My COVID-19 Journal – Day 8

This morning after reading the newspapers, I couldn’t stop thinking about the difficult situation in New York State and New York City. I read articles from the Ottawa Citizen and the New York Times. There are over 20,000 cases of COVID-19 in New York State with almost one half of the cases in New York…

My COVID-19 Journal – Day 6,7

This is my second social isolation weekend. It’s interesting what you can learn about yourself when you finally get your wish. I have often wished that I could have a few weekends when I didn’t have to go anywhere or run any errands. I have always had lots of plans for the time. I have…

My Own COVID-19 Journal – Day 4

My family members are all in their various homes, working on isolation strategies for “the long run”, or as they see it 10 days, maybe 20. My husband is sorting through documents and watching all 5 seasons of Gotham. My son is rewatching Game of Thrones. I am still going out to work, of course,…

My COVID-19 Journal – Day 3

“Dr. Beck, do you think any of us will die?” I spent part of the day doing phone call appointments with patients isolating themselves at home. Not all the questions were easy ones. This question was asked twice and I think I am learning how to answer. When I think about answering this question, I…

My COVID-19 Journal Day 2

Day 2 – Good news from Italy where the curve seems to be flattening, although the Premier of Ontario has called a State of Emergency here. However, my own feeling throughout the day was disbelief: Disbelief that people still think we can have visitors on an inpatient unit. Disbelief at the woman canvassing for charity…

My own COVID-19 Journal

I am going to keep a record of my reflections while I am well enough to work in this time of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. Often I write for others, but this is for myself. I want to reflect on this time, in the moment, so that I can learn from what is happening around…

The Adolescent Brain

Last week, I went to work with 1.3 litre of milk. In Canada, you can buy milk in packages of 4 litres, the 4 litres being divided into 3 smaller bags each containing 1.3 litres of milk. To give you an idea of the size, if you’re not familiar with Canada’s bags of milk, I’ve…

The Impact of Child Abuse

One third of children under age 15 have suffered some form of child abuse. Child abuse has a great impact on the development of a person’s understanding of the world. Child abuse affects emotional development. Children who have been abused are less resilient. There is no better way to understand how much abuse as a…