Father’s Day

It was 21 years ago on a January morning that I broke the news to my husband that he was going to be a father. In the tiny kitchen of the little bungalow where we began our life as a married couple in Jamaica, we shared the joy, as well as the trepidation of the …

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The Last Time I Saw Him

photo by Darshini Coore I finished my conversation with the lab tech at the biomedical testing site close to my office and turned to leave. As my eyes reached the door, a tall vaguely familiar man was in the process of entering. He had the sallow look of someone who was very sick. His temples …

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Keeping Calm and Carrying on with COVID-19: challenges 1 year later

Two weeks ago, two of my elderly patients died of natural causes not related to COVID. Each of them died peacefully at home. Another patient died unexpectedly in hospital after admission for a non COVID illness. Due to the current stop on burial orders in Jamaica, the families of these patients cannot bury or cremate …

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Keep Calm and Carry On: Using the Numbers to Help us Live with COVID-19

In the practice of medicine, when we gather information it is with the goal of identifying problems and finding solutions to these problems. A good doctor rarely gathers information simply for the sake of recording it. When we gather numerical data like temperature readings, or numbers of people diagnosed with an infectious disease, often we …

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COVID-19: Challenges to keeping calm and carrying on

On March 10, 2020, as I heard the news that Jamaica had its first COVID-19 positive patient I felt a knot of fear in my gut. Memories of the chik-V epidemic, and the Ebola threat made me wonder if we could cope with this new threat. With the first press briefing that followed the announcement …

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Baby Sisters, Birthdays and Buckets of Tea

One summer afternoon, more than 4 decades ago, a 3 year old little girl watched her mummy and her new baby sister sleeping on the bed. The recently fed baby girl had her tiny fists tightly curled and the 3 year old took one of the tiny fists in her own little hand. It was …

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Keep Calm and Carry On : Quarantine and Isolation

In preparation for the arrival of COVID-19, we incorporated hand hygiene, cough etiquette and social distancing into our daily routines. Now that the disease has landed on our shores, we need to become familiar with quarantine and isolation. Currently, in Jamaica, confirmed COVID-19 patients are isolated in health facilities. We also have patients in quarantine …

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