“Good times, bad times, you know I had my share” were the opening lines of a classic track on Led Zeppelin’s debut album and are very appropriate considering what we are experiencing in 2020.
We are living through very unusual times and we may experience contrasting feelings: optimism or pessimism, hope or depression, vigour or stupor.
A lot of practitioners in Poland are welcoming a growing number of clients, perhaps because people have more time to appreciate their presence. Nobody knows if this trend will continue but it is reason to give the thumbs up and enjoy the moment.
Many of us – the readers of FECAVA newsletter – have had to change our plans and travelling seems to be a lottery, with cancellations and lists of countries with travel restrictions or prohibitions – it can be quite scary. It obviously dents our optimism as the hosts of the approaching WSAVA/FECAVA/PSAVA Congress and we continuously have to discuss plans B, C and even D.
A hybrid event with some virtual meetings and some face-to-face is the most likely scenario at the moment. Decisions will be taken in October and announced immediately thereafter. That means that we will do our best to make sure the Congress happens with full respect to the reality of the situation and to safety.
In the past, we have had to cope with volcanos, earthquakes and September 11th, Currently the level of uncertainty remains huge but previously, we have always recovered. It may look as if we will have to live with COVID-19 longer than expected but we will undoubtedly work our way through it.
Bottomline: our patients still need us, and we still need further professional development. There is still a lot of work ahead for us, which should drive us forward (but maybe a little slower than usual).
Personally, when I think about necessary equipment for tomorrow I always think sunglasses, not umbrella…
Keep safe and well.
Jerzy Gawor the WSAVA/FECAVA/PSAVA Congress LHC chair
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