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Having a healthcare worker in family during pandemic emphasizes impact of support, kindness

Even before COVID-19 began a large scale shut down of the entire country, doctors and other medical staff have been working day in and day out to keep the entire world safe. One of these heros is my own mother, and I have been able to see first hand the incredible sacrifices they make for the sake of the world. Amberly Brewer is a pediatrician who works at Associated Pediatricians. In this interview with my mother, I will be recounting both what she has experienced and what I have seen from her.

It has been really interesting to see and hear exactly what she has seen throughout this pandemic. Like most around the world, I learned about the virus in January, and it began to affect my mom in February.

What caused you to realize this virus was a serious problem?

“In early February, our office started having some issues ordering routine supplies which was atypical,” Brewer said. “By mid to late February, COVID escalated to a top concern of most health care workers I know.”

Even at this time, I was unaware of how it already affected people like my mother. What made me realize the true gravity of this situation was in mid March, the week following the cancellations of schools all across the region. 

How has your work changed to combat the virus?

“In mid-March, we started providing telemedicine visits. We prescreen everyone who comes into our office with questions/temperature checks. We all wear masks and even get our own temperatures taken two times each work day. If bringing a patient into the building poses too much risk, we will examine them in their cars,” Brewer said.

In this week, I had never seen my mom so stressed, she had to go out in the cold to visit cars in what seemed to be a hazmat suit all day. When she got home she dealt with call after call of concerned people. That week was rough, she had obviously lost tons of sleep dealing with calls and helping others.

I think that what helped her the most was the way the community responded, we have received multiple gifts of masks from people all around the neighborhood. This community support is what keeps many of these doctors going. What surprised me the most was her ability to help spread even more positivity with random acts of kindness with our family and friends.

Do you have any extra advice on ways to stay healthy, physically or mentally, during this pandemic?

“Doing something nice for someone else, writing a letter, sending a video message, calling a relative, can help you feel connected and will help someone else,” Brewer said.

This past month has taught me a lot of things, but what is most important is to stay positive. The positivity is what keeps not only the doctors going, but all of us.

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