Most times, a crisis is a lot like a sprint. Adrenaline runs high, energy kicks in, and brain, heart, and body work together to accomplish what might seem impossible.
The covid pandemic feels more like a marathon. For healthcare workers, adrenaline, energy, and physical and mental resources have long been exhausted.
What’s different (and perhaps unprecedented) about this marathon is that the crowd on the sidelines is mixed. Some are cheering us on, supporting our every ragged breath. Others are shouting insults, leering at us for our stupidity to run such a race.
The booing cuts deep. Still, those of us in healthcare are here because we value life. We will not give up even though we are so tired our bodies, minds, and souls are screaming for relief. We will not give up even when people are hurling accusations and insults from the sidelines. We care about life, and we will do everything we can to save just one more.
We care about life. We care about you. That’s why we run.