My COVID-19 Journal – Day 67

Here is a second poem from the “archives” sent to me by my former English prof. What was interesting reading it was that, at the time, it was written, with the gender of the doctor being female, the poem shook the reader awake to the possibility of a female surgeon. There were not many female…

My COVID-19 Journal – Day 66

Continuing with yesterday’s email from an  English prof, I have found a few poems related to medicine that I vividly remember writing. I remember writing this when I realized that that I could never be a paediatrician. When I first thought of becoming a doctor, I thought of being a paediatrician because I did like…

My COVID-19 Journal – Day 65

I have published this blog every day, but I never know who’s reading it. I am grateful for every reader, but each person who tells me that they read what I am writing is an amazement to me. I have had neighbours approach me, whom I’ve never met, who tell me that they’re reading my…

My COVID-19 Journal – Day 58

“Dr. Beck, my grandfather started drinking during World War II. My Dad says he became an alcoholic. I’m using more marijuana than my parents realize and I think I’m getting addicted to it, just like my Grandpa became addicted to alcohol.” This is a situation that is coming up often in my practice, since many…

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…