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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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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Lost and Found (part 2)

  Sometime in the first half of this year, we got an unusual phone call at home. It was about 5pm, and I had just come home from work, changed and was settling down to my customary evening cup of tea. The phone rang and my husband answered, It turned out to be Bryte, my …

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Remembering Iris

In these days of  gift registries and wish lists,  giving a gift can become a somewhat soul-less activity. All that is required is for one to go to the appropriate store and choose an item from  the list of stuff that the recipient has selected.  It's not my idea of giving a meaningful gift.  This …

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Birthday Present

December is my favourite month of the year. The sound of lawn mowers and the scent of fresh cut grass, the cool"Christmas breeze" stroking my skin and ruffling my hair, clear blue skies and lush green everywhere after the October rains, and the first Christmas carol on the radio are things I look forward to …

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The Three Questions ( from birthdays past)

I was more than half way into my birthday celebration week, and here I was again washing dishes in the night, after having cooked dinner, because the rest of my family had mysteriously vanished once dinner was consumed. My grand plans for having my family cook, and for me to have my evenings free to …

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