The heart and soul of caring

Submitted by Saint George Hospital University Medical Center
September 30, 2020

First my family wasn’t comfortable with me joining the fight against Covid-19. But when they saw the pictures of my protective gear they understood that I am protected enough.

Our job normally is to go in and help save lives, but this has been kind of going above the call of duty in many ways, this time there was this fear for our own safety and the safety of our family and anyone around us. So I decided to live alone just to not have the fear that the virus is coming home with me…However, with our situation here, we’ve been educated on what the virus is, how it’s transmitted, what kind of PPE we’re using, why we’re using it, so there’s a lot of education that’s gone on for us. So that’s been really beneficial, just being in the know, understanding how things work, why we’re doing certain things, how we’re being protected.

Sometimes I was physically tired: the gown makes me sweat, those N95 definitely make you feel tired and spacey and make breathing difficult, and People can’t hear you as well, so you speak louder. And after several hours of yelling through the mask for patients to hear that’s exhausting. It’s very hard when you have a mask and a shield and a hood and everything else on, nobody can see your facial expressions. When I was working in drive thru I had several people giving prayer hands and a nodding gesture saying thank you, and they give you the heart sign, and saying thank you so much, god bless you. People complain about the world, but you really see how appreciative people are. And it makes you feel good at what you do. It makes you say alright, I’ll go back tomorrow.

At work above all, the teamwork was the essential key to face the pandemic. I was never alone we were working as a team, caring for each other and protecting each other, I realized how it is important to be surrounded by people who really motivates you to continue the battle.

Everywhere in the world health staff is facing the same set of problems and they need to be motivated all the time. I tell them, we are warriors and we have to win this war either with or without weapons.

We cannot continue hoping that this disease somehow will disappear, we have to do our part and everyone has a role to play in that, it’s not difficult to wear a mask; it’s a lot more difficult to be on a ventilator.

Edited by Decile Kechichian- Corona Clinic RN (previously Psychiatric unit RN)