COVID-19 has undoubtedly upped the stress level for Pre-Hospital providers.
We don’t have the luxuries hospitals provide.
I have found myself resentful of that over the last few weeks.
How often do we hear (or say) “It must be nice to….have access all around the patient….have a nice controlled environment….be 72 degrees all day everyday…good lighting” and so on to our hospital providers??
I had big perspective shift after a short email exchange with an ED Doc I admire…I had asked her how she is managing wearing a mask all day. I asked because my first day of focused masking did not go well. With in an hour I had a migraine, by two hours I was nauseated, and by three hours my negative thoughts were spiraling out of control!
My ED Doc agreed, it takes some getting used to. But, what she said next changed by perspective in an instant…”If I were you, I’d go outside as much a possible and take the mask off for a few min.”
Dang. “It must be nice to”…. have a job where you can go walk outside and take a break from that mask and get some fresh air!
It must be nice to not to take care of 100’s of patients during a 12 hour shift.
I could go on and on about the many benefits we have in this job.
Don’t take for granted that most of us in the Pre-Hospital Environment get the luxury of being outside, getting fresh air, and can get a break.
If you are struggling right now, how can you find the good?
Can you find a shift or change in your perspective?
Just that little shift in perspective can be a game changer.
Have a safe day.
Take care of yourself first, so you can take care of others.
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