Our world has changed, drastically. We’re faced with a multitude of decisions, paranoia, questions, facts, grief, misdirection, blame, fear, gratitude, hostility, panic… the list could go on with a turmoil of emotions in a frenzy of endless speculation about the future. The saddest result of the pandemic is the loss of our loved ones, both young and older, who were blindsided by the depth of the virus.
Without our specialized medical teams, doctors, nurses and the other personnel with diagnostic skills, we would not survive. But we need to recognize the others, who conduct their roles with no fanfare or special recognition and round out the entirety of the health system.
I’m referring to those who do the intake at hospitals/clinics. Those who stock the shelves with masks, gloves, gowns and equipment. Personnel who sweep in to clean, sanitize and stay discreetly out of the way of the others. Those who prepare and serve healthy food choices. The crews that pick up the soiled laundry, deliver it for laundering and restock the clean linens. The tech personnel who transport patients to the diagnostic machines and situate them carefully for testing. The clerical staff who enter the data. Security staff; hospital officers and board members that are collaborating minute to minute how to best handle the novel challenges of the crisis.
Although it’s impossible to acknowledge all our health resource personnel, please know that you are respected and appreciated if you aren’t listed specifically. Additionally, there are so many people in our communities that are devoting themselves to unselfish acts for the benefit of others. Local Food Banks are still collecting and distributing food. Banks, gas stations, car repair, car washes and some stores are still open. Restaurants are providing take-out and delivery. Engaged couples are cancelling pricey weddings and using a local certified Justice of the Peace now and possibly scheduling an additional ceremony after the pandemic concludes.
Yes, it’s true that many churches have put large congregational services on hold, but for very good reasons. Large groups have been discouraged from being together and that includes church services, including those that include communion from a shared challis and holy water shared by many. And yes, this has caused discomfort and confusion by the members of those denominations because some of the congregants participate in specific services at certain times on a daily and yearly basis.
Bottom line, we need to bond together in this crisis, follow the directions from the medical professionals and be vigilant about our own and our family’s health. Stay tuned to the updated information on all news channels for a compilation of the truth, read your local newspaper for updated information, monitor your own health and family members and reach out to others around you in caring and support. Everyone has a neighbor or two that needs reassurance and assistance and your compassion will go a long way to healing the divisiveness presently in our country and enhance the American values that have existed for centuries.