Episode 13: a Global Covid-19 Responder, a High School Student, and a Chinese Medicine Provider — Amelia, Jules and Matt

This is a very special episode of You and Me and Everyone We Know , an audio diary made by everyday people living through the Covid-19 pandemic. In today’s episode, we hear from a family of three. Amelia is helping World Vision coordinate a global Covid-19 response. Jules, her son, is adjusting to life as a high school student during a pandemic. And Matt is adjusting his Chinese Medicine practice to help Covid-19 patients get through the disease. Press play below to listen to the latest episode (or find it on Apple PodcastsSpotify, Google Play Music, and Stitcher):

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In the first part of this episode, we’re talking to Amelia. Amelia and I worked together at the American Refugee Committee which is now called Alight. I’ve known Amelia and her son Jules for nearly a decade, and not long ago, when she married Matt, I got to dance at her wedding. Amelia left the world of humanitarian aide to pursue acupuncture, but when the pandemic hit, she got a call from World Vision to help them coordinate their global Covid-19 response. We talked on March 25, the first day at her new job…

In the second part of this episode we’re talking to Jules. Jules is, like most of us now, sheltering in place. I tried to imagine what it would be like to be in high school now, robbed of the chance to see your friends at school. Jules and I talked on April 1st, and I was honestly comforted to hear how Jules could find so much to be grateful for in this new teenage world…

In the last part of this episode we’re talking to Matt. If you’re looking for ways to turn the dial up on your health, Matt is your guy. I came into our conversation expecting to talk family life, but obviously, as someone who is practices medicine right now, Matt’s mind is fully engaged on how to help his family and his patients get through the pandemic. In our conversation on April 2, Matt described how much his practice has changed and how there are so many simple ways we can  help our immune system right now…

Here’s some of the things we talked about in this episode:

-Global Covid-19 aid
Peace Corps
Grocery Store Weirdness
-Internet for all
-The Great British Baking Show
-Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache
-Contagion with your teenager
-Choosing the right TV for the pandemic
-What high school is like right now
-School schedules during Covid
-How teens hangout in this pandemic
-The anxiety of sending the wrong message on the wrong group chat
-How medical practice is evolving
Chinese Medicine
-Changing what you can change
-Opportunity in crisis
Watching trees
-Simple ways to help your immune system

Thank you for listening. 

And thank you to Amelia, Matt and Jules for coming on the podcast and for connecting with all of us. 

If feel like someone you know might feel comforted by hearing how everyday people are getting through these tough days, please share this podcast with them.  

If YOU, dear listener, want to be part of this podcast go to heybrentlove.com and tap coronavirus podcast on the menu or find me on Instagram @ heybrentlove

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