March 30, 2020
After talking with some of you over the last week I’ve come to the conclusion that every one of us are tired, overwhelmed, and deep in our personal grief. Times like these will test our resolve. Times like these will drain us of energy and strength. It’s ok if you feel like giving up. It’s ok if your grief is so overwhelming that you just want to curl up in bed with your loves and ride out this crisis in the safety and warmth of your home.
As our work demands us to be there for some of the most vulnerable in our communities, we are torn between taking care of our patients and families and taking care of our own families and ourselves. We will continue to provide excellent care and we will divide ourselves as often as possible between the demands placed upon us. We are professionals who take seriously our calling to care the sick and dying.
As we do that we will exhaust ourselves. We will get tired. We will grieve and we will hurt deep within. We have two options: 1) we quit and let someone else take it on (I know that’s not really who you are or what you are going to do, but it’s still an option) or 2) we will take seriously our personal responsibility to ensure we are as healthy as can be in our mental, spiritual, and physical well being. If you choose option 2 then let’s take a moment to prepare ourselves for a busy week ahead!
Every morning this week I’ll send you an activity to engage in to ground ourselves in something tangible to get us through the day. Remember, advice like this only works if you do it!
For today let’s take on something easy: Drink some water! In fact, drink a lot of water! Dehydration will only make the work we do harder. Remember, you are basically a houseplant with complicated emotions! A little water will go a long way!