During this time of pause, we are taking a pause on our current messaging now to recognize all the women heroes, front liners and first responders and scientists that are quietly saving our lives. Everyday.
Women lead from wherever they are, and that’s never been more true than during the COVID-19 crisis. Women are on the front lines. They are
the majority of critical healthcare workers
, nurses, and aides. They are our unsung heroes. Women are leading the communal response. The stories of resilience are countless: the little free libraries
little free grocery stores. The women and girls
thousands upon thousands of last-line-of-defense face masks. The female bakers and chefs, caterers and florists, small business owners, and teachers offering resources to in-need neighbors, even if it impacts their ability to sustain beyond the crisis.
Millions of health care workers—physicians, nurses, technicians, other health care professionals, and hospital support staff, as well as first responders including emergency rescue personnel, law enforcement officers, and others who provide essential services and products—around the world have faced the challenge of providing care for patients with COVID-19, while often ill-equipped and poorly prepared, risking their own lives to save the lives of others. They honor us all with their commitment, dedication, and professionalism.
We want you to know that we appreciate every moment of expertise and compassion that you have to give.
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Let’s celebrate these women and many more to come over the next few weeks. Stay safe and healthy and peace to all.
his is # 2 in the series that will inspire.
This weeks unsung hero story:
From 2016 to 2019, Abinaya Chandrabalan worked in Toronto Mayor John Tory’s office as a special assistant while completing her degree in nursing.
Now, with her degree in hand, she’s moved from city hall to the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis, working as a nurse at Toronto’s Humber River Hospital in the Postpartum Mother-Baby Unit. Here are some things she would like to share.
It has been overwhelming to say the least. Overwhelmed with the constant new changes in regards to policies and procedures. Overwhelmed with the fear of contracting COVID-19 and bringing it home. Overwhelmed with managing and supporting our patients' concerns regarding COVID-19. Overwhelmed with having to be behind personal protective equipment (PPE) for 12 hours (it becomes extremely uncomfortable). Overwhelmed thinking about what’s to come. When is this going to resolve? How is the PPE supply? And so on.
n the beginning, the challenge was being able to get PPE. Initially, nurses across Ontario didn't have any PPE.
Following the PPE, our concerns were regarding the numerous visitors our patients receive — the increased traffic on the unit, or even the hospital, increases in the chances of spreading, which have since been addressed.
Another issue we were experiencing was staff shortage. There is an attestation form we fill out at the beginning of every shift, stating we do not have any of the COVID-19 symptoms. Should a nurse experience any of those symptoms, they have to be tested before they can come back to the unit. The tests were taking anywhere from six to nine days to come back, resulting in the unit being down an employee for that long. If there are even two people off for that long, you can see how it would cause a concern. Since, there has been an expedited process for health care workers, so results are coming back in 48 hours.
A persisting challenge is staying on top of all the new updates. Things are constantly in motion, so on top of taking care of patients, you have to constantly find time to stay up to date with what has been changed.
We are running on survival mode and, not to mention most importantly, safety mode. That means elective surgeries have been cancelled, non-urgent medical appointments have been cancelled, a lot of support services have been cancelled.
But I also want to tell everyone to take care of themselves. This is a difficult time for everyone, not only the essential workers. Be kind to yourself and those around you. It is a time of unknown and we know that causes a lot of angst, worry, fear, and loneliness. We have to all get to the other side of this together.
Courtesy credit: Global Citizen
PINKK on POINT: "Be kind to yourself and those around you. The unknown we are experiencing necessitates kindness. We will win together with kindness."
We do know we need inspiration of all sorts, and we always need to celebrate so stay tuned as we may be back to music soon or other inspirational sources as we need to celebrate together. We get it.
If there is someone you want to celebrate here and now during this crisis, or a team you want to acknowledge send a note to
. We are committed to supporting you.