By Dr. Rich Trenholm
It feels good to help out at the vaccine clinic. People are so grateful to finally get the opportunity to get the immunization. It is one of the few parts of medicine that is happy. Not breaking bad news. Not adding medications to someone’s daily routine. Not helping someone navigate their way back to the light from the depths of despair or anxiety. Not telling someone that they have cancer or a life-altering or terminal illness.
With every person that visits my table, I am greeted with, and return their greeting, a smile and optimism.
Not that they can ease off with the masks or restrictions, but certainly they can know they are part of the solution. Yes, doing their part for themselves, their families, their community, and the human race to stop this pandemic.
It is so hard for the people in our community to take all of this seriously as the burden of cases is largely not here. They are in other cities and other parts of the world. Maybe that is partly because we as a community are doing our part. Most of us aren’t doing social gatherings for selfish reasons…I haven’t seen my parents, my sister, or my in-laws for several months either. But that’s okay. I know that I am keeping my community safe and I am keeping them safe. My wife and kids are too. It sucks. But it is what it is and what needs to be done to break the cycle.
I say selfish because a lot of the cases we hear about are because families couldn’t take it anymore. They got together for Easter. They got together for a birthday. They got together because someone had a baby. They got together because they missed their grandkids.
But then they got themselves sick. They got themselves admitted to the hospital. They got themselves into the ICU on a ventilator. And yes, some of them even died.
So, was it really worth it? Now they can’t see their families for Easter, birthdays, or anything. Ever.
So, think twice before you break the bubble. This too shall pass, but only if we take the time and care and do what needs to be done.
For those that think this is a hoax, come talk to any other health care professional that has stood at the bedside and watched an intubated patient die alone.
This post was initially posted on Facebook by Dr. Trenholm and is reprinted here with permission.
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