The highest priority of every provider at Northwest Integrative Medicine is providing quality patient care, and we do our best to stay on top of all the pieces that go into making a great patient experience. As we enter the cold weather seasons, we expect a spike in viral illness. And though we do our best with PPE, proper rest and immune support (all things we encourage you to do too), doctors sometimes get sick too!
Despite our best efforts, there are times when we will need to call out to recover from illness. Sometimes, this can result in canceled appointments or shifting patient appointments to other providers. We know this can be deeply frustrating for patients, and we truly appreciate the grace you show us as we recover and get back in to see you. Our goal is to always be at our best, so we can be that for you! It takes the whole team here at NWIM—providers, medical assistants, front desk, and office manager—to keep the clinic running smoothly. When a staff member takes ill, that can sometimes increase wait times for call backs or front desk requests. But we promise to do our best as we support each other and you in staying healthy.
One of the big ways we protect ourselves during cold and flu season is with immune support. Supplements like Vitamin D, Vitamin C, and zinc are great immune support to help prevent illness and boost the immune system when you start to feel under the weather.
If making home remedies on rainy weekends is your style, there are easy things that you can make at home like fire cider and elderberry syrup. These recipes are a simple and fun way to make your own medicine. You can even keep them in the fridge for several weeks and it is cheaper than buying them pre-made at the store. Below are links to recipes for you to follow along!
Fire Cider Recipe: https://blog.mountainroseherbs.com/fire-cider
Elderberry Syrup Recipe: https://blog.mountainroseherbs.com/elderberry-syrup-recipe
If you decide to try one of these, let us know! We would love to hear about your experiences on social media or at your next visit.