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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Choices and Sacrifices

A Birthday Reflection from 2014 Letters to the newspaper can have unexpected consequences. After a letter I wrote  to the Jamaica Gleaner (commenting on the treatment of a patient at one of our public hospital)  was published, my mother was asked by a doctor she knows whether I had suffered any backlash as a result …

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Prescriptions and politicians

Sometime ago one of my regular patients needed a prescription for antibiotics. He asked me to write the prescription in his cousin's name as that cousin had health insurance. I refused, explaining that it was not only illegal, but dishonest to write prescriptions like that. Predictably he countered that other doctors had done so for …

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“You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you” – Khalil Gibran

Last month I had the pleasure of spending a quiet Ash Wednesday at home with my younger daughter. It was just the two of us, because her dad was away travelling for work, and her older sister has been away at college since last September. Both of us were engrossed in our own work, but …

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My Father’s Words

In January 1998, I moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts to be with my husband while he completed his PhD. I was there for almost a year, and during that time, my primary means of communication with my family and friends back home in Jamaica was by regular mail (aka snail mail) or email. It was before …

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Shades Of Grey

At my mother's house, there is a grey couch that sits in the part of the living room designated for telephone activity. It looks very ordinary compared to the other richly carved antique furniture in my mother's house. If there was a fire and I could only save one item it would be that couch. …

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