This is part of Thank you Notes, a series of letters expressing gratitude to the people and things that inspire us the most. Like many others, Allure has gone through the pandemic to introspect. What we found was a deep sense of gratitude for the medical professionals who cared for our community and country during a deeply difficult time. Then we wrote.
Dear Nurse Chris,
I remember the day the world closed. Like you, I live in New York City. However, unlike the millions of us who hang out on our couches, binge-watching Netflix and practicing our latte skills, you’re in for the action. Despite the darkness that surrounds our dear city, nurses like you persevere fearlessly – with as much PPE as possible – despite the risks. The death of the virus forces you to isolate yourself from friends and family members, but you ensure that your patients never feel alone.
When I was agonizing over my decision to postpone my June 2020 wedding (I did), you and your colleague spent the day intubating 20 patients per shift, members FaceTiming helpless family so they can say one last goodbye to loved ones, and finally, hold everyone’s hand as they pass away.
This whole experience isn’t real to you – who would have thought this would be our reality? Without hesitation, however, you traveled the country to volunteer at a hospital in Utah. You said you even performed CPR on a stranger at your hotel, despite the potential risks of contracting COVID-19. As it turns out, this person has tested positive, and you are then sent home on a tiny organ donation plane – all alone again. It goes without saying that your actions are nothing short of admirable. And for that, we thank you.
Over the past 20+ months, you’ve lost countless patients – and a handful of colleagues – to this disease, which has devastating, lasting and lasting consequences. When your colleague died by suicide, you were shaken to the bone. The tragedy, however, is an essential reminder to prioritize self-care, set boundaries, and monitor your emotional well-being. In true Chris style, you (again) take action – this time, empowering other healthcare professionals to take care of themselves.
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