Interview 14: Joy
August 29, 2020
Stress self-rating: 2
1 = no stress, 5 = extremely stressed
Essential worker
On maternity leave during lockdown
House Type
Upper storey apartment
in large complex
Approx. 850 sf
2 Bed + 1 Bath
Built 1970s, Masonry / Frame
Household Size:    4
2 Children                
2 Adults                    
Persons Per Room  1.33

Joy has rented this 2-bedroom apartment for 3 years. When the pandemic began, Joy was working at the airport and had just begun her maternity leave. She gave birth to a baby girl during the lockdown. Joy’s mother and sister help babysit the child while Joy initially recovered from delivery complications. The family members spend most of their time together in Joy’s bedroom, eating and playing with the newborn. Joy also has a five year old son, who likes to bike on the sidewalk just outside the apartment. The major source of Joy’s stress during the pandemic came from her daily hospital visits after childbirth - hospital parking is very expensive and Joy uses the bus to go there and back. At home, Joy’s power was shut off for two days without warning and the family went to stay with Joy’s mother during that time. In general, however, Joy felt minimally stressed with her living situation.