Coming Back

In the last four months, the corridors of the Youth Program have been opening up. The classroom is being used and youth are going to the gym. We are going on walks. I have, as usual, been at work most days, taking five days off for a retreat and two days off while waiting for…

Christmas Plans

Across North America, there is holiday planning happening. The pandemic has changed planning, but most people are still doing their best to eke out some pleasure from a period that is often considered one of the most joyous of the year. I hope everyone reading this is planning a happy holiday, but my heart will…

Lichen

I took time off from work last week – the first week I have had off since January 2020. It was not a complete holiday since I had gone away to write, but it was a complete break from my usual work. Internet was lousy and cell phone coverage was even worse. I disconnected from…

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…

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…

Life and Death and On Call

Last week, I worked more during the 16 hours I was on call that I had during the preceding day – or the following day for that matter. I was so tired that I almost fell asleep during one particularly contemplative portion of the art therapy session I was conducting. I fell into bed just…