Shared Colleague Stress
Shared with peer RNs
This crisis and tragedy so underscores for me the silent, but effective role of public health measures. If done well, you rarely hear about it. But if botched, then of course, apocalyptic. We did not do the basics. Testing was and is still is a disaster in many places so you can't properly identify and isolate. Hard to contain without aggressive and ambitious mitigation.
I have to tap down my anger as I know some 'leaders' were not taking this seriously even though we had 4, 6, maybe even 8 weeks to prepare as a nation. Almost 14,000 American lives! Not to mention the financial uncertainty for most, our young adult kids who are trying to plan their lives. Can you imagine applying for a small business loan or unemployment when you have your small kids afoot as their child care is closed and then you are also asked to teach?
There is an infodemic also. It is fatiguing, wearying. I know I contribute to it but I do share credentialed, important stuff. People can always just delete if overwhelmed.
Often I dream of another country, say Singapore (not really) or Antarctica. Canada maybe. New Zealand has an impressive, bold leader. But I know I felt this when in France for several years. Every country has problems and certainly you want to work on the ones in your chosen or birth country. Our problems are just so magnified now. Sooooo many issues and concerns. Sooooo much heartache.
I find myself simultaneously horrified and amazed by this microbe because this is the research I glob to. I went in to public health because these have been imagined, realistic occurrences that smart scientists have envisioned. It also for me illuminates feckless leadership and that we need so much more now. The heroes and heroines however are shining through.
We will get through this. I, for one, hope we all are forever changed on so many levels.