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-10 Journal – Day 45

I had an exhausting day at work. As each hour passed, I had more and more patients to see. There were so many patients waiting, with problems so complex, that at 1 o’clock in the afternoon, I asked my assistant to cancel a clinic so that I could finish while I still had enough space…

My COVID-19 Journal – Day 44

“We are all in this together.” The Prime Minister says this every day as he ends his briefing. Political leaders everywhere are saying this. “We are all in this together.” But are we together? Different people have very different experiences of the pandemic, in fact. Some people can isolate at home, never having had any…

My COVID-19 Journal – Day 43

It’s a beautiful April Day. It’s sunny and there’s a soft, warm wind blowing from the West, brushing the treetops and ruffling the last leaves holding on from the fall. I am thinking of marijuana. Three years ago, in 2017, marijuana was an illegal substance in Canada and now it’s an “essential service”. The marijuana…

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…