healthcare worker

‘I heard lungs gasping, families weeping, code blues echoing, and then I came home to your ‘fake news’ memes you posted on a whim. And it broke me.’: ICU nurse shares plea for vaccinations

“People who once called me ‘hero’ are now telling me I’m a liar. That my firsthand stories can’t be true. And I weep. For my coworkers who can hardly bare another day. For my family I fear I can’t protect. For the pregnant mamas who will never know their babies. For the husband who will never get to see his kids graduate.”

‘I muttered ‘I’m sorry’ to my newborn over Zoom from a different hospital. I didn’t know I’d delivered a baby, or what month it was.’: First-time mom recounts giving birth during post-Covid pneumonia battle

“Next thing I know I’m looking at myself from the ceiling. I’m lying on an operation table. There’s 8 of me. The room keeps spinning. There’s a team working on each copy of me. They’re trying to put me to sleep. They keep telling me to relax. And I’m screaming.”

‘One more week of trying to put a smile on through tears. One more week of hearing you say, ‘Mommy, I can’t wait to kiss you again. How much longer will this be?’: Nurse mom says ‘cherish this time for those of us who can’t right now’

“One week of air hugs through Facetime. One more week ahead of wondering if this will be the week we’ll run out of PPE completely. One more week ahead of uncertainty, of masking up and walking into the unknown. We will come out on the other side.”

‘They tell me, ‘Go back to your country.’ Many of my patients ask to switch nurses. I’m not Chinese, and I was born and raised in America.’: Nurse vows to continue to fight ‘despite obstacles’

“I head into the shower and visciously scrub my skin until my eczema flares up to match the raw, peeling skin behind my ears from wearing masks all day. I sleep alone, without my special someone. I park my car in crevices to power nap on a makeshift foam mattress in the back of my trunk after a 12-hour shift to head right into another 8-hour shift. I will continue to fight, no matter the obstacles.”

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