The official phrase is issues are getting higher in Connecticut so far as COVID goes. We proceed to slowly decline from our December excessive. The governor has lifted the sports activities pause so my daughter is again having full scrimmages together with her regional basketball workforce, though her center faculty has cancelled their basketball season. My spouse who works on the VA has been vaccinating older veterans at a frenetic clip, however statewide there’s not sufficient vaccine but to satisfy the demand. I’m one of many fortunate 1% that has acquired each doses, and simply 7% of our residents have acquired their first dose.
I’m fairly glad I’ve been vaccinated as a result of not less than on the times I work, I’ve been working into many sufferers who both have COVID or are good candidates for COVID. I’ve usually thought that the individuals working within the ICU have it the hardest so far as witnessing the emotional toll of COVID, watching their sufferers slowly battle and die or weaken severely. In EMS, we are saying good bye to our sufferers once we go away them on the ED. The place we now have it worse for my part is the chance for publicity. Again within the spring many of the COVID sufferers have been in nursing properties, assisted dwelling amenities, group properties and prisons, all locations the place the scenes are simply managed and the switch is often so simple as coming into a room and putting the affected person in your stretcher. Now it appears the COVID is sort of all in the neighborhood. This week, I did a affected person with COVID who was 300, wedged in a toilet, with altered psychological standing, and with a lot physique fluid not within the physique. His spouse additionally had COVID, and whereas she had her masks on, his had fallen down his chin. I had my N95 face masks, face protect, robe and gloves on. However I used to be with this affected person for an prolonged time in a cramped area attempting to extricate him. Selecting him up and getting out of the lavatory, and onto a stair chair after which navigating down cramped stairs with a bookcase on the backside that partially blocked our path, was tough and concerned extended shut bodily contact. Add to this, as in lots of scenes, random maskless members of the family and neighbors showing out of nowhere, desirous to know what’s going on, or assist, or merely say hello and goodbye to the affected person.
Observe that with a unadorned maskless affected person on PCP screaming to the demons in his head whereas we wrestled him onto the stretcher, a secretary at a well being clinic, who admits she has a fever, and doesn’t have a masks, and for some motive is getting a nebulizer whenever you stroll into the room with none report behind there’s a sick worker, the assault sufferer mendacity bloodied on the sidewalk with out a masks, loopy with rage and ache, the seizing affected person in an residence hallway. I’ve come to understand that each scene as we speak is a scorching zone, not simply those the place dispatch warns you to make use of precautions following their dispatch display screen. Not everybody has COVID, however many admit to having publicity to individuals who have COVID. I put on my PPE, regardless that it’s uncomfortable and I nonetheless can’t see out of the face shields half the time.
I marvel that COVID has not knocked me down but. Typically I feel I had it in February, different instances I ponder if I used to be asymptomatic, and the remainder, I simply should admit if I didn’t have it, the rattling PPE positive works. Nonetheless I’m grateful to be vaccinated, as a result of after the final couple shifts, I’ve to imagine COVID just isn’t near being defeated but.
Get Vaccinated. Put on you PPE Be secure all.