Cleveland Clinic Pharmacies provide curbside medication delivery for select patients

Cleveland Clinic Pharmacies provide curbside medication delivery for select patients

Cleveland Clinic Pharmacies provide curbside medication delivery to meet the needs of patients who are feeling ill, have mobility challenges, are elderly, or are with children under five years of age. We ask that all other patients and caregivers utilize our in-pharmacy pickup.

Cleveland Clinic providers should instruct all patients who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, are being actively tested for COVID-19, or who have been exposed to COVID-19 to contact the pharmacy to arrange for curbside medication delivery.

Anyone eligible for curbside medication pickup should call the pharmacy prior to and upon arrival to arrange for service. The pharmacy staff will provide details on parking and will request additional information needed to complete prescription pickup.

The curbside delivery service is available during select pharmacy hours and is free of charge. Patients are responsible for any outstanding charges or copayments required by their insurance provider. For this service, pharmacies only accept payments by credit/debit card or flexible spending account.

Tips for dealing with pandemic fatigue

Tips for dealing with pandemic fatigue

As we enter a new wave of the coronavirus epidemic, are you asking yourself how you will handle the winter and holiday months ahead?

If you are stressed and feeling fatigue, you are not alone.

Even though many of us are tired, this is the time to double-down on taking good care of yourself, experts say.

Behavioral health therapist and mind-body coach Jane Pernotto Ehrman, MEd, says the best thing that we can do is recharge and focus on our health.

“If we don’t take action and recharge, we will remain stuck. So, it’s important to relieve stress to re-energize and be more present.” Ehrman adds that if we don’t take time out for ourselves, we risk crashing and burning. We can also run down our immune system.

Ehrman recommends practicing self-care if you haven’t been. Yoga, meditation, reading, taking baths, getting out into nature or even watching funny movies are great ways to relax your mind.

She also suggests checking in regularly with neighbors, friends and family for some extra peace of mind.

Changing your perspective can help

When you’re in very difficult circumstances, you want to first acknowledge them and allow yourself to experience the grief and loss about everything, Ehrman says.

“Then, take some breaths and remember that nothing lasts forever. Think about your gifts, skills and some ways to move forward. It’s okay to be stressed or anxious about something or to worry. But you eventually have to look at solutions,” she says.

Stop and breathe

Contrary to popular belief, it’s not possible to be happy at all times and that’s OK. If you’re grappling with worry that’s rooted in anxiety and you find yourself spiraling out, Ehrman offers this advice.

“The important thing is to breathe. As soon as you realize that you’re starting to get anxious and ramped up, breathe and pay attention as you inhale and exhale. It gets you out of your head and into your body. It helps you to become present. Then you can say, ‘Wait a minute, why am I thinking these things?’ We don’t have control over the thoughts that come into our minds. Where we have control is deciding which thoughts to entertain and which thoughts to say, ‘Nope, that’s not helpful — I’m not going there.’”

Take a different approach to worrying

Ehrman gives a few helpful ways for how you can address worrying right now.

  • Focus on the future in more positive ways – Think about tasks, chores and responsibilities that you have today. Wear a face mask in public places. Wash your hands. Practice good self-care (sleep, healthy food, physical activity, stress relief).
  • Don’t focus on the worst  Worrying about getting the virus or how sick you might get is far from helpful. Allowing the mind to spin in “what if…” thoughts without solutions can lead you into high anxiety.
  • If you are concerned about something, come up with possible solutions  If you’re worried about getting the virus from someone in a store – wear a mask, wash your hands and practice social distancing etiquette.
  • If a concern is beyond your control? You can’t do anything to change the outcome. Work on letting it go.

How to come to terms with “the new normal”

The phrase “once things get back to normal” has been thrown around a lot these days. It would be nice if we could wish away everything that’s happened over the last few months. However, Ehrman sees this as a time to really evaluate if we were truly satisfied with our lives before the pandemic hit.

“People want to go back to what they “remember” as normal – how good things used to be,” she says. “To me, tough situations are really powerful opportunities for us to look at how we want to live differently and better.

“Think about how you want to live today and how you want to take that into tomorrow,” she says.

Adapted from the Health Essentials post, Are You Experiencing Coronavirus Quarantine Fatigue? Read the full article.