~~August 6, 2020~~
I found this on my FB timeline this morning. I’m a retired physician. I must say that I never went through the intensity, the frequency and the repetition that this RN explains.
During my active years, losing one patient was enough to send me on a tailspin. Just imagine that loss over and over and over again!!
Beyond heart breaking!!
~Corrine Castro, San Diego California~
~PLEASE, READ THIS CAREFULLY ~
I hope you never have to hold the hand of a patient, look them in the eye, promise everything will be okay moments before intubating. Only to find out they lasted weeks on the ventilator and slowly passed away alone.
I hope you never lay in bed crying because you couldn’t keep your promise.I hope you never remind yourself you were the last person they ever saw and their last thought on this earth was that they were scared out of their mind.I hope you never endure the deafening silence after the physician calls “time of death” on a 37 year old mother, wife, sister and daughter.
I hope you’re never the one who has to call the family on the phone, tell them their loved one passed away but tell them they cannot see the body.I hope you never have to wipe the tears away from a patient’s eyes’ who is waking up from sedation and is terrified because they have a painful tube down their throat.
I hope you never have to separate loved ones at the front door knowing in your gut this will be the last time they ever see their loved ones alive.I hope you don’t go in the bathroom in between critical patients to cry because the heartbreak is too much.I hope you never leave your job feeling broken hearted and discouraged because there is no ending in sight.
I hope you never endure all this for months to only have people tell you straight to your face “It’s all a hoax” or they don’t believe in wearing masks.Most importantly, I hope you remember everything myself and millions of other Frontline workers have done to give you and others a tomorrow.
It has not been easy.
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