As I was clearing snow after (hopefully) the last snowstorm of the year has passed through our area on March 19th, knowing that March 21st is officially the first day of spring , I could not help but being optimistic for warmer weather and the lovely summer days that lie in wait.
If the pandemic had a colour, it would definitely be blue. Combine that with winter’s long nights, messy roads and cold and the winter blues turn a whole new shade of blue. Many patients lament over missing their southern winter break this year, being stuck home with seemingly no end in sight to restrictions, lockdowns and having to self isolate even after crossing into a neighbouring province.
Attempting to process the year that was, brings many analogies to mind. Perhaps like bad indigestion following a huge buffet meal, or waking up after a huge party as a college student? My mind tends to jump from one thing to the other, like sifting through the rubble after a building has collapsed.
With so much talk about lockdowns and quarantine, it would be forgiven if anyone mistook the title for being related to the pandemic. It may be however casually related, so please allow me to explain.
In 1999, when I first stumbled across laser devices that could be added to a medical practice, the term “aesthetic medicine” had not yet been invented. It eventually came into being as gradually more and more procedures, products, and tools became available over the years to allow non-surgical cosmetic enhancement to the skin and underlying tissues.
On March 14th, 2020, I was speaking at the Mexican Congress of Aesthetic Medicine in Mexico City when the news reports came in advising all Canadians to return home and self-isolate for 14 days. My wife and I quickly changed our plans and jumped on the first available flight home.