It is dislocating, going from a weekly face to face appointment to doing it over the phone. I find it disconcerting that I cannot see my therapist’s face. I cannot know what she is thinking. I can’t read her.

Ruby’s #MadCovidDiaries 15.4.2020 I thought I would feel worse than I do. Am I a fraud?  Therapy is strange. In January I began a 7 month course of weekly sessions through the NHS. With a more specific focus on OCD and my experience of it. It is dislocating, going from a weekly face to faceContinue reading “It is dislocating, going from a weekly face to face appointment to doing it over the phone. I find it disconcerting that I cannot see my therapist’s face. I cannot know what she is thinking. I can’t read her.”

Patient Leadership is Dead – Long Live Patient Leadership (a sideways look at Covid)

This #MadCovidDiaries is a reblog from David Gilbert’s excellent blog published on the 14.4.2020 Rather than reinforcing our reverence for the heroic – our regression to applauding the tough guys who sweat it out on the frontline – this virus might serve to amplify our common vulnerability, fallibility and suffering. But also the jewels ofContinue reading “Patient Leadership is Dead – Long Live Patient Leadership (a sideways look at Covid)”

Routine mental health appointments are being cancelled in some parts of the UK

On the 25th of March, NHS England released guidance for mental health providers about how they should manage capacity and demand during the COVID pandemic.  It stated that… “COVID-19 and the national measures being announced to delay the spread of the pandemic will inevitably have significant impact on both demand for and capacity to deliverContinue reading “Routine mental health appointments are being cancelled in some parts of the UK”

Two nurses died in our local hospital of COVID. Their names were not in the news. They are not doctors.

Ruby’s #MadCovidDiaries 4.4.2020 My brother is working as a nurse at Renal Unit in a London Hospital. All his patients have COVID-19. Before this we were living together in South London. It could have been terrible, living with your little brother, but it’s brilliant. Yes we might disagree, but nowhere near the scale we didContinue reading “Two nurses died in our local hospital of COVID. Their names were not in the news. They are not doctors.”