn’t know this particular Dr. Lenox story, and many of the older ones may have forgotten this story as well … but years and years ago, when Nathan Lenox was a quiet Bend High School student, he got a job sterilizing instruments and turning rooms at a local dental practice. He job shadowed, quickly learned how to assist and got to go on a humanitarian trip to Honduras to assist one of our local dentists. Our Central Oregon Dental Society recognized Nate’s potential back then and awarded him some scholarship money to help him in school and for some instruments that would be used during that and future humanitarian trips. Nate’s love for dentistry and Oral Surgery blossomed during that trip and those years; and he would go on to the OHSU School of Dentistry and then to LSU for his Oral Surgery Residency.
Way back when, our Dental Society did something worthwhile and invested in a local student interested in Dentistry and then some twelve or fourteen years later, that same student comes back and serves our Dental Society as our President through four of the most challenging years imaginable! Isn’t karma great? I love the fact that we invested in the youth and future of our profession years ago … and I also love the integrity, honor, character and class of Dr. Lenox for giving back to our Dental Society much more than he received.
DEAR DR. RUPERT
WARNING: The chauvinistic, bipolar, arrogant and politically incorrect commentary and advice of Dr. Rupert do not reflect any advertiser, organization or individuals’ views or opinions … except for Dr. Rupert and is printed for light reading/entertainment purposes only.
- Common Sense, Practical, Practice Management
- Advice for Dental Professionals
- The All-Knowing, All-Seeing, GURU of Everything Dental & Mental
(Please submit your questions, comments or disgruntled remarks to DearDrRupert@yahoo.com)
Dear Dr. Rupert,
My staff and I are all suffering from Pandemic Fatigue! Do you have any ideas or advice for helping us cope? There doesn’t seem to be an end in sight!
Signed, Pandemic Fatigue
Dear Pandemic Fatigue,
I have to correct your terminology and educate you a bit. You don’t actually have ‘Pandemic Fatigue’. There’s no such thing as fatigue from a pandemic. You’re either a victim or a survivor of a pandemic … a pandemic doesn’t fatigue. What you are actually suffering from is called Liberal Government Intrusion Fatigue (LGIF). Sadly 1% of the elderly, medically compromised and unlucky has been victimized by COVID, but the other 99% of the population have simply survived it.
The virus has run its course through different communities in a matter of weeks; but the government intrusions, failed policies and idiotic safeguards have remained in place and not gone away. It’s not the virus that’s causing your fatigue … it’s your City Council, School Board, Governor, Representative, Senator and President who continue to control your activities and life with the promise of solving something that can’t be solved. They all need to be booted out of office!
Now that we have our terminology correct, let me give you some advice and tell you what I would do:
The first thing you have to do is turn off the TV and radio, and all your news feeds on the internet … because the liberal government, big tech and the media love scaring you and shoving this pandemic down your throat repeatedly and constantly.
The second thing you need to do is buy yourself more firearms, because armed citizens are the best safeguard against ridiculous government intrusions.
The third thing you need to do is make sure you and your family is either vaccinated or has some basic immunity against this and other viruses.
The fourth thing you need to do is exercise, eat well and lead a healthy lifestyle. You might as well brush, floss and have your teeth cleaned regularly too. We are Dentists after all and are supposed to recommend that.
The fifth thing you need to do is live your life, enjoy yourself and not worry about things you can’t control. There are no guarantees that you won’t get in a fatal car accident the next time you drive over the pass. There are no guarantees that you won’t be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer the next time you see your doctor. There are no guarantees that you won’t lose your mind to Alzheimer’s or some other debilitating neurological disease. There are also no guarantees that despite all your mask wearing, social distancing and hand sanitizing that you won’t pick up COVID from your son, daughter, spouse, mom, neighbor, friend or co-worker.
My last piece of advice is to not trust your government to keep you safe. They are the ones causing and perpetuating this fatigue! Always remember that the smartest people, officials and health authorities that the government gathered up came up with the plan to have you wear a mask for the two minute walk from your car to your table at the restaurant. That safeguard has been as brilliant and done as much good as taking your shoes off before boarding a plane to check for bombs!
You don’t have Pandemic Fatigue. You’ve got LGIF. Turn off your TV and internet news feeds and you will sleep a lot better and won’t be nearly as annoyed.
Glad I could help,