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Self-Care Practices

The Statistics surrounding COVID-19 cases sounds quite frightening. 

I feel some anxiety about this pandemic as I have a compromised immune system thanks to my motorcycle accident back in 1997. 

In my accident, one of the injuries I sustained was a ruptured spleen. As a result, I had to undergo emergency surgery to remove my spleen to stop me from bleeding to death. The spleen is an important part of one’s immune system and someone without a spleen has an increased risk of developing some serious infections. Hence, my doctors have stressed the necessity for me to socially distance myself from others and to engage in other self-care practices. 

I recently came across the following statistics regarding motor vehicle accidents in Canada, in 2018:

In 2018, there were: (# 1) 1922 deaths, (# 2) 9494 serious injuries (Brain Injury) and (# 3) 152,847 injuries as a result of a motor vehicle collision in Canada. 

These statistics are also cause for concern.

If I focused on these statistics as well as on the fact that a brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability worldwide, I would be terrified every time I got into my car.  In fact, after my accident I refused to get into a car as it terrified me.

However, in time throughout my recovery, I learned to take the necessary precautions whenever I got into a car (e.g., wearing my seatbelt, obey all speed limits and signs, etc.)

Someone else’s driving behaviour is out of my control, but I feel more in control when I engage in responsible driving practices. 

Similarly, I can’t control how other people act and behave when I venture outside my house to go to the grocery store during this pandemic.

As Dr. Wayne Dyer once said, “You can’t always control what goes on outside, but you can always control what goes on inside.”

One can use the COVID-19 statistics to stay informed but try not to let this information rule your life and cause you unnecessary anxiety. 

We must all engage in proper self-care practices (e.g., social distancing, hand washing, etc.).

Wishing you health, peace and happiness. 


“Government of Canada: Canadian Motor Vehicle Traffic Collision Statistics: 2018”

“The International Brain Injury Association”

“Everyday Wisdom,” 1993. Dr. Wayne Dyer

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