My COVID-19 Journal – Day 81

Today I started rereading The Power of Resilience: Achieving Balance, Confidence, and Personal Strength in Your Life by Robert Brooks and Sam Goldstein. I am reading this to remind myself of the qualities resilient people possess. I want to develop ways to help my adolescent patients face a changed classroom when they return to school…

My COVID-19 Journal – Day 80

“Dr. Beck, I know I used to hate coming to see you but now I’m really happy about it.” This statement was made by a fifteen year old who has always resented having a serious mental health problem. It’s a good thing I was wearing a mask or he would have noticed that my mouth…

May COVID-19 Journal – Day 79

Yesterday I thought about all the ways that my hospital workplace will change after this phase of COVID-19. As I was writing that essay late Tuesday afternoon, different images kept entering my mind: Images of community barbeques and Sunday School picnics with 3-legged races. Drinks with a friend at a crowded bar on a Friday…

My COVID-19 Diary – Day 77

For the past two or three weeks, I have been making plans about the changes that are coming as doctors are more and more able to resume our usual work. Because of this, I can feel myself moving into a new kind of practice. My new practice will be more virtual. I will have more…

My COVID-19 Journal – Day 74

“Dr. Beck, I really need something to cheer me up this weekend.” Luckily, when one of my patients mentioned this, I had already been wondering which activities could cheer someone up as they struggle with stress. For the last few days, I have been thinking about this great article that considers how reading science fiction…

My COVID-19 Journal – Day 71

Today I was reading the reports of what the military is finding in Ontario long term care homes and I am thinking of my mother. Reading about the conditions in long term care homes, I am glad that my mother, who passed away seven years ago, never lived through such terrible circumstances. It is wrong…