The Covid Diaries

Re-evaluating the power of touch

The conversation was not one I was unfamiliar with. Discussing a serious diagnosis, a worrying test result, or a life limiting prognosis is something I have been doing on probably a weekly basis for years. This conversation was no different; the recipe that guides me...

Recognising the impact for all

What can we do? The moral dilemma of Covid 19. An old university friend used to say, “for every action, there is a reaction.” Physicists know this. Philosophers know this. The laws of the natural world and the laws of logic would appear to have more in common than we...

Recalculating the cost of lockdown

My job is not any easier. There was talk that when the lockdown ended A&E would not go back to how it used to be. We had hoped it would be less manic, with an increase in staffing levels, enabling us to provide better and more timely care.  The preceding...

The Covid Diaries 12:

Lockdown may be, to all intents and purposes, more or less lifted, even if the pandemic is not yet over. Whatever we think of this, it does offer us a moment to pause, take stock and reflect on the last three months, and to plan for the eventuality that we are placed...
The Covid Diaries 6

The Covid Diaries 6

Saturday 9th May 2020 Our 1930s house has had no work done on it in the 25 years we have lived there, and not much prior to that. I have lived with a stained avocado bath suite which nothing would clean, a shower that hasn’t worked for decades and a vile and poorly...

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The Covid Diaries 5

The Covid Diaries 5

Saturday 2nd May 2020 Some of you will think this is the confession of a person who is barking mad. Some of you will think it is somewhat melodramatic. Some of you will recognise it. I hope those who recognise it feel somewhat less alone by reading it.  I...

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The Covid Diaries 4

The Covid Diaries 4

Saturday April 25th 2020 I once heard my Mum say, “we will get through this.”  In the current situation of the Coronavirus, I think this saying matters very much. This story is written by me, a 10 year old child, living through this virus in the UK. My Mum...

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The Covid Diaries 3

The Covid Diaries 3

Saturday 18th April 2020 This is all total madness! Wherever I look, I see the denial of the obvious. At my trust, we have the advice that Public Health England know best – their PPE advice is sufficient. But experience says the opposite. I saw a patient, elderly, in...

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The Covid Diaries 2

The Covid Diaries 2

Saturday 11th April 2020 Easter Saturday. The forecast is for a day of bright sunshine and above average temperatures for the time of year. A weekend when normally families would gather, friends would meet and hoards would head to the coast. A weekend for those with...

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The Covid Diaries 1

The Covid Diaries 1

Saturday 4th April 2020 Two weeks into so called lockdown, we have several distinct groups of people, all struggling with their own personal and professional restrictions. The medics we all rely upon when we become ill are facing restricted access to safety equipment,...

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