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COVID-19 and a Brief Reflection

Updated: Oct 22, 2020

The human body is a miracle in so many ways, we can’t even begin to understand. One thing I do know is that the human body has this incredible ability to ADAPT to its environment all the way to the cellular level. Today, 2020 is asking us as a whole to ADAPT to the times. We have no choice.

Being a physiotherapist at a retirement home during this time is interesting to say the least. Being an essential worker is a privilege. I want to continue to be there for my clients to prevent the awful effects of being confined to a small room for days, weeks and even months. I want to prevent muscle atrophy, prevent mental and physical decline, prevent the need for mechanical lifts for transfers etc etc. Despite my desire to help, it needs to be done properly and with caution, we now have 8 confirmed cases. Today I am frustrated. Even though the daily news announcements may seem clear, the guidelines are blurry as f***. This is a problem and personally I think this is causing much harm. You would be surprised at the lack of transparency and the amount of grey areas that leave important decisions up to the person asking questions.

Use your judgement, wash your hands and hopefully the next time we need to adapt all together will be for a more upbeat turning point.

Lastly, shoutout to Mario for being front and center, rehabilitating stroke victims at a the Bruyere Hospital during a pandemic. Who can you make a shout out to? Let’s share some positivity.

If you are interested, here is the link to COVID-19 Outbreaks in Ottawa Healthcare, Childcare and Educational Establishments. Click the "download" button on the right. This site is updated daily at 12:00. It gives you more of a sense of how fast the numbers can go up.

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Oct 24, 2020

Oh my. This pandemic is such a difficult time in our living history. On the subject of retirement homes, our elders are so affected. My poor little mother of 90 years old spent so many months confined. I would deliver groceries to the front desk. Thank goodness a friend living in the home could deliver them. I would stand below as she looked down from her 3rd floor balcony. She was a trooper but as things opened up and I could visit, the ravages of solitude had taken quite the toll. Finally, I was able (much to her chagrin) to move her to a long term care wing with many services. I needed to do this, before the se…

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