Kimberley’s COVID Experience

Submitted by McGill University
October 27, 2020

My name is Kimberley, I am a student at the Ingram School of Nursing at McGill University, and this is my COVID perspective. When the first wave hit and everyone was told to work from home, I was envious and resentful, being a nurse who was being forced to work fulltime at the epicenter of Montreal. Since having gone back to school this past September, which has been a remote learning experience and has therefore forced me to stay home, I finally understand the struggles that people have been facing. Social isolation, lack of comradery, and in some ways a loss of identity. We are all grieving different kinds of loss and were impacted in different ways due to COVID. For my sister, it has been postponing her long-planned wedding. My other sister feels robbed of a safe and fulfilling maternity leave. My brother had his work hours cut and consumed way too much cannabis to compensate. My husband’s stress and anxiety caused a severe flareup of eczema on his face that made him look like Emperor Palpatine from Star Wars. And then some incredibly unlucky people have lost their jobs entirely, or even worse, lost their loved ones to this disease. Yes, I am a nurse on the front lines. But I still have a job, my health, a roof over my head, and most importantly: I have not lost any friends or family to COVID. In all the important ways, I am incredibly fortunate. I count my blessings every day, and I am proud to be a nurse during this historic time.