If you don’t personally know a healthcare worker, you may not know how being one or living with one affects your every day life -whether there is a pandemic or not. Under normal circumstances, our normal routines can be disruptive to the ones around us. It is hard not to take our work home with us and contemplate all the what if’s and patient’s whose lives and even deaths have deeply impacted us. Healthcare workers give up 12+ hours of their day or night, holidays with their families, restful sleep, regular breaks for food or the bathroom. Hospitals don’t close if it snows. Someone needs to be on call if there is an overnight emergency. It is no different in a global pandemic. Healthcare workers are either working exceedingly longer and more shifts, or are not able to work at all. It is a tough time to be a healer, a carer of people, a practitioner of science and medicine. Especially when the people we’re trying to protect are becoming restless and try to refute the science and medicine we live and breathe.
Every month (if I remember, consistent blogging can be difficult) I will share the reasons people have been nominating healthcare workers, so that you can see how their loved ones truly value the work that they do in a post called “Kind Words”. So without further ado, here are some Kind Words.