1/ I have been spending most of the last 6 weeks working on population-level #covid19 response in my state.
But the days on the clinical wards are what really keep me true to the work at hand.
You have to know who you are fighting for to know what you are fighting for.
You form a bond with your patients- & the fight you fight ends up being for those people.
You show up every day for them
That's the promise you make- the oath you take
Someone who trusts you to do right by them- to show them compassion, to give them 110%, to treat them with kindness
These things might sound simple, but they can be easily forgotten in a fast-paced world
And a lady who told me how much her faith was carrying her through an otherwise terrifying experience.
Hope is a force that must carry us.
I spoke w/ #nurses who shared having to use one mask for an entire week.
But, they were there, doing the work, showing up.
Camaraderie is powerful.
Knowing others believe in you, & you believe in them- that matters.
All the docs on the frontline that I know are fighting for one thing: their patients.
The studies, the papers, the publications, the accolades, the TV interviews, the promotions, etc-- none of that matters as a *doctor* if it takes you too far from your patients.
For that patient who is going to sleep tonight, afraid or unsure of what tomorrow will bring: know that we are going to show up for you, every day.