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The Covid-19 pandemic has affected us all in many ways, placing incredible stresses on everyone throughout the world, not just from the threat of the virus, but the financial hardships, social constraints and the anxieties this places on interpersonal relations and personal well-being. Healthcare and key workers in particular have had to face monumental internal challenges, to not only care for their communities during this crisis, but consequentially put themselves and their own families at risk. Many of us are isolated in more ways than one.

The emotional toll is incalculable. One.Surgery recognises and applauds those people throughout the world facing these difficulties, and would like to support everyone through this difficult time. Sometimes all that is required is a way to talk, reach out, be heard and listened to. Below, we have created a support page, where anyone in the world can write out their feelings, anonymously (or not), to share with the community. We have also included a private option, should you just want to reach out privately to us for a listening ear. Our team will promise to read and hear all comments, to know we are here with you during these difficult times.

The form below simply allows you to speak and reach out in any way you want, knowing that we, the One.Surgery team, are with you always.

The diary submission process is very simple. Just below, on this page, you will find a web form with a series of simple questions, asking how you would like to provide your diary entry. By following the options, within a few clicks your diary entry will be submitted.

Firstly, you must decide if you wish to stay anonymous, identifiable or contactable. If you choose to be contactable, One.Surgery may reach out to you publicly (if you choose a public diary post) or privately, just to offer our support during this time.

After choosing to fill (or not fill) your contact details, you will be asked to either write or record a post. Recording an audio post is relatively simple, simply upload a .wav or .mp3 file, either on your desktop, laptop or indeed recorded straight from your phone. Your audio file will be available to playback, embedded within the diary.

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If you are not logged in, the One.Surgery team will need to approve your post before it is published, and you will not have the ability to edit / delete your post through your own means. However, you can contact us at admin@one.surgery should you need to make a change.

One.Surgery is also seeking to possibly publish some diary extracts in its magazine, Voices of One. Surgery. However, we will only do this if you have given us permission via the submission form.

We recognise the enormous stress that many people are going through during this crisis and the mental health vulnerability we are all exposed to. Although we are not primarily a mental health organisation, we have curated a list of online resources we hope you may find beneficial for you and your loved ones. We will endeavor to add more resources as the project grows.

  1. Crisis Resources 
  2. WHO: Mental health and psychosocial considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak
  3. Senior Guide to Mental Health During Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Tips for how seniors can stay healthy and connected during the COVID-19 pandemic
  4. Managing your mental health as a key worker during the coronavirus outbreak.
  5. Hope For Wellness
  6. Coronanxiety support and resources
  7. NHS Depression Support Groups
  8. Emergency Responders: Tips for taking care of yourself
  9. Every Mind Matters – NHS
  10. Mind Charity – For Better Mental Health
  11. Mental Health – UK Charity
  12. The Samaritans

One.Surgery takes its responsibility to it’s users very seriously. Although the covid-19 diaries is an open access platform, it has been set up to allow users to post completely anonymously, whether they are logged in or website visitors. Furthermore, users can choose to have their diary entries private or public. Private posts will be read  only by the One.Surgery team, but will not be made public. All ownership of posts, other than anonymous posts, will be retained by the original author of the post. If a One.Surgery user is logged in at the time of posting, the option to store, review, edit or delete their own posts will be available.

One.Surgery is also seeking to possibly publish some diary extracts in its free magazine, Voices of One. Surgery. However, we will only do this if you have given us permission via the submission form.

The One.Surgery Covid-19 diaries will always be free to access. One.Surgery will not distribute your personal data for any reason.

One.Surgery reserves the right to delete / modify any posts deemed offensive or abusing our terms and conditions. There is no appeals process. One.Surgery reserves the right to withdraw this diary service at any time.

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Public Covid Diary Entries (18 entries)

#13. April 30, 2020 at 11:59 am: Tim Hall – Verified One.Surgery user (6)

Little did I know just a few months ago on the day of graduation from medical school that I, and indeed the world, would be thrust into such a state of turmoil, unease, and uncertainty. A health system grappling to cope and prepare with an unknown and ever-changing situation. The general public forced into a state of lockdown, isolated within their social “bubble”, unable to see close friends and loved ones, or leave their neighbourhood.
But one only has to take a small step back and evaluate the situation to appreciate that we are very fortunate in this part of the world. A small tiny island nation in the South Pacific, geographically isolated with a low population density. Enforcing restrictions regarding border access and social distancing in public spaces has been reasonably easy and without too many obstacles. And the statistics reinforce that notion with single figures of new cases for the past week or more, coupled with a very low suspicion of community transmission. But of course other countries have not fared as well, and with that a sense of guilt and helplessness rises within me. Why should others experience such suffering while here life slowly returns to normal? Why should healthcare workers have to choose between sacrificing their own health to treat infected patients due to a shortage of PPE or refuse and live with the haunting regret? Why should politicians and policy-makers, directly and indirectly, be given the power to decide who lives and who dies? None of it seems fair.
But just as the storm clouds eventually move away to reveal the sun shining brightly, so too this pandemic will eventually recede into the past. I am optimistic that through the lessons learned from this situation, that a new, more compassionate and empathetic, way of life may flourish. Where egos and selfish economic greed is replaced by peace, health, and an understanding that at the end of the day we are all the same – we are but people brought into this world to love, respect, and cherish one another during our precious time here on earth.


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#12. April 30, 2020 at 10:58 am: Aliyu Ndajiwo – (aliyu@one.surgery) – Verified One.Surgery user (3)
The invisible enemy

2020, 2020, 2020. What a year so far! Many people hoped for 2020 to be a great year. Many had plans. Never did we know we had an invisible enemy planning to disrupt our 2020. The invisible enemy had plans to overwhelm our health workers and our health systems in a way we can never ever forget. The invisible enemy planned to take so many lives. The enemy knows no one, doesn’t care if you’re rich or poor, doesnt care if you’re the prime minister of a nation or a hard working civil servant. This invisible enemy has shaken nations. It has shown that we humans, no matter our social status or the country we live in, we are all one. We have to work together, and thats the only way this battle would be won, when we work together as one.
Although the invisible enemy has brought out the good in many people, it has brought out heroes who are at the frontline battling to stop it and save lives. The enemy has also brought out the bad in some. Leaders in some countries are using this once in a life time pandemic to divert funds into their pockets, hence paralysing the health system more and leaving frontline workers naked without adequate PPE (weapons) to fight the battle. I’m sure the Covid-19 virus would be surprised that there are more dangerous viruses out there. Our bad leaders who where elected to lead, serve and protect the people, and the ignorant among the population.
Bad leadership and ignorance are two huge visible viruses.. They’re facilitating Covid-19 and making the invisible enemy’s work much easier. In times like this, science should be at the fore front. We can’t let politicians play politics with people’s lives. We can’t let the ignorant infect us too. We can’t let them win.

Covid-19 has also locked down the world. The lockdown definitely is a good measure to flatten the curve. It has made some people closer to their families. It has made some people more productive working at home, it indeed has also affected people in many ways, good and also bad. In some countries, there are those that are only able to feed themselves and their family only by going out to work. Each day that one person doesnt go out, many would be left with no food. Perhaps hunger would even kill some people faster than Covid-19. Indeed this pandemic is a test to the human race in all facets. I hope we learn from it.


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#11. April 30, 2020 at 10:31 am: Saqib Noor, Consultant – Verified One.Surgery user (4)
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#9. April 30, 2020 at 7:45 am: Prachi Patel – Verified One.Surgery user (4)

Day 56 ? of the lockdown….

A dilemma of a doctor who is many oceans far from her home and dying to help the people of her country but couldn’t. Being rejected by the ones where she could truly help save a life but wouldn’t! The world is fighting the battle against this pandemic where she is fighting against her mind. People are counting hundreds and thousands a day where she is counting minutes and hours. The world is in inevitable chaos and so is her mind!
How could she make her efforts meaningful in this battle?
What if we didn’t have technologies to feel closer to the loved ones?
Are we going to win this battle or is this just the beginning?

Then one Sunday morning,
A call with a bunch of people across the continents for the first time who are just passionate to make this world a better place, felt more like a home in many days!
Are we really becoming a global village or is it just a delusion?

But, thinking about all the friends, colleagues and doctors who are battling at the frontline, feeling really proud and hoping that all is going to be okay!

We are going to win this battle and so, is she!

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#1. April 30, 2020 at 7:57 am: Saqib Noor, Consultant – Verified One.Surgery user

Dear Prachi, you arent alone , either in your country or in your own mind. Those back home care for you and love you and I’m sure they feel your presence with them. By staying safe, you are helping them too.

And you arent alone in your mind, the One Surgery team is jogging and racing with you.

Let’s hope a better world will come of it!

#2. April 30, 2020 at 8:41 am: Uchenna Emenogu – Verified One.Surgery user

Dear Patel,
You’re definitely not alone in this fight, our hearts are with you. Your family cares about you. Your friends care about. We appreciate the many sacrifices you make in rescuing our world.

We may never understand the battles you fight and struggles you face each passing day. One thing we want you to know for sure is that you are our HERO…our CHAMPION. We love you and we will continue to.

Please, stay strong and safe for the many who love and wish you well.
You’ll be fine. We’ll overcome.

#3. April 30, 2020 at 6:28 pm: Prachi Patel, Other – Verified One.Surgery user

Thank you Saqib and Uche for your kind words.I really appreciate it.
Yes, we’ll overcome it and hopefully the world will be a better place. 😊


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#7. April 29, 2020 at 10:25 pm: Florence Van Belleghem, Medical student – (florencevb@gmail.com) – Verified One.Surgery user (8)

Dear reader,

One thing I’ve realised the past few days, is how quickly everything changes.
I’m doing things, handling difficult situations I didn’t think possible only a few weeks ago. Furthermore I’m often performing these tasks without giving it a second thought.

The change within myself isn’t the only thing I’m talking about. Overnight, our whole country changed from being a busy country, buzzing with life to a silent nation in lockdown. But at the same time it’s truly astonishing how quickly people adapt to a new situation. A change of lifestyle, no one could even imagine just a couple of weeks ago, has become the new normal. Yes of course it was strange in the beginning, but life goes on. Big changes yet with less impact on me than I expected.

However I also find the opposite to be true: small changes having a major impact on me. A doctor telling a colleague how he’s already signed more obituaries in a month then he can remember; A hearse turning on the roundabout; These are things that immediately have an impact on you. I can’t really describe the downhearted feelings that they cause. At the same time, I also can’t really explain what it feels like to hear a recovering patient joke around, or to see the twinkling eyes behind the mask of the nurse helping him.

No, we don’t know what tomorrow brings, but change is coming

Love always

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#1. April 30, 2020 at 12:37 am: Uchenna Emenogu – Verified One.Surgery user

There’s a bright light down this dark tunnel.

Regardless of the burnouts and emotional tolls, always take courage and do all you can to preserve your smiles.

Always know that you are our MVP.
You’ll be fine

#2. April 30, 2020 at 5:46 am: Saqib Noor, Consultant – Verified One.Surgery user

Thank you for this Florence. I too find the obituaries difficult, especially reading about the many sad stories of healthcare workers succumbing to the disease.

#3. April 30, 2020 at 8:59 am: Mohamed Kahna, Surgical trainee ) – Zaghouan Verified One.Surgery user

I really loved these words because of the deep meanings they hold.
These times are very important in our lives, it is what motivates us to learn and thus to change
Thank you for this Florence, we’ll be fine


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#6. April 29, 2020 at 6:58 pm: Uchenna Emenogu – Lagos Verified One.Surgery user (7)

You can only imagine the emotional toll faced by frontline healthcare workers in the fight against the covid-19 pandemic.

We’ve never experienced something like this. Neither were we prepared for this in medical school.

Battles are fought each day. Loved ones are lost each day. Helpless patients are each day surrendered to the gruesome hands of death. As we watch them pass on, we stand by and hope we could help them.

Not just that, we are faced with fears for our own lives and those of our friends, foes, families and colleagues.

All in all, we shall overcome.
Take courage, victory is near.


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#4. April 29, 2020 at 9:52 am: Theophilus Barasa, Medical student – Nairobi Verified One.Surgery user (4)

People talk a lot about what it means to be a member of a team; the bonds that never end, the sense of belonging to something greater than yourself. It’s about fighting together, but it’s also about family, about knowing that we are there for each other. The one. surgery team, health care workers all over the world and any other united groups are these teams and together form one large team that is sure to win this war against COVID-19. Because, when many work as one, there is infinite power that nothing can overcome.


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#1. April 24, 2020 at 12:15 pm: Emenogu Uchenna, – – (emenogu.uchenna@gmail.com) – Lagos (5)

It is beautiful to be beautiful. It is more beautiful to remain so. I do what I love and I love what I do.

Day after day, the true essence of life and living plays out right before my very before.
Day after day, living for myself becomes less appealing; living for our collective good- the collective good of the world- becomes my sacred mantra!!!

Well, in a bid to saving the bigger world, I sometimes ignorantly ignore little things that matter- family, friends, you. And yes, me.

I constantly remind myself that saving the world truly begins by saving my world….yes, my little world.

Family and loved ones should not suffer because I’m obsessed with saving the world. My friends should not feel bottled-out because dude wants to save the world.
They are my world!

This is the new me and this new me has come to stay. Stay Safe.


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