Friday, August 20, 2021

Just sharing

These are the words of Britney Bowling, MD, copied from Kevin MD.com:

I am no longer terrified of COVID.

I’ve seen its death. I’ve seen it take the breath from someone’s lungs. I’ve watched it shut down kidneys. I’ve walked the halls of an ICU with pumps outside the room, and patients turned upside down. I’ve heard the code blues. I’ve passed an endotracheal tube through vocal cords. I’ve squeezed air into suffocating lungs. I’ve broken ribs doing chest compressions. I’ve sent electricity through hearts no longer strong enough to beat.

I am no longer terrified of COVID.

I am not scared for myself. I am scared for our children who are too young to be vaccinated. I am scared for our medically fragile populations. I am scared of the potential long-term health consequences of those who do recover. I am scared because a Google search today means more than a medical degree. I am scared for a future that further divides people. I am scared for the evolution of viruses to come. I am scared because people seem to care more about lies, propaganda, and distrust than about taking care of one another. I am scared we are failing at the golden rule.

I am no longer terrified of COVID.

I am weary. I am weary of defending science. I am weary of sacrificing time with my family. I am weary of the mistrust and disrespect of medicine. I am weary of misinformation. I am weary that our hospitals are filling up with people who made a choice to not get vaccinated and now want a miracle. I am weary that we don’t have a miracle. I am weary of the evolution of a virus that wants to survive at all costs. I am weary that we don’t seem to want to survive at all costs.

I am no longer terrified of COVID.

I am proud. I am proud of scientists. I am proud of health care workers. I am proud of business owners who continue to do the right thing. I am proud of those lining up to get vaccinated. I am proud of mask wearers. I am proud of the truth. I am proud to have a voice. I am proud I have the courage to use my voice.

I am no longer terrified of COVID.

I have hope. I have hope that vaccination rates will increase. I have hope that our hospital admissions will decrease. I have hope that my children will know a future without masks. I have hope that you will hear my voice. I have hope that you will trust my education and experience. I have hope that if you have been on the fence, you will do the right thing. I have hope that you will find the courage to use your voice. I have hope we will find rest.

I am no longer terrified of COVID.

10 comments:

  1. This is great. What scares me is what she says "I am scared because people seem to care more about lies, propaganda, and distrust than about taking care of one another. I am scared we are failing at the golden rule." The latest trend of parents attacking teachers and educators who are wearing masks is very scary indeed.

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  2. What a comprehensive piece that speaks my thoughts also.
    "I am weary of the evolution of a virus that wants to survive at all costs. I am weary that we don’t seem to want to survive at all costs."
    I too am weary but can only imagine the exhaustion of health care workers. God bless them.

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  3. I too am scared for our children that aren't able to be vaccinated as I have several grandchildren under the age of 12. I do have ope that sooner than later they will develop one for them too. I am fully vaccinated but still wear a mask when I go out in order to keep them all safe.

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  4. Heavenly Father help those who serve the sick.

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  5. I am scared for my grandson and for the other children going back to in person learning. I am heartsick about the people who don't seem to care about facts, safety or others. It's been a real eye opener. This was an excellent piece.

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  6. This is a wonderful post. I’m really nervous for my grandsons. You’ve said what we’re all feeling so beautifully.

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    1. Well, I didn't say it; a doctor did, and I simply copied and pasted. But I definitely agree with all of it.

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  7. a powerful piece. thank you for sharing. everyone should read it.

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  8. Great post! Sheila

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