Impacts of the pandemic: the family of the workers of the health suffers

Impacts de la pandémie: la famille des travailleurs de la santé en souffre

They may be called “guardian angels”, they are not necessarily saints. With the stress and overtime, the health care workers are necessarily more notch when they come home and the family life scoop.

Patient care attendant in a CHSLD in St-Jérôme, Sophie Painchaud acknowledges without embarrassment: the mood is not jojo at her home for the past three months.

“I sleep three to four hours per night. I am more flush to the skin and it can be felt throughout the world. My spouse works at night and we just cross,” said weary, the one that says live with major difficulties in a relationship for the past few weeks.

Reactions of children

His relationship with his children has also changed since the beginning of the pandemic. Between the ages of three and six years, they suffer from the absence of their mother, who, a week on two, has only one day off per week.

“It is made that the two are sleeping with me. When I took off, my son wakes up immediately. My daughter peed the bed, which was not the case before,” said Ms. Painchaud, who had thought to leave her job.

Marie-Claude Dion, a nurse from Montreal, also observes that his boy of three years has a strange behaviour since they met again. Like many health-care workers who have worked in the hot zone, she preferred not to live in the same place as her son and her husband for two months, for fear of contaminating them.

“This is a child who has a temperament that is very calm and now, it makes a lot of crises. It requires a lot of attention. He was always afraid that I go away. It is difficult to go and take the garbage only”, illustrated, Ms. Dion, who is said to have been aware of at least a separation among his colleagues since the crisis began.

Not surprising

These stories are not surprising hardly the president of the College of psychologists, Christine Grou.

“Young children are sponges. They are very permeable to what parents feel. This is not anything for a child that a parent can’t come to the border in the evening, that he can’t take it in his arms,” she explained.

According to the psychologist, the small ones often have very well grasped that their parent is put in danger, hence the desire not to ever leave the rare time he is home. However, children may interpret certain things in a way that is not what we believe.

“It is very important to sit down with him to see what it includes. Because he might think that the parent’s hand more often because he does not love him anymore. It is necessary to explain to him. This is not necessary for him to do a university course on the contagion, but it is necessary to reassure him,” insisted Christine Grou.

As for the relationship difficulties experienced by several workers in the network currently, the psychologist would not be surprised unfortunately to see a wave of separations in the coming months.

“It would be a bit of a shame when even. It is necessary to say that the pandemic is an extraordinary situation. Even if it seems long, over a whole life, this is pretty short. This is not a situation to make a decision so major”, was keen to add Ms. Grou.

If you are a health care worker and that you are experiencing problems, whatever they may be, you now have the right to eight or nine sessions of psychological support per year under the employee assistance program (EAP).

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