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April 2020

INTENSIVE CARE NURSES IN PAIN

INTENSIVE CARE NURSES AND DOCTORS TRULY SORRY:

Intensive Care Nurses are in pain, and genuinely sorry for many are dying.  I was unable to sleep throughout the night because l was thinking, what is this, and how far is coronavirus taking us? What else can l do to make these patients stay with us?  We feel somehow that we are failing these patients and their families while saving a few.  It is hard and tough, watching them snatched away from us just like that.  Reflecting on the conversation had with these patients, they all wanted to make it.  What about the younger age group.  I feel for all family, and we are sorry that we are unable to save many.  Please, l am practically begging you, kindly continue to stay at home for us if you can, we love and value every human life, while we appreciate it is not easy for everyone worldwide.

INTENSIVE CARE NURSES AND DOCTORS ARE EMOTIONALLY DRAINED

Focus is on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), whether it works or not that is left for THEM to decide.  But, our faces are damaged with spots, bruises, redness, marks and stressful breathing when wearing them—and talking louder than usual, and other things.  However, the emotional stress that Nurses and Doctors are going through, families, and patients are enormous.  I could not sleep last night knowing, l will not see my patient again in the morning.  While writing this, my eyes are in tears, and grieving is present.  People who have lost someone very close knows what it means to lose anyone.  Caring for someone, hoping they will get better and the force is so strong that they pass, is heartbreaking and painful.

Moreover, my heart is broken but shall find strength from Them Up There to carry on!  I shall carry on with my duty of care, come what may.  We hardly maintain a healthy diet, nor drink enough water due to the PPE, stress, emotional pain, shock and loneliness. However, we find comfort in our Vocation to continue with our callings. To Care is Divine and a Gift.  Thank you all for your kind prayers and support, rest assure it is uplifting and helping us to know that you, the Great Briton is firmly behind us.  Please remember your exercises and balanced diet, have a good sleep and drink enough water.  Relax and be cheerful, for all shall be well.  Hand washing should be taken seriously, wash hands after every activity.  THANK YOU!

NURSES SHALL SERVE THE COUNTRY TO THE LAST

We will carry on with the sinking ship and the cross, and see where it lands.  United Kingdom Nurses and Doctors will not give up, and we shall serve our dear Country to the very last, no matter how many of us shall be left.  We shall fulfil our obligations during this Pandemic.  Above all, we also know, one day we shall all conquer COVID19.  Be strong and bear patience, for it will soon be over before we know it.  Although, for how long has no immediate answer, but somehow mysterious things do happen and will bring Pandemic to an end.  Darkness always fades away once there is light and there will always be light everywhere on Earth as much as it is over THERE.

BE STILL MY SOUL HUMANITAS FELICITAS

INTENSIVE CARE BEDSIDE NURSES

FROM THE UK BEDSIDE NURSES:  PATIENTS ARE FAMILY TO US:

Intensive Care Bedside Nurses.  The Nurses care for the patients like how a mother will look after her sons and daughters, especially when feeling sick or ill.  The care from Bedside Nurses is what leads to patient’s recovery at the earliest when admitted to the Ward and or Intensive Care Unit.  Moreover, l am glad to be an Intensive Care Bedside Nurse, caring for Coronavirus patients face to face.  Stay healthy everyone at this difficult time. Everything will be alright again.

PATIENTS ARE FAMILY TO NURSES

The bedside Nurses are the healing hands, the Nucleus of healthcare, the heartbeat of care in itself.  We are not social distancing from our patients, and we wear our protective equipment and care for our patients as usual.  As bedside nurses, we know patients and families depend totally on us to help them and restore their health.  The greatest of all is health, we understand that, and I and my colleagues, the Doctors and associate healthcare professionals, all hands are on deck to help our patients get through this challenging time successfully.  Meanwhile, we respect and value our patients and their families. And, the Nurses understand the emotional stress families are going through because they are unable to visit the hospital and patients are not able to see their loved ones when most needed.
We only wanted you to know that your loved ones are safe in our hands, and they are not alone.  The Bedside Nurses are your best friend and part of your family.  We are looking after your loved ones very well. Nurses are feeding, washing, treating and comforting them.  Put your mind at rest because we are on it.  God bless you all.  May, the good Angels, help us to treat and restore our patient’s health to normal. CORONAVIRUS WILL SURELY BE DEFEATED.

NURSES ARE THE REAL GOOD SAMARITANS

Moreover, Nurses have these interpersonal skills, holding your hands, giving assurance and instil confidence in you and telling you, it is going to be alright.  The soft tone of voice and gentle touch, showing you compassion and saying, you will get well and discharge from the Unit, don’t worry.  They carry out the Physicians plans for the patient, and it is down to the bedside nurse to deliver it and achieve positive results.  Also, the Nursing Intervention, support, compassion, empathise care given to the patient is unmeasurable.  Vocation is a Vocation with a bonus of education, leading to a professional career.  However, without the inner calling in the first place, nothing else makes it work better.  The genuine calling always makes a massive positive difference to any care. Guess it is right to say, Bedside Nurses, hold the keys to nursing back the good health from illnesses.

THE BEDSIDE NURSING INTERVENTION 

We love Bedside Nursing because it is where the healing itself takes place.  Therefore, we support everyone’s job with a shared goal to see our patients get better.  We seemingly work with Doctors and Surgeons from all Department, and, with Dietician, Healthcare Associates, Physiotherapist, Pharmacist, Speech Therapist.  And also, Ambulance Staff, Families, Cleaners, Kitchen Assistant and Porters.  We all aim to achieve a common goal to see patients speedy recovery.

Moreover, we work together as a team, and while maintaining a good team spirit, we make team efforts and a better outcome for patients and their families.  And for us, we produce a sense of satisfaction and selflessness.  Meanwhile, without bedside Nurses, there will not be hospital admissions, surgery, Outpatient Clinics, and so on.  Nurses are the vital strong-hold of Healthcare industries, and they should get respect and recognition at all cost.

BEDSIDE NURSES MAKE PATIENTS WELL AGAIN

We care for all the body organ system in intensive care units, and the use of technical equipment that supports multiple organs and preventing various organ failures.  We use Ventilators (Kidney machines), Monitoring, Skin and Pressure Sores management.  Besides, what about drugs and infusions, Nursing Skills and quick intervention, hands-on, to mention a few.  Also, we ask Oh; God bless bedside Nurses for all what they do.  We are the end stick of the arrow and love what we quietly do by the patients’ bedside.  We also keep the bedside clean and tidy by the way!

Thank you to all the people of the United Kingdom, and around the World for staying at home and obeying COVID19 RULES.  The Nurses and Doctors stand by you both day and night.  Meanwhile, the other day l was looking through the hospital windows, while at work, and l saw birds flying in the sky, they appeared happy and cheerful, flying so freely.  And, l thought how pleasant it would be for us to feel free and happy again, start a healthy life and moving forward.  But, still, l felt how do the birds feed themselves following a lockdown?  No food is throwing consciously or unconsciously on the ground by humans as a result of staying at home.  Although it seems the pollution level is less, perhaps that makes the birds happy and can feel the fresh air. However, guess it is right and just to say, somehow Mother Nature feeds and take care of, all things bright and beautiful, especially during a stressful situation and or a circumstance.  We find a solace somehow in life.

 NECESSITY IS THE MOTHER OF INVENTION

CORONAVIRUS AND PSYCHOSOCIAL AT HOME

DEALING WITH THE EFFECTS OF CORONAVIRUS AT HOME:

Coronavirus and psychosocial at home is undoubtedly challenging and daunting.  The government, the NHS, healthcare workers have pleaded for everyone to stay at home.  The people of the United Kingdom have listened and now staying at home indefinitely.  THANK YOU.  How do we cope with staying at home after some time?  How do we manage the psychosocial implications of staying at home longer than usual?

CORONAVIRUS AND WELL-BEING

Staying off work and at home in a normal situation is a relief to have a good rest, fulfil schedule travelling, carry out plans and many other arrangements that need accomplishing.  Proper sleep and freedom to do whatever you want, such as activities of daily living, exercises, a balanced diet, healthy lifestyle and some DIY.  However, at present, the type of staying at home is abnormal and compulsory.  Moreover, it presents anxiety, worries, fear of the unknown and financial insecurity.  The schools and businesses closed, freedom of movement, job security and health are compromised.  Society seeks a quick solution to eradicate Coronavirus as soonest and to build back a healthy life.

HOW DO WE OVERCOME PSYCHOSOCIAL STRESS

It is indeed a challenging time. Who would have thought that the beautiful Christmas and the New Year celebrated only just a few months ago, will turn around to hunt humanity this way with Coronavirus.  People have been unwell, and many have lost their lives and the worse of all, families are not allowed to visit loved ones at the hospital.  And, not even wife, sons, daughters and grandchildren have the chance to hold the hands of the loved ones, and to watch the last breath taken, and to say their goodbyes.  How terrible is this?  It is cruel.

At this point, our heart goes to affected families throughout the world.  We are sorry that we were unable to save their lives, and we pay our condolences with hymns (ABIDE WITH ME: IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL: ROCK OF AGES: NEARER MY GOD TO THEE: AND GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS).  Nurses and Doctors are now families to patients, standing by them and telling them it is going to be alright.  Meanwhile, Nurses gives the end of life care and final respect, while tears roll down their cheeks.  Moreover, some patients were lucky to use mobile phones, iPad to receive goodbyes from families.  It is not pleasant, isn’t it?  Personally, nearly two decades of Intensive Care Nursing have not seen anything like this.  It is right to say; indeed, it is strange.

Similarly, can life ever be the same again?  Fear for the future is building up every day, will l be infected, will l survive, my business, jobs, plans for life, weddings, birth and children, healthy ways of life, will it ever be normal again.  All of these questions need answers.

COPING OR NOT COPING AT HOME

However, all is not lost.  It is time to fight back by getting rid of anxiety, fears and worries.  Everyone copes differently and accepting the situation we are in, taking responsibility and discipline, is the first victory.  Obeying the government and medical officer’s advise is another step to accomplishing a positive way forward.  Coping at home can be a moment for reflection, guess time to do those things that you had wanted to do of which time does not permit.  Things like learning passionate hobbies, such as drawing, reading novels, learning musical instruments, dancing, singing, painting, sewing.  Also, online learning, DIY, wedding planner, motivational speech, and time to think of creativity that will earn you additional income working from home, when life comes back to normal.  Re-kindle your love to partners and family.

Is it time to get occupied with creativity and think less of Coronavirus?  Coronavirus is a phase, and it will pass anyhow, just nobody knows how long it will linger around.  However, have a fighting spirit, get up and do something beautiful for yourself, whether staying at home or going to work.  It is a situation that we are in 2020.  It is nobody’s fault, and we have to face it and find a way to get over it, while the government get on with it to find the quickest solutions possible. 

Music is a functional psychotherapy proven by Neurologist.  Play music, for music, brings joy and happiness, dance, meditate, yoga if you can, and exercise.  Maintain a balanced diet, and put your mind at rest; we are all in it together.  Eat well, and sleep well, and don’t worry, everything will be alright again.  Moreover, our scientists, infection and disease experts are looking for a solution critically at present.

Overall, Nurses will remain the dedicated ring bearers and the frontline carers, caring for all patients.  Bear with us, for our hearts are bleeding too.  Look after one another, live in peace and harmony.  One most significant medicine towards all of these is LOVE.  Stand together as a family and show affection to one another.  Love conquers many negative things, where love exists, there are lights and light overrides darkness.  Watch films together, play music and enjoy it together at home, be happy.  I leave you all in peace while we carry on caring for our dear patients in the intensive care unit.  There will always be joy in the morning and may Coronavirus not steal our joy and freedom.  May life treat you kind, and find you a comforter during this challenging phase of life, and forever. 

YOU RAISE ME UP HUMANITAS FELICITAS!

THANK YOU UNITED KINGDOM FOR STAYING AT                 HOME FOR US.  THANK YOU!