Getting through the Post-Pandemic Maze With The Least Amount of Mental Damage.:

Dean Benson
2 min readOct 4, 2023

A Chronicle of Home, Car, and Medical Service Struggles

The aftermath of the pandemic has left an incredible black mark on our lives, extending its reach into the very fabric of our daily routines. In this blog post, we dive into the challenges faced when seeking essential services for home maintenance, car repairs, and medical needs in the post-pandemic era.

1. **Home Services in High Demand:**

As life returns to a sort of

normal state, the demand for home services has skyrocketed. Securing a plumber, electrician, hvac person or handyman now requires strategic planning and weeks of anticipation. The backlog from lockdowns and restrictions has created a competitive race to snag an available service provider.

2. Automotive Ordeals:

Getting your car serviced or repaired has become a test of patience. Many auto shops are grappling with staff shortages, delayed supply chains, and an influx of overdue maintenance requests. The once routine task of scheduling an oil change has transformed into a logistical puzzle.

3. Healthcare Nightmares

The healthcare system, already burdened by the pandemic, is now strained further as people rush to address postponed medical concerns. Booking appointments, procuring specialist consultations, and even obtaining routine check-ups have become challenging endeavors. The echoes of the pandemic continue to reverberate through healthcare access.

4. Virtual Stumbling

In the attempt to adapt to the ongoing challenges, many services have shifted to virtual platforms. While this offers convenience, it introduces a new set of obstacles — navigating online appointment systems, troubleshooting tech issues, and sometimes missing the human touch that in-person interactions provide.

5. Financial Strain

With the economic aftermath of the pandemic still hanging on like a bad booger, the cost of these essential services has surged. Many find themselves in a conundrum, balancing the necessity of these services with the financial strain that the post-pandemic landscape has imposed.

6. Tips and Tricks for Navigating the Maze:

a. Plan Ahead: Anticipate your service needs and schedule appointments well in advance.

b. Explore Online Options: Embrace virtual consultations and service bookings where applicable.

c. Budget Wisely Factor in the increased costs of services into your budget and seek cost-effective alternatives where possible.

d. Be Patient: Understand that service providers are dealing with their own set of challenges, and delays might be inevitable. Don’t be a giant “Karen”… (sorry to all Karens)

So In The End-

As we navigate the complex, black widow’s web of post-pandemic life, the hurdles in accessing essential services for home, car, and health have become poignant reminders of the lasting impact of the global crisis. Patience, adaptability, and proactive planning emerge as key virtues in this new normal, as we strive to rebuild and reclaim a sense of normalcy in our daily lives.

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Dean Benson

Looong time married, 2 daughters, you can't scare me easily. Been through a lot, but boy do I have stories and experience. I even remember some!!!