People keep asking me how I’m coping and am I OK. The truth is, it’s tough, just like how everyone is feeling now.
As a doctor, we are experiencing something out of the ordinary, but morale is good and everyone has rallied round to support each other, and work as a team.
For me, I continue to function as usual, and have not let it impact on me emotionally at work.
Although I must admit I’ve had the anxiety of unwittingly passing the virus, if I do get it, to my family.
Invariably every day I will come into contact with Covid or suspected Covid patients in the A&E department, hence I’ve been social distancing at home and sleeping in my basement bunker. That, I have found tough.
During this time of the Pandemic, this is what I have learned.
True friends are those who care or are sympathetic, who will try to find out how you are doing.
I have found that it’s those good friends I’ve known all my life, that I have lost touch with, who are the ones who get in touch privately to enquire and make sure I’m ok.
I’m grateful by the kindness shown to me on Instagram and the private DMs that I have received too. Instagram can at times be superficial, but during a time like this, you know who are the genuine ones.
I have also been touched by the show of support from people representing brands who I haven’t met before. These flowers were sent to cheer me up by Alisha of snug sofa.
I’d like to mention a few amazing brands and organisations who I’ve encountered and helped me.
The Beauty Banks
The Beauty Banks is like food banks but for personal care and toiletries. They have been amazing with drop offs of self care products for frontline staff.
Last week, they did a huge drop off of hundreds of products at my hospital, which we have now distributed to all frontline junior and senior doctors of all specialties who are working the tough shifts in all areas to help the effort against Covid 19. Estée Lauder companies – Jo Malone London.
I have a huge respect for the Estée Lauder group of companies in their efforts to support key workers.
Jo Malone London turned their attention to how they can help in the Pandemic with the manufacturing of alcohol hand sanitisers.
I was grateful to receive a shipment of the sanitisers, which I’ve distributed to the staff in my hospital – from receptionists, to porters, to nurses, physiotherapists and doctors.
Last Christmas, I remembered Prezzybox getting in touch to see if I’d like a box of personalised Cadbury Heroes. This gave me the idea of getting chocolates for my team who have been working hard at the hospital.
Everyone of them a hero in their own right.
If there is a key worker you would like to thank, then this is a great gift don’t you think?
My lovely friend Kit Lee has been making face masks for key workers.
These are the 2 that she had sent me. She is in need of more fabric, so if you can donate some, then do get in touch with her.
I love how companies are so resourceful and innovative at a time of need, just like how Jo Malone turn to the production of hand sanitisers, Cameron Design house, a bespoke lighting company has turned to making visors to protect key workers.
A few weeks back, I got a delivery of visors which I have distributed to my colleagues at the hospital.
Whilst we are pledging support to the NHS during this Pandemic, I am aware there are sections of our population in need too.
There are vulnerable children and young people suffering during the lockdown who urgently need our support.
Hence I have collaborated with The Native State on this Love NHS art print as a celebration of our NHS but importantly for every art print sold, £10 will be donated to Barnardos the charity. Here’s the art print in my workspace. I love how the rainbow colours look so fun and happy.
I was super excited to see it feature on Good morning Britain with Lorraine Kelly on Friday. I hope you will help with this important cause at this time of the Pandemic. The art print looks great at the window too, to show the NHS your support. You can buy the art print here.
Hope you’ve enjoyed this post. Stay safe all. x