Woman Shares Inspiring Story of Pulmonologist Father Working in COVID-19 Ground Zero
"My dad is a pulmonologist in the ICU. He works every day in the COVID Ground Zero...Thank you to all medical professionals. Everywhere."
The picture Natalie posted featured her father with two of his fellow health workers. All three of them, in a warm embrace, wore bright smiles despite their grim situation at work.
Kuhn wrote that her father had called her and explained what he understood her fear and panic. He described fear as something that could motivate while panic was chaos.
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This profound message stemmed from an experience that the man had while working. Natalie's father narrated a story in which he had received unsettling news that incited panic in him. He thankfully broke through the panic and earnestly returned focus to salvaging the situation.
Health professionals continue to battle the pandemic despite the ugly truth they must face.
Dr. Esther Choo, MD, MPH, an emergency room doctor and an associate professor at the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland revealed that as more coronavirus patients troop in, healthcare workers were going to have a higher fatality rate.
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My dad is a pulmonologist in the ICU. He works every day in the COVID Ground Zero. ✨ Today he called me when I was at my computer and I wrote down what he said: ✨ “You know, Natalie, you have to know the difference between fear and panic. Fear can be a good thing. It breaks through complacency. It makes people move; it motivates people to do something differently. I didn’t want to be drafted into the Vietnam War so you better believe I was going to make it into medical school, despite everyone else my age having the same ambition. ✨ But panic - well that’s like dropping ink in water - all the molecules go everywhere - and you have to recognize that you’re out of control. Panic is chaos.” ✨ Me: “What do you do if you start to panic in the ICU? Do you?” ✨ Dad: “Someone said something to me the other day - and I felt panic. Not fear. And I sat myself down. I recognized that I was the ink and I needed to come back to critical thinking... so I asked myself: ✨ What’s in my control? What’s useful? What are the things I can do to be able to do my work? What are the things that I can do to be safe? And I went through these things: I can wear my mask. I can wear my gloves. And I can be even more mindful of people - where they are, what they are doing, what I say and being more aware of my own self in every moment. ✨ And I regrouped. I’m not going to be the ink in the water. ✨ I can be motivated by fear, but never by panic.” ♥️ My dad took this picture and shared it with the family to remind us that he’s okay - that he’s still smiling - that he HAS a mask (!) - and that he’s being safe. 🩺 Thank you, Dad. Thank you, Kathleen. Thank you to all medical professionals. Everywhere. ✨ #thankyourdoctor #thankyournurse @kathleengrajeda
"We are going to have a higher fatality rate among other health workers, so there's just this kind of grim reality...and I think people are reasonably anxious."
Choo opened up about contingency plans she and her husband, a radiologist, had been putting in place in preparation for the worst-case scenario, as they share four young kids.
All around the world, immense gratitude for medical employees has been expressed. On March 31st, the Empire State building paid thoughtful tribute to first responders in the city and around the world.
The New York City landmark had a siren-like light revolving around its needle. New York has, unfortunately, become the epicenter for the disease in the US as more than sixty thousand people have tested positive.
#Handwashing is key to preventing the spread of #COVID19. But 2 in 5 healthcare facilities globally do not have 🧼 and 🚰 or alcohol-based hand sanitizer at points of care. #WorldWaterDay #SafeHands pic.twitter.com/vAPH4NNLCB— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) March 22, 2020
A retired doctor in England, Alfa Saadu, lost his life after he returned to the field to help treat coronavirus patients. Tragic events like this are what the families of these heroes, like Natalie Kuhn, fear.
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