Morgan, Essexville

Storyteller: Jessica Thompson

Morgan is a relatively new nurse, working in a Covid unit at one of the heaviest impacted hospitals locally. She states with all the commotion going on in the world she truly can’t remember exactly when she first heard of Covid. “It’s been the longest year of my life, yet when I look back on it- It’s a blur,” she replied. Obviously working in healthcare, you are used to being exposed to different illnesses/ diseases. Yet, when there is a global crisis like this, it certainly makes you more conscientious of your own personal hygiene routine. “My hands are so dry and cracked from the constant use of soap, sanitizer, and gloves. The alcohol in the sanitizer is a constant reminder of the pandemic as it burns my hands when I use it now.” Morgan, like so many others, feels like she has been robbed of time. Time from her family and friends that she will never be able to get back. Although there has been a lot of trial and defeat in the work setting, Morgan has found it entertaining to try to teach her elderly patients or grandparents how to use technology to keep in touch. “Sometimes it just goes right over their head, and they don’t have a clue how to use these “fancy phones” as they call them. Other people though, pick up on it quickly. We have elderly patients that use the iPad at work better than me!” Through all of this, the biggest lesson Morgan has learned is that life is too short. So go out and enjoy your loved ones, make memories, and appreciate the little things in life, because I have seen just how short life can be. Unfortunately, not all of our patients make it home to see their loved ones again.

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