Contributed by MorCare’s Executive Vice President, Brian Pate.
Over the past few months, we’ve all endured the rattling effect of COVID-19 in some way. You, me, your neighbor, and people on the other side of the world. Three months ago, this statement would sound very presumptuous at the least to insinuate one event had and continues to have a worldwide effect. Yet, here I am positive that in some way you can relate to this.
It’s hard to fathom the magnitude of a universal upset like COVID. I’m still amazed that a pandemic like this could occur. I find it challenging to believe with all the knowledge we’ve gained, from the fluid and rapid innovation of the technology sector, to the immense advances and strides made in medical research…. here we are, living through a circumstance that will one day be referenced in history.
A close friend of a family member who we’ll call Anne, is a radiologist, a horse lover and spends a lot of her time riding horse carts. While out riding in the fields on her farm alone, her horse either spooked, or she lost control of the cart, and it ended up on top of her. Her husband found her many hours later and she was rushed to the hospital with a fractured skull, a punctured lung, and several broken bones. Anne was put into a medically induced coma until the swelling in her brain went down, spending 6 weeks in the ICU. One of the challenges for both Anne and her husband is that due to COVID, like many, she was not allowed any visitors. And while she may not have known, it was extremely difficult for her family and friends not to be with her. After 25 days in a coma, she woke up and has since improved enough to be moved out of ICU. She continues to work through many physical challenges, but her mind and communication are good. And thankfully, she is now able to FaceTime with her loved ones.
Like Anne’s story, many of us have examples of the complexities that have increased in receiving (or not receiving) medical care during these unprecedented times. While forced changes from the pandemic have posed a struggle for many, we have not lost sight of the fact this has been a huge struggle for doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers who are putting their lives on the line every day to help others. From the anxiety to prepare for COVID and what ‘might come’, to being in the thick of it, followed by the stress of what “normal” life will look like after this… undoubtedly this pandemic has taken its toll and has projected a lot of stress and restlessness among many.
We simply can’t thank all of the medical, frontline and essential workers out there enough who are risking their lives to help others and contributing positively to the cause. We acknowledge all your efforts across many scenarios and the dedication you have demonstrated to ensuring our communities are kept healthy. We commend and support you through this effort, today, tomorrow and every day. Let’s keep in mind that CV-19 was not a momentary event but continues today with cases growing by the day. So, for the sake of all the frontline workers and out of respect to them, let’s continue to be vigilant in doing our part to reduce the spread which means wearing masks, washing hands, and continuing to follow social distancing guidelines.T
Through these unprecedented times, MorCare has taken time to reflect and refocus. What have we learned? We are committed. To the safety of our employees that serve you. To our customers on the front line working tirelessly for everyone’s wellbeing. And to continuing to make a meaningful contribution that adds value to the health industry sectors which our solutions serve. Please know, we’re here to help you, support you, and answer any questions or concerns you may have.
Thanks for reading and please stay safe!
EVP, MorCare LLC