Calgary is currently in the middle of its fourth wave of covid-19, and this has made work life hard. We’ve closed all but two of the operating rooms, and are now running emergency cases only, with all elective cases cancelled to free up space in the wards and (importantly) beds in ICU for covid patients. Many of my colleagues have been redeployed to help ICU, and others to the wards. I have been fortunate enough to remain in the operating rooms for the moment, (which I am grateful for because, let’s be honest, I haven’t worked on a ward in over a decade).
But, that’s not to say it’s business as usual. While some parts of the hospital are ramping up, we are slowing down. The days slide by slowly, and are filled with anxiety over sudden shift adjustments, never knowing whether you’re going to be moved somewhere different, never knowing what work is going to look like on a given day.
Last wave, when I had just started work, the shutdown seemed far less intensive. They’re calling the delta variant the disease of the unvaccinated, because the vast majority of cases are discovered in unvaccinated or only partially vaccinated people. This might be the case, but the effects are no less widely felt.