• April 6, 2020

Stay strong and determined: CDS President Tiersky

Dear Chicago Dental Society Members:

First and foremost, I want to say I hope all of you, your families and your staff are healthy and safe. That is of utmost importance. Without our health, we have nothing. I say that despite being acutely aware that we are all facing extreme turmoil in both our professional and personal lives as we deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

As dentists, we find ourselves in uncharted waters. Most of us are currently only seeing emergency patients, with no clear end in sight. We are being bombarded with emails, webinars and advice on how to deal with the financial strain and loss of income; how to take care of our employees during this crisis, and a myriad of other information coming at us daily.

It is at times overwhelming, and the uncertainly of all of this can seem insurmountable. As healthcare providers, we are used to helping those in need, but most of us can’t do that right now. It is likely an existence unlike any we have ever experienced.

There is an old saying that I think bears a lot of truth at this difficult time: “Every dark cloud has a silver lining.”

A cliché? Possibly, but now more than ever before, we must look for the silver lining.

We must use this time to be with our families. We must use this time to evaluate our priorities and to determine what is truly important in our lives. We must use this time to get back to doing the things we really enjoy but thought we were too busy to do. We must use this time to be kind to others. We must use this time to remember to stay strong and determined, and we must use this time to reflect and be thankful for all that is good in our lives. The silver lining was shining brightly with the outstanding response by our members to the call for vital PPE supplies. Even in these adverse times, members organized drives and donated more than 80,000 pieces of PPE to frontline healthcare workers in our communities. Your selflessness and generosity speak to our profession’s primary call to provide care and support to those in need.

This global pandemic will eventually end, and we will be able to get back to our practices and our patients. I cannot say when this will occur – but it will.

I do not in any way want to diminish the terrible time we are experiencing in our professional lives. As I write this, I have not worked in three weeks and do not know when my office will be open again for routine dental care. I am worried about finances as well as what the new normal will look like once we return to the office.

The questions you are likely asking yourselves are questions I am also struggling with. But that silver lining must be our focus, or we will have lost this battle, and that is simply not an option. It will take time, and once this pandemic ends, our personal situations will dictate how long it will be for things to return to “normal.”

But trust that we WILL see beauty and the light again, much like the exquisite patterns created in my kaleidoscopes.

I will write again to stay in touch and update you on CDS’ efforts to provide resources to help us all as we keep moving forward. I wish you all good health during this difficult time.

Terri S. Tiersky
CDS President