With love, from an ICU nurse in a quarantine room 💗
I had 2 great conversations w/ a covid patient of mine and a family member of another covid patient of mine which really puts life into perspective
My first patient, positive, on 15 liters of oxygen and short of breath, fighting to prevent being intubated, said to me while i was gowned up in his room...”you have no clue how incredibly lonely this is, to have no family next to you, to feel trapped In a room by yourself, with no human touch, wanting to get back to normal life” I took his hand and he cried and he thanked me for supporting him and just holding his hand and being there for him.
I call that a privilege to be there for another human in a time of need
I also had a very sick, positive for the virus, intubated, fighting for his life, whose wife called to ask how he was doing. I gave her an update and she started crying as well saying “I can’t thank you enough for everything you’re doing for my husband, he’s an active man, who loves baseball, and has lots of grandchildren. If he can hear you, the next time you go in his room, can you tell him that I love him and that his grand kids can’t wait to see him again?” And then she told me again “I can’t imagine how hard your job is right now, and I pray that you stay healthy as well”
WOW I feel blessed To cry along with my patient and patients wife.
REMEMBER: there are NO visitors allowed even in the icu unless the patient is actively dying. Put yourself in these peoples shoes, and imagine not being able to sit next to your loved one as they fight to stay alive. Imagine sitting home and waiting for the phone call of how they might be doing trusting the doctors and nurses to do everything they can.
While you sit at home during this time of quarantine and think about how annoying it is to stay home, think about the severity of these patients and families lives right now. Be thankful for the life you have and STAY HOME so that no one else has to fight for their lives from this and that loved ones can be together in a time of need. Let’s end this NOW. We are starting to flatten the curve. Let’s keep going! #flattenthecurve #coronavirus #inspiration #icunurse