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…

Help From Around the World

COVID-19 has isolated us very effectively. We are all in our own “bubbles” in every sense of the word and isolation can magnify our problems by giving us the impression that we are alone to find solutions. For myself, I see my neighbours preparing with their children for a return to school and hear their…

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 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-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…

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…

2 Hospital Days

In the two weeks since I last communicated with you, I have had an unwanted but unique insight into one patient’s experience of the health care system. The patient was my husband. On December 28, he was admitted to the Civic site of the Ottawa Hospital, his respiratory infection having developed into lobar pneumonia. I…