" . . . My job wasn’t really a job until The Pandemic. It was a super small aspect in the overall store, but now it’s playing a huge role in keeping people safe. So everything about it is new and I’m just trying to figure it out as I go. . ."
" . . .I became a mom during The Pandemic. So, first and foremost, I have taken on a very fulfilling and challenging new role in life. Our son was born just a couple weeks before the official stay at home order took place. Looking back, I am so happy we pulled the trigger on that middle-of-winter-in-Minnesota outing to grab a beer and cheeseburger with a newborn . . ."
" . . .My daily pandemic rollercoaster of feelings includes grief, anxiety, fortitude, gratitude, moxie, outrage, inspiration, wallowing and nihilism. I remind myself that I am strong and I am smart. I find small moments of peace..."
" . . . I sent my students the message that Walz had for them, 'The class of 2020, you will not be defined by staying home and missing proms and missing graduations, you will be defined by understanding how interconnected our world is and what it means to come together and solve hard problems.' I am trying to balance moving forward with their education and just checking in on them and listening. . ."
". . .As a health care provider I am used to seeing, hearing and physically touching patients. This has gone away as we have moved to virtual visits. If there is a need for a patient to be seen in clinic they are with their providers only. So I have lost and am missing the direct patient care. . ."
" . . .The emotions are raw and real. Some days I’m scared or worried I’m utterly failing balancing home and work life. Other days I feel truly grateful – and guilty. My family is healthy. My husband and I are both still employed and working from home. We are safe. And it makes me angry that so many others can’t say the same things. . ."
" . . .with COVID-19 as the backdrop, life continues to march on - with deaths and births and fights and reunions and every other thing - but it is all so much more intense - brighter, sharper, stronger, harder. So I feel resigned and defeated some days and other days hopeful and optimistic and while I have no idea what next month looks like, I think I can figure out how to make it through today and that's enough . . ."
" . . .I hope that from this time comes a better understanding by the public of how hard everyone at a hospital works... how hard the orderlies and food servers work. Like John Roberts said when you meet a janitor, food worker, phlebotomist or whomever, learn their name and address them by their name. It's the only good thing I've ever heard a Republican say. . ."
" . . .COVID19 has introduced disconnection, inadequacy and loneliness to my work. Over the last couple of months I have often felt like an intern in training again. Everything is new and changes every day. I don't know what to touch first and when to wash my hands again, or what PPE to wear or reuse. . ."