Back on the Covid Ward, January 2021 - Day Three
GUEST BLOG: Charlie is a nurse on a ward reopened to respond to the overload of the pandemic. Patients are at the stage before critical care although many need oxygen. These are her shift notes.
I woke really early again in anticipation of the day ahead.
A few patients are going home or to other wards - either step up to critical or intensive care, or a step down to a care home or non-Covid ward. But our ward is full again a few hours later.
Actually, we were really well staffed today and I was working with two registered nurses. It was so nice to be able look after people properly today. I de-matted a lady’s hair which was just as well as she went home in the afternoon. At the minute, I am looking after just one man. He has dementia as well as Covid pneumonia so can be a bit of a handful (to say the least) but it also means that I get to sit down for a bit.
Im so tired, though. It may be the effects of having Covid myself over Christmas. As well as wearing PPE all day. Maybe the stresses of everything Covid is getting to me like it is everyone else.
Also had some bad news today. One of my colleagues has died from the virus. Another one. Think I will stop complaining about work!
Got home and went to bed after a scrub down.
You can also read about Charlie's experience during the first wave in Spring 2020. All names have been changed.
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