We Spoke With an ICU Nurse on The Front Line During The COVID-19 Pandemic

We all know the saying, ‘Not All Heroes Wear Capes.’ 2020 has really proved to us that we are literally surrounded by Heroes and do not even know it. So first we would like to thank all of the people who has stepped up and put their lives on the line for their City, State, & Country. With all the frenzy going on, and the feeling of what should we listen to and what we probably shouldn’t, we wanted to speak with someone who is working on the front lines and get their thoughts on this Pandemic. The Barely Finished team was able to speak with an ICU Nurse who is currently living in a new reality due to COVID-19.

We could only imagine what a day-in-the-life is like for medical staff. We know it’s busy, hectic, nerve wrecking, stressful, and tiring. Many finds themselves working 13hour shifts. We asked the most common questions and here’s what we got:

BF: What are the age ranges you are seeing the most patients?

Nurse: ” From 1 month to 99 years old! ”

While we all heard that the older people are most at risk, it has been stated that all ages are coming in with severe symptoms of COVID-19. So it’s extremely important we all do our part to stop the spread.

BF: Common symptoms that you notice?

Nurse: ” The most common symptoms are body aches, sore throat, cough, loss of taste and smell, chest pain, and difficulty breathing. ”

Although the medical staff are giving this their all, to be completely honest, they were not prepared for this. No one knew the severity or the whirlwind this would be. Even today, most hospitals are still overwhelmed with sick patients and they are doing the best they can and taking these patients as they come, day-by-day. BF team asked if there was any hope for us and like we all heard, things will get worse before they get better. No one wants to hear it but, it needs to be said.

We then asked what is something they would tell the younger people who aren’t taking this as serious as they should.

My unit has transformed from a Neuro ICU to a COVID-19 ICU. We are the sixth unit that has made the switch to a COVID-19 floor.  I have never been so exhausted, so sad, and so terrified. We are completely unprepared for what’s to come. I am storing my surgical mask and N95 in a paper bag and using it until further notice. We are already seeing a shortage of supplies. We are almost out of ventilators in the hospital. Yes, many  patients are older and have preexisting conditions. But we’re seeing more and more young people come in every day. And these people are really sick. There are people my age with no prior health conditions that are being intubated and ventilated. Some are stable and will likely get better. Some aren’t so lucky and will continue to rapidly deteriorate. You don’t understand the severity of this until you see it first hand. This is real and it is just the beginning. It’s only going to get worse. Wash your hands and practice social distancing! We stayed at work for you. Please stay home for us!

With all this ‘bad’, there is some good. Our community has come together to help provide the hospital staff with food, mask, and moral support during this crisis. (Daily 7pm city-wide applause)

Lets all do our part so outside can open back up! Stay Home! Wash Your Hands! Practice Social Distancing! We hope all our readers are safe and healthy.

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