I wrote this post on Facebook on a whim tonight. It isn’t professionally written, but it is from the heart and real and true. It is the accidental start of me blogging about COVID19. I’ve decided to post articles, information and advice here so my friends and family can find information easily. Please always defer to the advice of your personal physician, but maybe you’ll find some useful information here.
Guys, this was a hard day. I like being a doctor, I enjoy seeing patients and helping people. I really like to talk to my patients, examine them, get to know them and hope I can make a difference in their lives. Today I did telemedicine instead. I think I helped, but it is so hard to have skills and to not be able to use them. To talk to a screen and not touch them. To know people need help but it isn’t safe for them to leave their homes. To participate in a meeting with colleagues and hear that the impending shortages of supplies means that people will likely die here in my city in the coming weeks that could have been saved if we had adequate supplies. Even though I miss seeing you in my office, PLEASE stay home so you and your friends and loved ones and complete strangers won’t be the ones we can’t resuscitate or intubate or ventilate in the coming weeks. This just sucks. And no, we don’t need to fill the churches with smiling faces on Easter, because that will lead to more death and destruction and grief and that is not beautiful.
Tears roll down my cheeks
Fear for loved ones and strangers
Unmasked faces wait