I have done my consultations this week by phone. But you learn so much from seeing someone’s demeanour, how they rise from a chair and walk across the waiting room. I have become blind, and must rely on listening more to detect those subtle clues.
The main benefit is people not travelling long distances by public transport or sitting waiting in a crowded room. Still, someone has to get close to take the blood sample and to give the treatment.
My greatest social distancing pleasure comes from walking the dog across fields, through woods, and along the stream. He imagines himself the lead explorer, running back now and again to check on me.
He has taught himself that when I stop to draw, he will sit and wait by me.