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 16

I have never worked from home as a Psychiatrist until two weeks ago. Now I am learning how to do this, what the advantages and challenge are. Facebook and Instagram have many cartoons and videos of people trying to work from home with varying degrees of success. Many reading will have seen the video of…

My COVID-19 Journal: Day 15

Today I closed the inpatient program in my department. The patients were discharged, their rooms are being cleaned and the nurses were sent to other programs. What was once a busy place with teenagers and music blaring, the television on and people making popcorn is now a shell of its former staff. Some doors still…

Nurses and My Life

My prize for having the highest marks in my Grade 3 class at Joliette English School was a copy of the book Florence Nightingale by Jeannette Covert Nolan. At about the same time, my mother began to decide that I should become a nurse. Her sister was a nurse, as was her sister-in-law and my…