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We are Stronger Than Fear

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This is a time for us to be strong.

Dear Diary reflections of how COVID-19 has changed my life

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March 25th - Dear Diary: Stronger than Fear

Over the weekend, my husband and I interacted with our church regarding the COVID 19, by online streaming the sermon in our pajamas. We also called and texted our family to check on them and wished friends happy birthday over the phone and celebrated with face time.

As far as work goes, it is an eerie kind of calm right now. The intensive care unit (ICU) is not full yet. We have 38 general ICU beds, 12 Neuro ICU beds, 20 Cardiac ICU beds, 12 transplant ICU beds, and post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) beds available as a total. Not even half of these are full due to the cancellation of elective procedures and surgeries.

The interaction between co-workers is quiet and focused. We occasionally talk about the special report on the television being overheard from the patient's room, but no one elaborates on the subject. My co-workers and I follow the guidance of our physicians to the point that if they do not show panic, neither do we. We are trained not to alarm other patients and visitors by our reactions and anxiety while in the hospital, so I have incorporated this mannerism at home also.

I try not to increase my 72-year-old mother's fear by exemplifying calm and control when listening to her concerns. By no means do I downplay any concerns she has, but I explain the guidelines and instructions she should be following in a way not to alarm her. I adopted this habit a few years ago as my parents aged. I realized that increasing their stress and concern for their children did not benefit their health.

April 24th - Dear Diary: Still Stronger than Fear 

Anxiety about resuming business and so much anger about continued regulations is being exemplified by today's society. People are feeling the need to catapult to one side or the other, then fight the opposition.

Social distancing was never meant to stop the viral spread, but to slow it down while medical infrastructure was put into place. Protective measures have been put into place, and testing procedures have improved. The personal protective equipment supply chains have increased production, and the community has joined together in furnishing the needed equipment such as homemade masks, gowns, face shields, headbands, ear protectors, and touchless thermometers.

This area has increased the testing sites by nine folds in the last few weeks and is working hard to overcome this crisis. A vaccine is still not in sight and probably will not happen until 2021.

The Governors and city mayors are talking about systematic exposure with herd immunity, which will increase the cases after reopening the economy. Ideally, that exposure is controlled and calculated, in phases, to allow our medical community to respond adequately, and reduce the number of severe or fatal cases. Social distancing was never a solution for this virus and never going to eradicate this virus. Individuals will now need to proceed as their health, wallet, and conscience allow.

The immunocompromised and medically vulnerable should not take part in what is about to happen. Stay at home if you can. Financially vulnerable individuals that must rejoin the workforce, please proceed with caution. Protect yourself, protect the elderly, and medically vulnerable around you. Fighting the opposition is not the answer. Financially struggling families do care about human lives, and those at high risk of dying from this virus are not cowering in fear. Not everyone is in the same boat. Judgment, harsh words, and disrespect do not change opinions. It just makes you a bully. We do not have to choose sides and fight. We can make different choices and still be a supportive community. We can learn and evolve in our understanding of these issues.

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Emergent has 25 years experience.

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Great points and well said!

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Fear of poverty and homelessness is a powerful motivator 

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InTheLongRun has 14 years experience.

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11 hours ago, toomuchbaloney said:

Fear of poverty and homelessness is a powerful motivator 

Yes, it is.  So I wonder what going from 1-5% to 70% infection rate in < 2 years looks like.  Think I'll stay inside. Of course I say that  almost every time I enter a Walmart and turn around and leave when I see how indifferent and apathetic way too many people are.  At least around here.   But I digress.

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InTheLongRun has 14 years experience.

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11 hours ago, toomuchbaloney said:

Fear of poverty and homelessness is a powerful motivator 

Yes, it is.  So I wonder what going from 1-5% to 70% infection rate in < 2 years looks like.  Think I'll stay inside. Of course I say that  almost every time I enter a Walmart and turn around and leave when I see how indifferent and apathetic way too many people are.  At least around here.   But I digress.

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InTheLongRun has 14 years experience.

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Nice message  I can't say the fear has subsided or that I am seeing too much "better angel" behavior around these parts lately.   Yet on the upside, maybe we  finally have some answers to the eternal question:   "What is a life worth?"

- a party on the beach

- a visit to the beauty salon

- saying shuck it to the inconvenience of wearing a mask and staying away from people

-a family outing with multiple kids to the big box store

-blocking traffic around hospitals

-Beavis and Butthead's right to carry firearms and ammunition to friendly little protests as an intimidation tactic.

- somebody's right to open your small business even if it spreads pandemic killing approximately 1000 people a day and throws entire medical systems into bankruptcy

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