My COVID-19 Journal – Day 24

Every day I look at all the COVID-19 news and statistics that I can find. I’ve turned into one of those people busy checking every online report and comparing data. I’m not surfing news channels yet, but it’s close. I read about the trends in COVID-19 infection. I’m relieved to hear that, in British Columbia…

My COVID-19 Journal – Day 23

For the next few months, all my patients will be over 18. I haven’t even started this new job and already I miss the people I usually see: my exasperating, infuriating, inspiring and exhilarating teenage patients. I miss watching the shows they love with them, eating popcorn, playing pool and baking cookies. I miss the…

My COVID-19 Journal- Day 22

Today, I worked with a new team on a different unit in my hospital, dedicated professionals willing to risk their own health – within reason – to look after some of the most vulnerable mental health patients in this city. They are coming together quickly, working at breakneck speed. We are building an entirely new…

My COVID-19 Journal – Day 19

I come from a family of medical women. Like most women my age, the medical women in my life were nurses. My father’s sister, my mother’s sister and sister-in-law, my own sister and her daughter are all nurses. At the time I became a doctor, my mother’s sister and sister-in-law were still nursing full time…

My COVID-19 Journal – Day 18

It is a beautiful early April day in Ottawa, not the kind of day you think about dying, but I am thinking about dying. Specifically, I am thinking of the news out of New York State about doctors and nurses dying. I have seen the tributes to these doctors and nurses on television. I have…

My COVID-19 Journal – Day 17

Today was interesting. Today I did some usual office work while social isolating: some teleconferences and some patient appointments and a few outreach phone calls. Then I recorded a new message for the Youth Program lines because everyone calling in needs to hear from the Clinical Director that we are closed. We discussed how to…