Healthcare workers having COVID stress?

RNrecovery

Learning
The last year was hell for health care workers. Hospital workers had it worse. But the pressure has been there for everyone. Then trying to do our jobs and manage vaccine distribution safely with bare bones staff. It felt like the pressure was lifting enough for me to manage it recently. Now things are ramping up. It feels just like 2020 when we were setting up FEMA tents and I was just praying we could handle the stress and stay well. I know we can be vaccinated now. I know it’s not the same as it was. But it sure feels like it.

We started talking about some simple plans for seeing sick patients and I panicked. I kept it together on the outside but my heart was racing and it was all I could do just to walk out of the meeting. And say “I can’t do this again” It feels like I am on the edge of something horrible happening.

Any other health care workers feeling anxious with the Covid spikes and new variants?
 
I am not a health care worker but I just want to say that I tip my hat to you and all of your kin, the world over. Thank you 🙏

You were brave when we were all sick to our stomachs wondering what this strange happening was, stepped up and nursed and cared for people as they died terrible deaths and saved so many from that too.

Stepped up shift after shift, day after day when the chances of being infected yourself were enormous but you still stayed and followed through.

Stepped up to comfort people paralysed with grief and still kept going despite your own grief.

And yes, stepped up and started vaccinating millions of people, day after day and more.

In another life I was a health care worker and then moved on to FR and I am certain that the pressure, the duration of the pressure (stress) and the fact that it really isn't over for you yet must still feel sickening.

I hope you're okay and I know it doesn't mean much coming from an internet stranger but thank you, THANK YOU a million times over.

I know you must feel the shifting sands under your feet every day and worry that you will be there again. I don't know how to salve your wounds and lessen your concerns but just take great care of yourself no matter what. I want you to live a long and happy life knowing that you have saved many, many lives last year and today.
 

Sues

Confident
I am a healthcare worker in a hospital. It was absolute hell. We were overrun with covid and no hope of having enough staff. I was lucky. My trauma brain had me thinking ahead on supplies and what to do and how to do it. So I didn't get as overwhelmed as some. That being said, I did have a rough time. We all did. And now? All our covid patients are not vaccinated. It pisses me off that we can prevent this from happening again, but people won't get the vaccine.

I am anxious about another spike. I know it will be just as deadly because the patients are not vaccinated.
 

RNrecovery

Learning
I am not a health care worker but I just want to say that I tip my hat to you and all of your kin, the world over. Thank you 🙏

You were brave when we were all sick to our stomachs wondering what this strange happening was, stepped up and nursed and cared for people as they died terrible deaths and saved so many from that too.

Stepped up shift after shift, day after day when the chances of being infected yourself were enormous but you still stayed and followed through.

Stepped up to comfort people paralysed with grief and still kept going despite your own grief.

And yes, stepped up and started vaccinating millions of people, day after day and more.

In another life I was a health care worker and then moved on to FR and I am certain that the pressure, the duration of the pressure (stress) and the fact that it really isn't over for you yet must still feel sickening.

I hope you're okay and I know it doesn't mean much coming from an internet stranger but thank you, THANK YOU a million times over.

I know you must feel the shifting sands under your feet every day and worry that you will be there again. I don't know how to salve your wounds and lessen your concerns but just take great care of yourself no matter what. I want you to live a long and happy life knowing that you have saved many, many lives last year and today.
Thank you for such a thoughtful response. We have had many supportive people. The shifting sands comments rings true. It feels like we can’t ever get our footing.

I am a healthcare worker in a hospital. It was absolute hell. We were overrun with covid and no hope of having enough staff. I was lucky. My trauma brain had me thinking ahead on supplies and what to do and how to do it. So I didn't get as overwhelmed as some. That being said, I did have a rough time. We all did. And now? All our covid patients are not vaccinated. It pisses me off that we can prevent this from happening again, but people won't get the vaccine.

I am anxious about another spike. I know it will be just as deadly because the patients are not vaccinated.
This current spike brings a whole new level of stress. Last time there wasn’t much we could do. One day was normal and the next an new virus was ravaging the world. This time the deaths are preventable. Everyone in our ICUs is unvaccinated.

The one good thing is that at least I know what’s coming. I’m tired and don’t feel ready but deep down I know I am ready.
 

Freida

Sponsor
I honestly don't know how you do it. A friend of mine was an icu charge nurse and she and all her coworkers were just exhausted all the time. The toll it must take on you is unimaginable , especially since this next round could have been prevented.

I truly admire all of you.....and hope someday you get the credit you deserve 💜 💜
 
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