To the caregivers and the healthcare workers

Kudos, plaudits, a round of applause, however one might choose to express it, as long as we say it. Nuff respect to the caregivers, and the health care workers working on the frontlines of the battle against the Corona virus.

They are not doing anything unusual. This is what they do. It’s who they are.

The Corona virus only helped to highlight and bring notice to the work that they do, and they do it well. Like so many in our society, health care workers go about their business in a professional manner, performing the vital service that they do, while many in the society frequently take their jobs and the services that they provide for granted.

The nurse working the graveyard shift may have to provide a soothing word to a frightened patient. The nurses who are asked to put their human emotions aside, many times have to be stoic, yet provide a measure of comfort to relatives and friends worried or grieving over their loved ones.

Despite the admonition to nurses that they must never get emotionally involved, they often form tight bonds with their patients and they hurt and grieve for them. They have to be patient when dealing with the obnoxious patients and overbearing family members.

Doctors not only have to worry about providing quality care to patients, but the threat of being sued is something they have to deal with all the time.

When we hear politicians talk about doctors it is often in a derogatory manner and in the attempt to make themselves look good as politicians. Often times we hear politicians say that doctors are only trying to make a profit off the back of the sick and that is all they care about, profit.

Like so many other issues in our society, people tend to emphasize the negative in health care, but the people in this service do yeoman’s work every single day.

They not only perform the physical aspects of the job, but they do much much more. They are expected to perform miracles, and offer hope. When there is no hope they are expected to show empathy.

In addition to the doctors and the nurses, there are the surgical technicians, the pharmacists, the phlebotomists, the x-ray technicians, and all of the other unsung heroes who help to make up this important body. They all have to be on target every day as they help to keep the whole system together and running in top shape.

Mistakes can literally be deadly.

Let’s be keep them in our hearts, in our thoughts, in our prayers, and let them know how much we appreciate them as they go about their business helping the country to deal with and overcome the Corona virus.

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