Sunday, April 19, 2020

Sunday Post, Mailbox Monday and It's Monday What Are You Reading? April 20 Edition

Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

So I've been missing in action for the last 5 weeks because there is just too much happening. I work for the public health sector in Quebec as a Special Care Counsellor in psychogeriatrics giving support to individuals, families and residences dealing with behavioral symptoms of dementia. Because of COVID-19, my office space (which is in a residential long-term care facility) was taken over to create a hot zone. So I lugged all my files to work from home when I'm not visiting seniors in residences.

Quebec is the epicenter of the virus outbreak in Canada.

Because of all the restrictions placed on seniors (cannot have family visitors, cannot leave the residence, cannot eat their meals in the dining room), there has been an increase in aggressive behaviors among seniors with dementia who have difficulty with changes and adaptation. I now work full-time and cover a bigger territory. Although I take precautions wearing a mask and gloves, I did get mild symptoms about two weeks ago. I was told to self-isolate but was not tested because I had no fever, so at this time I do not know if I had the coronavirus or not. 

Anyhow, the worse part was the fatigue. I'm feeling much better and decided to pop back here to reconnect with all of you. I hope you are all coping well with the lockdown. Stay safe!

Mailbox Monday Edition

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home on its blog. Link up to share your MM.


The setting takes place close to home so I'm curious about this bit of Canadian history.

I'm longing for my beloved Italy so reading about it will have to do.


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's a great post to organise yourself. It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever-growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.

What I reviewed and/or featured last week:

Crack the Code by Louis Bezich (Book Review and Giveaway!)
If you're a man aged 50+ and want to get in shape, this book will help.

Perils and Pearls by Hulda Bachman-Neeb (Book Review and Giveaway!)
I learned a WWII bit of history I was unaware of.

Currently Reading:

I read the first two books. This is the third one and I plan to read all five. Check out my reviews this upcoming week.

Stop by and enter my giveaways!

Also posted on the right sidebar.

Hope you all have a great reading week.

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  1. Oh, how scary! I'm so glad you're feeling better and I hope you and your family stay well.

    1. Thanks, Kathy! My hubby works at a major hospital so we both try to be super careful.

  2. Glad you are feeling better and that must be nerve wracking not knowing. Too close of a call for sure. Everyone on the front line or being potentially exposed- like yourself- need all of our support right now. I hope you stay safe and well!

  3. It is unfortunate that there are not enough tests...and very frustrating, since it didn't have to be this way!

    Thanks for sharing, and I hope you are feeling better. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  4. The lack of testing is infuriating, they need more information about the virus and it’s so important to know who has been exposed, and where etc, especially when someone has been in contact with a vulnerable population. I’m really glad you are well though.

    Wishing you a great reading week and good health

  5. i'm glad you are okay and applaud you. i wish you the best and hope you are able to escape in a good book now and then
    sherry @ fundinmental

  6. I'm glad you are okay. Your job must be so hard now. I've just been lazing about at home trying to distract myself with books. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  7. Oh Laura I do hope you are okay. Those symptoms sound like the virus so much. We now test anyone like that even with no fever. I think the world over we are all so careful with aged residental care. Such a nightmare. Take care. Sorry about the shooting in Canada too.

  8. Your job sounds challenging. My grandma developed dementia near the end of her life, and she was not pleasant to deal with. I hope you’re feeling better and having a good week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  9. So glad you're feeling better! Sounds like you've now got more to do for work, and less resources to do it :( Frustrating - thank you for helping these at-risk seniors when they need it most. The Home for Unwanted Girls sounds interesting. Off to check out your giveaways!

  10. I'm glad you are feeling better. It sounds like scary times. Be safe and well.

  11. Good to see you here. Your experience sounds stressful. I am glad you are feeling better.
    The Inspector Howard series looks fun.
    Stay safe!

  12. What a frightening experience, Laura. I am glad you are doing better.


    Take care, and enjoy some reading if you can.

  13. You are doing such a wonderful job in such a scary time. I'm sure the families of the people you work with appreciate it. Stay well.

  14. Take care of yourself...these are exhausting times for those on the front lines


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