My COVID-19 Journal – Day 57

This is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale and International Nurses Day. Nightingale Is considered the Founder of Modern Nursing and for that reason, International Nurses Day is celebrated on her birthday. Nightingale’s main contribution to medicine was to establish the role of hygiene in health and healing. No health professional safeguards…

My COVID-19 Journal – Day 56

Of all the changes from a Youth Inpatient Unit to an Adult Unit, the one change that is most distressing to me is patients’ addictions to nicotine. Many patients who are transferred to this new unit from other community hospitals are most concerned about whether they will be able to smoke. As a Youth Psychiatrist,…

My COVID-19 Journal – Day 53

I love the beginning of my day and the end of my day – safety huddle in the morning and check-in before I leave. These are comforting meetings. First thing in the morning, with a nurse, the ward clerk, the social worker and the manager, I hear how every patient has managed the last fourteen…

My COVID-19 Journal – Day 52

At about 5 pm today, a roar of jet engines in the sky had me looking up just in time to see nine flashes of red and white streaking across the heavy, grey firmament. Around me, other walkers had also stopped and were craning their necks and positioning their iPhones for that last glimpse of…

My COVID-19 Journal – Day 51

This happened today: “Dr. Beck, did you see the story in the news about the 19 year old guy who had COVID-19 and almost died?” “I did. Did you find that upsetting?” “Yes, but I think it will help me not to think about suicide again – at least for a while.” “I’m so glad…

My COVID-19 Journal – Day 50

When should children return to school after the physical distancing at home during COVID-19? The Quebec government is going to allow schools to reopen next week. I read about this today in the Globe and Mail and I couldn’t help but wonder, “Was this plan developed with teachers?” I know that when we had to…

My COVID-19 Journal – Day 49

Today many of the people I work with at the hospital volunteered to go and work at one of the long term care facilities with the most COVID-19 cases. They were resolute about their decisions, determined: “I have a moral and ethical obligation to do this.” “People put their lives on the line for my…

My COVID-19 Journal – Day 47, 48

There is so much about managing COVID-19 that is pragmatic and necessary and routine. As soon as people understand what a droplet infection is, they realize how to protect themselves and the community. Protecting yourself and the community is straightforward but it is a routine, that must be maintained rigorously for a long time. The…

My COVID-19 Journal – Day 46

On many Fridays since the Pandemic isolation period began, I have daydreams of place that I’ve visited and would like to visit again. A few weeks ago, I wondered if I would ever visit England, again, for example. But yesterday, I opened my computer to a screensaver scene near a beach – a Cape Cod…