I am writing this post with tears in my eyes and I am begging you all: STAY. HOME.
I am a nurse. I am a mom. I have children and no backup plan if I get sick and it spreads to my family. I am terrified.
I am terrified by what I see happening to patients young and old. I am heartbroken that family members have to rely on FaceTime to see their loved ones who are ill or dying. I am scared for all healthcare workers who are putting themselves and their families at risk.
All I can do is ask you to please, STAY HOME.
I cannot unsee what I have seen in the battle against COVID-19. But I’m telling you this - however bad you think it is, it is worse. I say this not to scare anyone, but to drive home the point that social distancing is our best way through this. Until we have a vaccine - this is the safest way to prevent the spread of disease. (Also, hi to any anti-vaxxers out there- hope you like your vax-free world!)
The healthcare system is overwhelmed. Healthcare providers are battling with limited PPE, staffing shortages, and our own health concerns. Staying home greatly eases that burden.
And while I’m at it - stay grateful too. People are suffering BIG TIME. Physically, emotionally, and financially - healthcare providers have a front row seat to this suffering and we are experiencing it too. If being cooped up with your healthy child is your biggest hardship - STAY HOME and STAY GRATEFUL.
This is tough. There is no denying it. And there’s no handbook. I worry about the little things too - are we eating too many snacks, watching too much TV, doing enough school work, etc. But I keep coming back to this - if we get out of this with our health, that is ALL that matters.
I know we will get through to the other side of this. I know we will. I have no doubts. But we need to buckle up for a long road, take this seriously, and STAY HOME.
See you on the other side.