For those of you who love a health care worker...be patient with us. We are carrying burdens and worries we can't discuss with you.
We feel unsure, we are questioning everything we used to know, we are scared for our families, we are scared for ourselves, we feel unprepared to fight this fast-changing elusive killer, and we feel guilty for increasing the risk for our loved ones.
We are obsessively thinking...did I wash my hands enough? Did I not touch my face today? Is changing outside and going straight to the shower going to be enough to keep my loved ones safe? Are we going to run out of PPE? Is it safe to change the PPE recommendations because we don't have enough to go around?
Did I have the virus on me when I walked into my elderly patient's room? We want to hug our children but are too afraid. We want to see our parents, friends, loved ones, but that would be foolish and risky.
We are concerned about our work family. We see the stress on their faces. They are trying to make the right decisions when no one really knows what the right decisions are.
The recommendations are changing daily. We are spending hours reading, learning, thinking through scenarios, trying to be prepared for the unknown. We want to provide the best care to our patients and remain safe.
So.... for those of you that love a health care worker, be patient with us. We are struggling.
Eva Oku is a front-line hero fighting this pandemic and its effects 24 hours a day. It’s not something you can switch off or leave at work when your shift is over.
We thank Eva and her colleagues across the country for their selfless and heroic efforts.
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