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I'm sure there are quite a few of us here. I'm the director of rehab at a skilled nursing facility, and my staff and I are now considered essential personnel. Our facility will be taking patients from area hospitals, but those who are positive for coronavirus will not be on therapy caseload. My concern is for my OT and my PTA, both of whom are pregnant. I also worry about the less-healthy staff of our facility.

I feel doctors, nurses, PA's, CRN-P's, GNA's/CNA's, etc. are the first-line troops, but that we've just been called up from our reserve role.

How about you all? What are your roles in this?

We all wear scrubs to work and when I have to stop at the store on the way home, people treat me like a combat soldier; "Bless you" "Thank you for what you do". The best way people can thank us is to use common sense in buying. Leave some wipes and cleaning solutions for others so they can sanitize their environments. This will reduce our workload, and end this crisis sooner rather than later.

Personally, I can't wait until it's over. We can take a collective deep breath, then all go out and share drinks/stories. Here's hoping for a speedy resolution, and perhaps even some perspective and insight going forward, but I won't hold my breath.

Please stay healthy!
 
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I'm sure there are quite a few of us here. I'm the director of rehab at a skilled nursing facility, and my staff and I are now considered essential personnel. Our facility will be taking patients from area hospitals, but those who are positive for coronavirus will not be on therapy caseload. My concern is for my OT and my PTA, both of whom are pregnant. I also worry about the less-healthy staff of our facility.

I feel doctors, nurses, PA's, CRN-P's, GNA's/CNA's, etc. are the first-line troops, but that we've just been called up from our reserve role.

How about you all? What are your roles in this?

Personally, I can't wait until it's over. We can take a collective deep breath, then all go out and share drinks/stories. Here's hoping for a speedy resolution, and perhaps even some perspective and insight going forward, but I won't hold my breath.

Please stay healthy!
Good luck to you and all the prayers I can think of. God bless you.
 
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So far, my staff has been affected more by seasonal flu than COVID-19, with every person missing time. For comparison's sake here are the figures for seasonal flu from the CDC as of today. Bear in mind this is for the US only:

CDC estimates that so far this season there have been at least 38 million flu illnesses, 390,000 hospitalizations and 23,000 deaths from flu.
 

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In this war, healthcare workers are the front line - the soldiers and commanders.

The grocery store workers, the delivery drivers, the warehouse workers, and the producers of essential goods are the backline, like making tanks and bombers in a different kind of war.

God bless you all, hang in there. And thank you.
 
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In this war, healthcare workers are the front line - the soldiers and commanders.

The grocery store workers, the delivery drivers, the warehouse workers, and the producers of essential goods are the backline, like making tanks and bombers in a different kind of war.

God bless you all, hang in there. And thank you.
And then there are the sanitation workers who haul away the contaminated debris. May the Peace and Blessing of God be upon them as well.
 

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In this war, healthcare workers are the front line - the soldiers and commanders.

The grocery store workers, the delivery drivers, the warehouse workers, and the producers of essential goods are the backline, like making tanks and bombers in a different kind of war.

God bless you all, hang in there. And thank you.

more like rear escellone, and supply. Think the Red Ball Express. Our grocerty store workers and suppliers... May God Bless them too...

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I can't thank you folks in Health care enough.. I really can't... It is a thankless task sometimes.. and also not so pretty... Not only the comfort that you provide by making others feel better, but the comfort that you give by being plesant to others and the peace of mind that you guys give.

My thoughts about people in healthcare were put here in Aug of 2018.

 
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My wife is an OT. We’re using our mother-in-law suite as a decontamination room when she gets home from work.

She just had someone with pneumonia added to her case load. I’m scuurred.

Is your wife in home health? I dump my clothes into a bag in the garage, then straight to the shower.

As I spend 30 seconds washing my hands, I recite this Buddhist prayer:

May all beings be happy, content, and fulfilled
May all beings be healed and whole
May all beings have whatever they want and need
May all beings be protected from harm and free from fear
May all beings enjoy inner peace and ease
May all beings be awakened, liberated, and free
May there be peace in this world
May there be peace throughout the Universe.
 

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Yeah, Home Health PT here, as mentioned in the other thread. I strip in my garage. Actually thinking of putting a bucket to wash work clothes there instead of bagging it to the washer.
Crazy times increase creative thinking.
 
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more like rear escellone, and supply. Think the Red Ball Express. Our grocerty store workers and suppliers... May God Bless them too...

But..

I can't thank you folks in Health care enough.. I really can't... It is a thankless task sometimes.. and also not so pretty... Not only the comfort that you provide by making others feel better, but the comfort that you give by being plesant to others and the peace of mind that you guys give.

My thoughts about people in healthcare were put here in Aug of 2018.


Hey Joe, thanks for the good words and get well soon my friend :)
 

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I'm a urologic oncologist. 90% of my patients have cancer, and about 50+% have higher risk disease where waiting 90 days could have worse outcomes. I'm trying to weigh the risks of seeing new patients, operating on them, potentially hospitalizing them, or putting them off....with the expected backlog of patients down the road. My wife also has lupus (immunodeficiency), so when I go back to work tomorrow, i'll be returning to the basement...and not seeing her or my kid until we can figure out how to do it safely. I don't know the right answers, my practice is private practice, (think small business) and we're going to take it on the chin during this thing... oh well.

This sucks.
 
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I'm a urologic oncologist. 90% of my patients have cancer, and about 50+% have higher risk disease where waiting 90 days could have worse outcomes. I'm trying to weigh the risks of seeing new patients, operating on them, potentially hospitalizing them, or putting them off....with the expected backlog of patients down the road. My wife also has lupus (immunodeficiency), so when I go back to work tomorrow, i'll be returning to the basement...and not seeing her or my kid until we can figure out how to do it safely. I don't know the right answers, my practice is private practice, (think small business) and we're going to take it on the chin during this thing... oh well.

This sucks.
Being quarantined from those whom we love is a bitter pill indeed. When we start accepting patients positive for coronavirus I’m certain to be banished to the bonus room :(
 

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Not me, but my mom is retired RN. She was called by one of her friends at the hospital wondering if she would consider returning to work in some capacity. (Shes 74). She’s thinking it over. As she says it’s probably a death sentence if she does, but if they truly need her she won’t say no.
 

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Not me, but my mom is retired RN. She was called by one of her friends at the hospital wondering if she would consider returning to work in some capacity. (Shes 74). She’s thinking it over. As she says it’s probably a death sentence if she does, but if they truly need her she won’t say no.

Such a tough decision. I can't imagine.
 

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Radiology Tech, Small hospital. Haven't seen any cases yet, had a few tested. Out patient exams are down to nothing, just doing ER and inpatients. Had to cut work hours due to decreased workload, but they are guessing it will ramp up pretty quickly. Have to wait and see.
 

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So far, my staff has been affected more by seasonal flu than COVID-19, with every person missing time. For comparison's sake here are the figures for seasonal flu from the CDC as of today. Bear in mind this is for the US only:

CDC estimates that so far this season there have been at least 38 million flu illnesses, 390,000 hospitalizations and 23,000 deaths from flu.

I was thinking about this and I think for some reason people testing positive for flu are not being tested for covid. I am not sure about it but it seems like people are assuming that having the flu somehow prevents them from also having covid at the same time. My point is that if this ends up looking like an extremely bad "flu" season and especially earlier in the year, how many of the people that have died of pneumonia related to the flu also had covid as well?

Basically, are we sure all of those 23,000 flu deaths this year were only the flu and not also a covid infection at the same time?
 

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