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This Nurse Has Gone 5 Days Without Seeing Her Family Because She Is Working With Coronavirus Infected People. We Should Be Grateful For People Like Her

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I have said time and again -just how much this self-isolation is bothering me. Obviously, it is the need of the hour since the coronavirus, that has seemed to take over our world, is showing no signs of slowing down. This virus has all of humanity locked in our houses and it feels like we are being punished for poisoning the environment for so long.

The number of cases in India crossed 1000 yesterday with 29 deaths and our country is gearing up of stage three of coronavirus- communal transmission. Basically, staying indoors and following the lockdown protocol has never been more essential than it is now. And yes, though every single person I know is complaining about how utterly boring it is to stay at home, it is not really fair that we do so. We are privileged that we get to sit on the bench safe and sound and for that we ought to be forever grateful to our fellow people who are standing at the frontlines of this war.

Obviously, I am talking about our doctors and nurses. If India is even a little better at preventing this deadly disease, it is solely because of the invaluable contributions made by our healthcare workers. Our doctors and nurses who are working round the clock to ensure the least number of people are infected.

Also Read: Facing A Shortage, BMC Asked For 50 Private Doctors And 250 Signed Up Within An Hour To Treat COVID-19 Patients. Our Faith In Humanity Is Restored.

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“Honestly, when all us nurses were called for service to the hospital to fight COVID-19, I was scared. I have 2 daughters & a husband, who’s health I was concerned about. At that point, my 4th grader was just happy her exams were cancelled & my other daughter was paranoid I’d catch the virus–she begged me to not report. All I could do was assure her that I’d be okay, because when duty calls, you show up–there’s no plan B. So my husband took over the house & I left for work. Even getting to the hospital was tough, because the risk in taxis was high. So my husband drove me, but that put him at risk. The other nurses & I decided to carpool, but we realised it was best for us to stay at the hospital. I still remember the first day–between admitting patients, allocating beds & calming down patients… it was like a war zone; we didn’t get a minute to rest. But the hardest thing we had to do was keep families apart. I was handling a couple from Pune who was begging me to leave to go home to their kids–but I couldn’t. It was heartbreaking. I thought of my own kids & how much I missed them–it had been 5 days since I’d been home. They kept calling to make sure I had my mask on or was eating, but even those calls lasted a few seconds. There was so much to be done that we had to work extra shifts–we kept morale high by sending each other motivational messages. One of the nurses left at 6am & returned at 9am because a new batch of travellers had arrived–she worked until 12am again that night. But all of it’s worth it when we see the look of relief on our patient’s faces when they test negative. Just last week this group of travellers thanked us with folded hands for taking care of them–in these situations, I always say it’s our first & only duty to serve. These are trying times, but we’ll get through them together. Believe only credible sources for information, take our instructions seriously & stay at home. Help us by not getting out unless it’s for essentials or if there’s an emergency. And once this is all over, we will all celebrate. You celebrate with your friends & family & us nurses will celebrate with ours–we can do it together, by just being home alone.”

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Recently, a story of one such nurse who is working with coronavirus patients came to light and it warmed everyone’s hearts. Speaking to the popular Instagram page, Humans of Bombay she said that even though working with infected patients, took a major toll on her family at the end of the day, it was all worth it.

The post read, “Honestly, when all us nurses were called for service to the hospital to fight COVID-19, I was scared. I have 2 daughters & a husband, who’s health I was concerned about. At that point, my 4th grader was just happy her exams were cancelled & my other daughter was paranoid I’d catch the virus–she begged me to not report. All I could do was assure her that I’d be okay, because when duty calls, you show up–there’s no plan B. So, my husband took over the house & I left for work. Even getting to the hospital was tough, because the risk in taxis was high. So, my husband drove me, but that put him at risk. The other nurses & I decided to carpool, but we realised it was best for us to stay at the hospital. I still remember the first day–between admitting patients, allocating beds & calming down patients… it was like a war zone; we didn’t get a minute to rest. But the hardest thing we had to do was keep families apart. I was handling a couple from Pune who was begging me to leave to go home to their kids–but I couldn’t. It was heartbreaking.”

Also Read: Say Hello And Thank You To Minal Bhonsale, The Lady Who Delivered India’s First Coronavirus Testing Kits Even Before She Delivered Her Own Baby!

She continued “I thought of my own kids & how much I missed them–it had been 5 days since I’d been home. They kept calling to make sure I had my mask on or was eating, but even those calls lasted a few seconds. There was so much to be done that we had to work extra shifts–we kept morale high by sending each other motivational messages. One of the nurses left at 6am & returned at 9am because a new batch of travellers had arrived–she worked until 12am again that night. But all of it’s worth it when we see the look of relief on our patient’s faces when they test negative. Just last week this group of travellers thanked us with folded hands for taking care of them–in these situations, I always say it’s our first & only duty to serve. These are trying times, but we’ll get through them together. Believe only credible sources for information, take our instructions seriously & stay at home. Help us by not getting out unless it’s for essentials or if there’s an emergency. And once this is all over, we will all celebrate. You celebrate with your friends & family & us nurses will celebrate with ours–we can do it together, by just being home alone.”

When I read this post, it nearly brought me to tears just thinking of how difficult it must be for her family. But then again, she is doing a commendable job and she is making her family and all of us proud. I am so glad our PM made us all clap for our health care workers because they truly deserve it.

It is only because of priceless contributions made by doctors and nurses like her that we have even a fighting chance at beating this deadly virus. So, per her request let us all help them help us by just following directives of sitting at home, washing our hands, keeping clean and maintaining social distancing.

They are risking their lives for us, this is the least we can do for them.

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