- Living in Ariege since
Pediatrician in Saint-Girons Hospital.
This conversation was recorded in Pouech on 13 December 2020 at 17h00.
This conversation is in freach.
Excerpts from the conversation
I am a pediatrician so as the children were not very affected by the Covid-19 globally I have not changed my way of working too much.
It’s true that in the medical field we were quite lost… it was really unexpected, it evolved very quickly, we didn’t have the time to adapt to the new circumstances, and as soon as we had changed, we needed to change again.
The first confinement was a lot of readjustement work and it continues to be very stressful even though the hospital in Saint Girons has not been overwhelmed as other hospitals in the world did.
It’s the population density. Here there are almost no apartments, most people live in houses that are far apart from each other, it’s not like in a big city where you go out and you’re already on the street with hundreds of people, or you need to share the public transportation… Here everyone moves around by car or by bike. It’s sure that for the transfer of the disease it protected us.
In terms of my purchases, there was a positive and a negative side. During the first wave it wasn’t very clear what could and couldn’t be done, I preferred to buy in small stores in the village, grocery stores, to people who have farms; I have consumed more local products which I was already doing before and it allowed me to meet local producers that I haven’t met before. It’s a habit that I keep. The negative side here is that we are very isolated and it’s already complicated to have access to certain products, for example technology products, clothes… The stores were all closed and getting around was complicated. I started to consume more using Amazon, I don’t like to say it but we used Amazon a lot more for purchases, even for purchases that I could have made in the village of Saint Girons. I consumed a lot more on the internet.
I started to do more sport. During the first confinement we could only go out for one hour a day to do sports . Before the confinement I didn’t spend this time doing sports because we were in this dynamic of working, accompanying the children to extracurricular activities. During the confinement there were no more extracurricular activities… It’s funny but I had more time for myself and I started to go out more, to do running and that I kept and I would like to continue doing it.