1/ Many people have been saying "thank you" to me for working on #covid19 response
I've been thinking about this a lot
There is a lady who cleans the cubicle where I have been working each night- she's there later than I am
But I'm not sure that anyone has thanked her
She is originally from El Salvador; we spoke about this too
She exposes herself to keep our workspaces clean and protect us- but who is protecting her?
Who is recognizing her? thanking her?
Those who are most forgotten and taken for granted- the people making your food, cleaning your offices or houses, those who cannot afford to miss work, bc that is life/death for them
We owe them a lot.
Many of these people don't have a doctor to call up if they have symptoms
Many are afraid of deportation still; they can't afford to trust our health system either
As a doctor, I recognize so much similarity in what I'm doing and what that lady cleaning the office space is doing.
She too is on a frontline. If not for her, I could be sick
The difference is how invisible she is
There will be a world post #covid19
Remember that there were many heroes- some visible, on television or twitter, & that's great
But so many who don't get recognized; who systematically are silenced and exploited
Remember what they did for you during this time
They, too, saved your life while risking theirs.
The lady I described-- the woman from El Salvador-- reminded me of Tila, the woman who raised me
I moved here from India when I was 1.5 years old
Growing up my parents, brand new to this country, both worked full time, straight hustle
& by Tila- an immigrant from El Salvador
I spoke Spanish & Hindi as a kid, literally translating for my grandma & my nanny bc they couldn't understand each other
Tila was my second mom, & still is
but I know the stories of all the struggle she went through/ lived some of them
As fellow immigrants, my parents did what they could to help her/her family as well
Tila was the person who would be home for me after school
Lots of kids don't have this luxury
When I saw that woman cleaning the cubicle, I saw a woman who raised me
Highlight the people that don't get credit- credit they deserve