Thank You To All Hospital Staff

This week as I've gone for my morning run I started to notice more people going without a mask. Keep in mind, I live in Northern California in an area where we are sheltering in place indefinitely. That's right, indefinitely. We are trying to avoid getting to a place where our hospitals are so full that we don't have room to treat those who need it. I'm sure you have heard the news where places are having to put people in hallways, the gift shop, turn parking decks into makeshift treatment space. The most frightening thing that has recently started to happen is that not only are people being turned away because hospitals are full but now people can't even lay their loved ones to rest who have passed on due to funeral homes being overwhelmed with too many people in need of burial services. So yeah, as I exercise and look at those people, it upsets me. My work field has only been open for 3 months since March and to see people walking around with no mask is...

Now imaging being a part of the staff that works in a hospital. They are working 10+ hours trying to manage all that this pandemic has laid out in front of them. Long shifts and workweeks seeing everything up close that we don't see. Not being able to be with their families in the normal manner they are used to so they can keep them safe. Imagine them finally getting out of the hospital and passing by people drinking at a packed out bar, people out and about with coffees in their hands as they chat up a friend with no mask insight. Question: When do we start caring about people other than ourselves? Do we really need to wait until we are directly affected for us to have compassion and do what we already know is right? We are wearing our medical staff out and we are leaving them with little hope that their long shifts and distance from their families will soon be over. So here is what I'm going to do and you can join me if you want to. Anyone I see or know that looks like they work in the medical field, from the ambulance driver to the janitor, I'm going to tell them thank you. I'm going to tell them why I thank them. At some point, we have to start caring about how our actions can negatively or positively affect the world and those around us. So if anyone who works in the medical field stumbles across this blog, I thank you. Thank you for putting in the long nights trying to bring this under control. Thank you for the sacrifices you have had to make by restructuring your own personal life to accommodate working so closely with this. Thank you for being there for people's loved ones when they crossed over to the other side because their own family wasn't allowed to be with them due to this. Thank you. Sending out virtual hugs to you and your family. FLL


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