Regarding the recent COVID-19 outbreak at Royal Inland Hospital, there are some things the public should consider.
Not everyone is the spouse of a health-care worker, but, without a doubt, every health-care worker has a home life.
There are times when one might give a few moments’ thought to whether their partner is going to be sworn at or hit while on shift. You are thankful when they come home safe and are at times a bit quiet because something has happened and you know they can’t talk about it.
During the pandemic, you bid them a good day/evening/night as they leave for the hospital. When they come home, they enter through the downstairs door, put their clothes in the washing machine and have a shower. You might have a hot supper ready.
After they have eaten and played with the dog, you are both thankful for another shift completed. There is always that sense of wonder in the back of your minds — has there been contact with the COVID-19 virus?
I hope home life for the staff at Royal Inland Hospital is with a partner who is supportive and understanding.
I spent some time on the surgical floor in the fall of 2009.
Although I tried to be a model patient, I sure didn’t feel like being a nice guy. The staff in that unit put up with a lot of people who are in pain, who are grumpy and who are tired of being there.
Let’s see all hospital workers through this outbreak and support them the best we can.