The COVID Journals

Health Care Workers Write the Pandemic

Edited by Shane Neilson, Sarah Fraser, and Arundhati Dhara
Categories: Literature & Language Studies, Auto/biography & Memoir, Poetry, Art & Performance Studies, Art, Health, Social Work & Psychology, Psychology, Canadian Literature
Publisher: University of Alberta Press
Paperback : 9781772126815, 224 pages, June 2023
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781772126907, 224 pages, September 2023
Ebook (PDF) : 9781772126914, 224 pages, August 2023
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Table of contents

 

ix Preface

 

1 Fight or Flight: The Ambivalent Health-Care Heroes of Pandemic Response, Canadian Edition |SHANE NEILSON

18 Uncertainty | PAUL DHILLON

22 The Sum of All Fears | TOLU OLORUNTOBA

26 A Journal of the Plague Year 2020 | NICK PIMLOTT

42 What I Will Not Doff | DIANA TOUBASSI

47 Workday | THARSHIKA THANGARASA

50 A Mask | MONICA KIDD

52 Facing the Unknown: Apprehensive, Overwhelmed, and Helpless | SHAN WANG

61 On Pandemic and Uselessness | JAIME LENET

67 Pandemic | JORDAN PELC

68 Prescription for Water | JIAMENG XU

70 Palliative Care | THARSHIKA THANGARASA

71 My So-Called COVID Life | JENNIFER MOORE

79 Pulling Strings | MONIKA DUTT

85 Disembodied” An Examination of the Examination in a Pandemic | LIAM DURCAN

93 Same But Different | DAVID GRATZER

97 I’m No Hero | SUZANNE LILKER

100 Sidelined | MENGXI (HELEN) TANG

101 Behind the Front Line: (Or, the COVID Experience That Never Was) | RORY O’SULLIVAN

108 Singularity | MENGXI (HELEN) TANG

109 With Beauty | KACPER NIBURSKI

114 Management Was Mad | SARAH FRASER

116 Preoccupations of a Public Health Resident | MARISA WEBSTER

119 Bongo Guy in Lockdown | CHRISTOPHER BLAKE

125 Mango Season | ARUNDHATI DHARA

132 Solidarity | MENGXI (HELEN) TANG

133 I Am Letting Myself Go (Or, Humans of Late COVID) | ELIZABETH NIEDRA

136 Life and Death in Denendeh | EWAN AFFLECK

144 Jipasi na’sɨk melkitai | TANAS SYLLIBOY

145 In the ER, Patients Need My Comfort But I Am Scared to Give It | SARAH-TAÏSSIR BENCHARIF

149 Vicissitude | PAM LENKOV

152 Connection | MENGXI (HELEN) TANG

153 What Was Missing | MARGARET NOWACZYK

162 A Family History in 2 Pandemics, 4 Infections, and 102 Years | JILLIAN HORTON

165 Endurance | MANISHA BHARADIA

167 Blowing Smoke in Your Ear | ANDREW HOWE, ANGELA SIMMONDS, BOBBY TAYLOR, and DOLLY WILLIAMS; facilitated by ARUNDHATI DHARA and CHADWICK WILLIAMS

185 It’s Hard Not to Slam a Fist on the Table When the Finish Line Keeps Lurching Further Ahead, or, Third Wave | CANDACE DE TAEYE

191 An Unconventional Conclusion | ARUNDHATI DHARA and SARAH FRASER

 

197 Acknowledgements

199 Contributors

 

Description

Early in the pandemic, medical personnel were our front lines. What was that like? Through stories, art, and poetry, Canadian health-care workers from across the country recount their experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic. The contributors to The COVID Journals share the determination and fear they felt as they watched the crisis unfold, giving us an inside view of their lives at a time when care itself was redefined from moment to moment. Their narratives, at turns tender, angry, curious, and sometimes even joyful, highlight challenges and satisfactions that people will continue to explore and make sense of for years to come.

Contributors: Ewan Affleck, Sarah-Taïssir Bencharif, Manisha Bharadia, Christopher Blake, Candace de Taeye, Arundhati Dhara, Paul Dhillon, Liam Durcan, Monika Dutt, Sarah Fraser, David Gratzer, Jillian Horton, Andrew Howe, Monica Kidd, Jaime Lenet, Pam Lenkov, Suzanne Lilker, Jennifer Moore, Shane Neilson, Kacper Niburski, Elizabeth Niedra, Margaret Nowaczyk, Tolu Oloruntoba, Rory O’Sullivan, Jordan Pelc, Nick Pimlott, Angela E. Simmonds, Tanas Sylliboy, Helen Tang, Bobby Taylor, Tharshika Thangarasa, Diana Toubassi, Shan Wang, Marisa Webster, Chadwick Williams, Dolly Williams, Jiameng Xu.

Reviews

“Just as stories have been central to our lives as human beings over millennia, they are also central to medicine. The narratives in The COVID Journals reframe health care as a human endeavor.” Pamela Brett-MacLean, Associate Professor, and Director, Arts & Humanities in Health & Medicine, University of Alberta

“The COVID Journals brings readers into an encounter with the pandemic that is as exceptional as it is ordinary.” Emilia Nielsen, Associate Professor, York University

"The COVID Journals leaps off the page as a rich unmasking of those whom we too often herald as heroes but too rarely come to know, offering the reader an appreciation of the individuality, pain, love, humour, and creativity of Canadian health-care workers." Lawrence Hill, novelist and essayist

"The COVID Journals is a poignant and insightful collection of stories, personal reflections, poems and artwork from the front­line of the COVID­19 pandemic in Canada. It offers an intimate glimpse into the struggles, triumphs, and unwavering dedication of those who bore the weight of ensuring the well-being of patients and communities. Each writer brings a unique perspective, but a common thread running through every story is that of vulnerability, of honesty, and of humanity. The anthology could be invaluable for those looking for resources that connect the humanities to the ‘sciences’ in health professions education. … This book, a must-­read, is a multifaceted, human-­centered perspective on the COVID­19 pandemic." Upreet Dhaliwal, Research and Humanities in Medical Education, October 23, 2023 [Full review at https://bit.ly/46JEC8o]