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Fri Jul 31, 2020, 03:24 PM

I have a friend in Florida who is a nurse.

She retired to Florida in January of 2020 after working for 40 years for a Chicago hospital. When COVID became so bad, she felt she had to go back and help. She has worked for a large hospital in the Miami area. She was the head nurse in an ICU unit in Chicago, now she is a worker bee which is fine with her.

The stories she has told me in the past 3 weeks make me cry. She calls me often to "vent" which I am more than happy to allow her to do. She lost 3 patients in the past two days, one had been married for 52 years and his wife could not be with him when he passed. She said the last thing he said before he was put on the ventilator was to "tell his girlfriend he loved her and would see her on the other side". He only lasted a few days on the vent.

I totally blame 45 and his enablers including that worthless governor of Florida. I can't imagine not being able to see my husband before I died.

All of the medical personnel are heroes in my book. Working long shifts, volunteering to go back after retiring (there are more than a few of those), being away from their families so they don't infect them. They are true patriots.

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Reply I have a friend in Florida who is a nurse. (Original post)
redstatebluegirl Jul 31 OP
StarryNite Jul 31 #1
redstatebluegirl Jul 31 #2
StarryNite Jul 31 #3
redstatebluegirl Jul 31 #4
StarryNite Jul 31 #9
druidity33 Aug 1 #25
jayschool2013 Jul 31 #12
StarryNite Jul 31 #13
Tiger8 Aug 1 #30
LuckyLib Jul 31 #16
JmAln Aug 1 #22
Thekaspervote Jul 31 #5
redstatebluegirl Jul 31 #7
SoonerPride Jul 31 #6
oldsoftie Aug 1 #27
FM123 Jul 31 #8
redstatebluegirl Jul 31 #10
appleannie1 Jul 31 #11
redstatebluegirl Jul 31 #14
LymphocyteLover Jul 31 #17
appleannie1 Jul 31 #19
LymphocyteLover Jul 31 #20
uponit7771 Aug 1 #23
leftieNanner Jul 31 #15
Kitchari Jul 31 #18
zentrum Aug 1 #21
DSandra Aug 1 #24
spanone Aug 1 #26
niyad Aug 1 #28
Dreampuff Aug 1 #29

Response to redstatebluegirl (Original post)

Fri Jul 31, 2020, 03:29 PM

1. With no end in sight.

Those medical heroes need our support. It makes me furious when I hear, and I hear it often, that this isn't really as bad as the press makes it seem. Or even worse the ones who still say it's nothing but a hoax and the doctors and nurses on the evening news are only actors.

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Response to StarryNite (Reply #1)

Fri Jul 31, 2020, 03:29 PM

2. People who say that should have to do one shift at a hospital ICU.

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Response to redstatebluegirl (Reply #2)

Fri Jul 31, 2020, 03:33 PM

3. I agree!

Only then will they stop spreading stupidity and stupidity in this case kills.

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Response to StarryNite (Reply #3)

Fri Jul 31, 2020, 03:35 PM

4. Listening to my friend talk is heartbreaking.

I swear a lot of these people will have PTSD after this is over.

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Response to redstatebluegirl (Reply #4)

Fri Jul 31, 2020, 03:50 PM

9. I am sure you are correct.

I just hope they know that the vast majority of people do appreciate them and know they are actually putting their lives on the line to help others and that makes them heroes in every sense of the word.

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Response to redstatebluegirl (Reply #2)

Sat Aug 1, 2020, 09:02 AM

25. without PPE. nt.

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Response to StarryNite (Reply #1)

Fri Jul 31, 2020, 04:05 PM

12. The Alex Jones Effect. Frontline from this week.

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Response to jayschool2013 (Reply #12)

Fri Jul 31, 2020, 04:11 PM

13. Thank you for sharing this.

I know it will be chilling but I'm going to watch it anyway.

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Response to StarryNite (Reply #13)

Sat Aug 1, 2020, 03:02 PM

30. I just watched, and it was chilling

I donít know which is worse....that Alex Jones lies, knowing that heís going to get people killed, or that there are so many stupid people who actually believe him.

There must be powerful right wingers backing Alex Jones. I canít imagine how he makes $100,000 a day selling male virility pills.

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Response to jayschool2013 (Reply #12)

Fri Jul 31, 2020, 05:33 PM

16. This was amazing. A truly sick and twisted man.

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Response to jayschool2013 (Reply #12)

Sat Aug 1, 2020, 12:28 AM

22. Thanks for posting this.

I did not realize Trump was listening to Alex Jones to that extent, and spouting his bullshit. Just wow. What is our country coming to when our president is influenced by and repeats such absurd conspiracy theories? And a segment of the population goes along with it all. Yikes!

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Response to redstatebluegirl (Original post)

Fri Jul 31, 2020, 03:38 PM

5. Thank you for sharing..tell your friend she has dozens of well wishers here

We need to keep these kinds of stories front and center!!

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Response to Thekaspervote (Reply #5)

Fri Jul 31, 2020, 03:42 PM

7. I tell her that every time I talk to her.

I tell her that there are lots of Americans who support her and don't think this is a hoax. I have used DU as an example.

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Response to redstatebluegirl (Original post)

Fri Jul 31, 2020, 03:39 PM

6. I think people who don't take it seriously should be denied medical care

These nurses and doctors are seriously endangering their own lives and for what? People who didn't wear a mask or thought it was a hoax or went to bars every night and partied it up?

I think they should be opted out of medical treatment.

But I am heartless that way.

Medical care should be reserved for those who have done everything in their power to avoid getting sick.

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Response to SoonerPride (Reply #6)

Sat Aug 1, 2020, 10:29 AM

27. In a perfect world, only those who dismiss it would catch it.

I say that often.

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Response to redstatebluegirl (Original post)

Fri Jul 31, 2020, 03:45 PM

8. Please give your friend a big (virtual) hug and thank you from us!

Yes, it's so bad down here that our local newspaper (The Sun Sentinel) had to write our governor an open letter begging for help. Of course DeSantis, like his buddy Trump, could not care less...

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Response to FM123 (Reply #8)

Fri Jul 31, 2020, 03:52 PM

10. She told me last night that the bright spot in all this is she has made many good friends.

Some of those are family members of patients, since she helps them communicate with their families via ipad before they are vented and then giving them updates afterwards. She said one family wrote her a lovely note that she keeps pinned up by where she changes.

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Response to redstatebluegirl (Original post)

Fri Jul 31, 2020, 04:05 PM

11. My youngest daughter is a nurse in a COVID unit

Like you, she uses me to vent. Right now there are 57 staff members that are positive and she is waiting for the results of her test. She is not running a temp so she has to keep working while she is waiting. Needless to say, she is angry about the lack of PPE.

I worry about the mental state of medical workers when this is all over. It is no different than being in a war zone. Keep sitting and listening to your friend. It is a life line right now.

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Response to appleannie1 (Reply #11)

Fri Jul 31, 2020, 04:31 PM

14. She doesn't have much family.

We found each other and have been like sisters ever since. Hoping for the best for your daughter. Hugs.

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Response to appleannie1 (Reply #11)

Fri Jul 31, 2020, 05:39 PM

17. Holy crap-- good luck with everything

she has some PPE though? Just not enough to change it regularly?

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Response to LymphocyteLover (Reply #17)

Fri Jul 31, 2020, 09:37 PM

19. one mask a day, she made her own hair cap and I bought gallons of dairy farm/restaurant sanitizer

concentrate that she can mix and put in spray bottles for her and her co-workers to spray their shoes, wipe their stethoscopes, computer things they now chart with etc. There still are not enough ventilators in many hospitals, not just theirs. They now have a huge tent in the parking lot for non covid symptom ER patients because the actual ER is not big enough for all the daily patients they see. She is in a vacation hot spot. One of those destinations they are saying to stay away from. Sort of like Florida.

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Response to appleannie1 (Reply #19)

Fri Jul 31, 2020, 11:17 PM

20. Yikes! That's so unacceptable. It's all so fucked up.

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Response to LymphocyteLover (Reply #20)

Sat Aug 1, 2020, 05:14 AM

23. +1, ... and all so preventable, S Korea has 4.3% unemployment

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Response to redstatebluegirl (Original post)

Fri Jul 31, 2020, 05:27 PM

15. Please wish her well from all of us on DU

It makes me sick that we are finding out today (although we had suspicions at the time) that Prince Jared stopped the implementation of the program that was devised by his "task force" because he thought Covid was only in Blue States.

There are not enough evil words in the dictionary to express what I feel about him.

Sending good vibes to your friend and for the great work she is doing.

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Response to redstatebluegirl (Original post)

Fri Jul 31, 2020, 08:07 PM

18. K&R n/t

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Response to redstatebluegirl (Original post)

Sat Aug 1, 2020, 12:14 AM

21. And the nurses...

Ö.are developing PTSD, as well.

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Response to redstatebluegirl (Original post)

Sat Aug 1, 2020, 07:02 AM

24. This is beyond a nightmare now



This is a level of horror and misery not experienced in this country probably in at least 90 years.

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Response to redstatebluegirl (Original post)

Sat Aug 1, 2020, 09:04 AM

26. ...and a governor who wants to please only one guy....trump

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Response to redstatebluegirl (Original post)

Sat Aug 1, 2020, 11:04 AM

28. So heartbreaking. And happening all over the country. Please let your friend know that she, and

all the amazing staff, have our support and admiration.

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Response to redstatebluegirl (Original post)

Sat Aug 1, 2020, 12:40 PM

29. Your friend is a Godsend

Like many others in her profession and all the others who have to be at working during this awful time.

And our governor? All he cares about is getting his pat on the head when Pence comes down. Yesterday Trump was in my area and he got a good Pat on my head or wherever from him, too. All are true narcissists with total lack of empathy.

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