Compassion, love and respect for humanity during these difficult times of the Coronavirus, that is my reflection of the day.
Yesterday, it became very real for me as I learned that the Department of Health put into effect a regulation stating that all medical centers are not allowed to see ANY patient with flu-like symptoms, in addition to preventing them from even coming to the center. Knowing this, it was heartbreaking yesterday as we had a few patients that came to the center and were turned away. As we were masked and gloved handing them a sheet with instructions for basic home care, informing them that they will have to take care of themselves unless symptoms got worse in that case instructing them to go to the hospital and get testing, the fear on their faces was just surreal. When I got home, I was exhausted and completely drained. I could not shake the image of the patients and still the unknown. Protocols are changing constantly and you have this overwhelming feeling of wanting to protect the staff, patients but overall everyone; realizing that we have to be extremely careful. Understanding that it is easy during a crisis to have fear which can blind us from seeing what that person may be going through if they are affected by the virus.
We need to be compassionate, kind and caring. Not labeling those who were unable to avoid the virus. Embracing humanity and helping with precaution, not becoming self-absorbed.
Keep in mind, today might be that person, but tomorrow it could be you. Do not lose humility and respect for the human race. Reflect, reset and reconnect!