"...I struggle with how COVID-19 deaths are talked about in relation to the aging population. The statistics thrown around about how the majority of deaths are due to the elderly and care facilities. These are our most vulnerable people, they are loved, they are cherished, they are important..."
"...When the pandemic first happened, I had no idea how I was going to teach these classes... My students deserve a similar (if not better) experience than students who have taken these courses in the past. So I'm working my butt off to keep the classes active and interesting..."
"...I cannot disconnect from the feelings that my patients feel. If I did I think it would be time to change careers. But in the meantime; it leaves me drained which leaves my family with a lot less of what they so badly need right now..."
"...Hospitality people are born hustlers - we know how to pivot and persevere - but things are going to be very different and very difficult for a long time coming. There’s going to be a lot of reckoning, re-examining and reinvention..."
"...people with Covid19 are some of the sickest people I've cared for in my 18-years in critical care... I've seen people pull through and leave the ICU waving to us. I've also seen the other side. We try everything we know to do and it still doesn't work. And it's crushing..."
"...I worry for my husband who has a weakened immune system. I worry for my children who are missing their friends, and feel like this will never end. I worry for my grandmothers who are 85 and 93, living alone and in assisted living (respectively)..."
"...The hospital is always a scary place but right now it’s an especially lonely, scary place not just for the patients but also for all the staff... I fear that people will return to their self centered ways and forget the vulnerable, forget the suffering and forget that feeling of just wanting to help..."
"...I became a mom during The Pandemic. So, first and foremost, I have taken on a very fulfilling and challenging new role in life... Being on maternity leave from my job during this time has been challenging. I wish I could be more involved and supportive to my colleagues..."
" ...It is equal parts teacher, advocate, and counselor. Helping students cope AND learn is a unique challenge... I’ve actually had to work longer hours and remain in 'school mode' much later into my day. My students are on my mind a lot of the time..."
"...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... So I have lost and am missing the direct patient care..."
"...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'..."
" . . .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..."
"...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..."
"...I hope that from this time comes a better understanding by the public of how hard everyone at a hospital works... 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..."