It's hard to believe Thanksgiving is in two days. Turkey Day has always been one of my favorite holidays and family gatherings, in large part because there is not the associated gift giving stress.
This year, Thanksgiving seems to be overshadowed or tarnished by all of the concerns over supply chain issues and inflation. And Black Friday is no longer a one or two day event!
While I think it's great that stores allow employees to stay home with family on Thanksgiving in lieu of those early "door buster" sales at the big box stores, the excitement of Black Friday and Cyber Monday seems to have been lost with sales running all month.
I have to admit, I have been suckered into the concerns over inventory shortages and have started my Christmas preparations earlier than usual. In so doing doing, I definitely feel that store inventories are lower than usual, and prices are definitely higher.
Thank goodness that Trader Joes still has its bleu cheese pecan dip and peppermint bark this year, 2 of my holiday staples! So instead of shopping, I plan to spend time with family, and finish watching a few series I have started.
I have been watching White Lotus, which stars one of my college sorority sisters. The verdict is still out on this one...so far it's a bit bizarre and the characters are in large part quite unsavory. It is a total contrast to Ted Lasso, one of my all-time faves. In fact, I just might have to re-watch Ted, or maybe start Yellowstone.
I am thinking you don't really care about my food or tv preferences. Sorry I digress from my usual topics of plastic surgery and Covid.
As far as Covid, the US seems to be doing pretty well, especially compared to certain European countries like Austria, which are facing Covid outbreaks; unfortunately, the vaccination rates in some European countries have been lower than desired, and some of the treatments we have become accustomed to in the US are not available.
As an example of the progress we have made with Covid, Roper is no longer requiring Covid tests for surgery. And now that we seem to be moving forward with vaccinations and treatments for Covid, I cannot impress enough upon everyone to get your flu vaccine.
With the holidays coming, I have heard that families are undergoing Covid testing to ensure the safety of their relatives. But don't forget that the flu can be devastating as well, to both children (who are in large part spared from severe illness from Covid) and the elderly. So get your flu shot!
I am putting the finishing touches on my first podcast and working out some technical issues, so stay tuned. The topic focuses on breast implants and safety issues, including BIALCL and the term "silicone sickness.". I hope you find it informative. I am open to suggestions for other topics as well, as I'd like to create a series of the podcasts.
Lastly, getting back to Black Friday specials...as many of you know, we will be closed Thursday and Friday. And since Black Friday specials have already begun in many instances, we are offering a one day flash sale for gift cards today only. I am calling it Turkey Tuesday!
They are a great gift idea for a friend or a loved one (or yourself), and helps take the sting off of all of these inflationary pressures! It's just a little token of thanks to my patients this holiday season. I also want to give a shout out to me staff, and I am so thankful for their hard work.