Pearl Harbor…I mean, we knew this was coming. Right?
On this day I was assigned 5 patients on the 7th floor. Michael has a beard and couldn’t wear proper PPE (personal protective equipment) to care for Coronavirus patients so, we adjusted the assignment to accommodate him. He will shave tonight or lose his job.
Coronavirus is in New Orleans
One of my patient’s on this day was the first suspected Covid 19 patient on the unit… that we knew of.
I’m not gonna lie, I was a little scared.
I don’t know if I was scared because I didn’t know what to expect or, if it was because I was scared of contracting the virus.
I have been in scary situations before, especially as a police officer, but nothing like this.
At least as a police officer you have laws, guidelines and your training to rely on in hairy situations. But this?!! There is no training or guidelines. This has never happened before. This is uncharted territory. The wild west so to speak. Thousands of people are dying from this virus and more get sick every day.
No one here feels like they know what they’re doing. We don’t know how to fight this and we don’t have any guidelines to follow except for the guidelines the CDC gives us and those are changing every day.
Here we go…. grab your proverbial balls and be a brave and great nurse to this patient.
You may be the last person they see…SOBERING.
We Knew This Was Coming
How do you process this?
My mom is crying because I won’t come home.
I understand. Really I do but how can I leave? How can I look at myself in the mirror knowing I left all the healthcare workers, fighting to save lives, behind. I can’t turn my back on the country when the country is relying on us to keep them safe.
This is how you process it…You don’t think about your individuality.
Don’t be selfish Missy.
Be a good nurse.
Wear your PPE.
Wash your hands.
And, pray to God you don’t get sick.
Quote of the Day
“Come home. You don’t have to do this” –Mom
What’s for Dinner?
Pearl Harbor reminds me so much of the timeline of the Coronavirus and how the U.S. government has handled it. Long story short… A U.S. ambassador to Japan alerted Washington to a possible attack and Washington denied the intelligence. Nearly 11 months after the warning, on December 7th, 1941 Pearl Harbor was attacked and World War II began.
Our government was warned of Coronavirus in December of 2019. It took less than a month to reach us.
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