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Monday, January 25, 2021

Work update

 

Some of you have asked me how things are going at work, so I thought I would do a little update.
I'm happy to tell you that we have still had no cases of covid in our building!  We've had some staff who have had it, but no residents and that is something we are very thankful for.
The staff still have to be tested twice a week, and we also have to be screened - which includes a temp check and a questionnaire when we come, when we leave and every 4 hours between that. 
We have to wear a K95 mask everywhere in the building, goggles when we are anywhere near the residents and full personal protective gear whenever we are in isolation rooms.  All of our new residents have to be in isolation for 2 weeks after admitting, and other residents are in isolation for 2 weeks if they have to go out for any reason.
The sad thing is that we are still not allowed to have any visitors.  So our people can still not see their families.  People come for window visits, but it sure is not the same, especially when it's so cold outside.
We have a couple who have been with us for several years.  The husbands health has really declined and because of that their 2 sons were allowed to come in for a visit. The husband didn't really realize what was going on, but the wife was just overwhelmed, crying and so happy to see her boys.  There were tears shed by staff as well and it just reminded us again of how much has been taken from these people.
In other news, our director of nursing is having a knee replacement on February 1.  That means the other unit manager and myself will have to take turns being on call, every other week.  Right now I only have to do it every 3 weeks and it's always a long week.  Plus, we are going to have to split up her work.  I'm thinking February may be a long month for us!

16 comments:

Terri D said...

Oh my, Mari. God bless you all for the work you do for your patients and their families and loved ones. I will add extra prayers for you and the other unit manager during February. Please take care of yourself! Love & hugs!

Mary said...

Please take care, I have been hearing about the new variants, both the Brazil and South African variant are in the US and we aren’t Getty’s lot of truthful information. I have been following a Dr John Campbell on YouTube and he confirms the South African variant is 50% more contagious, including via touching items, surfaces etc.. so people need to be as vigilant as they were in the beginning

Ginny Hartzler said...

You are totally amazing, and a hero in my book!!!

Joyful said...

Thankfully you have no residents with Covid. Here the situation is quite dire in some care homes with both staff and many residents getting it. The vaccinations will be rolled out according to age here with the eldest getting it first. Many people who provide services are not too happy but I'm okay with it as the seniors have been through enough already. Especially those in care. I pray your strength will hold up so that your February doesn't seem so long.

Susan said...

Good to hear your place has stayed Covid free. I am sure you do your best. I pray the extra work will not tire you out. Thanks for the update Mari!

Hootin' Anni said...

I cried just reading about the son's visit!

Continue having good covid reports.

Sparky said...

So sorry y'all have to put up with all that. I'll be so glad when all this stops with the Nursing Homes and we can see our loved ones again. People are dying from isolation and loneliness because of it. It's wicked.

Deb said...

Mari - you are an angel to the people at your facility. You will be in my prayers.

Changes in the wind said...

So glad that none of the residents have gotten the virus. Hope they will get the vaccine to you all soon. My hubby gets his today.

Jean said...

Mari, BLESS YOU for all you and your facility does to keep your people virus free. We have had some dreadful numbers in some nursing homes here. At one point a nearby nursing home had 90 percent COVID positive!! There were so many deaths! I know from experience how horrible it is for them to be so lonely. We feel so sad thinking how Dick's dad's and my stepmother's last months were. I pray for strength for you and the rest of your coworkers, that the vaccine will become much more available, and that families can again be with their loved ones.

Dianna said...

It has to be so very hard for the residents to not be able to see their families...and for their families to not be able to see their loved ones there in the facility.

Praying for your month of February. xx

Henny Penny said...

How very sad. Mari, thank you for all that you do. You seem so upbeat and cheerful, I know the residents there must love and appreciate you. I needed to read this and remember to not complain about anything today! Thank you.

Linda said...

Every single day we have a questionaire and temp. check too...unfort. it doesn't look to be going away anytime soon, sigh. Bless you Mari for the job you do. smiles

carrie@northwoods scrapbook said...

I am sending such prayers for strength to get through February and for everyone to get through the next months ahead. I believe it will get better, but will probably be a while before it's 100%. God bless all you do Mari. And the other health care folks there. I believe you'll all be showered with many blessings! 🙏 xoxo

Jeanette said...

My sister in law is in a nursing home and we have not been able to visit her for a year now. It's so sad and I hope it's over soon. Sounds like February won't be such a "short
month for you!

Jenny the Pirate said...

It's just so wrong to do this to elderly sick people. It makes my blood boil. There is more than one kind of danger. I'm glad you're there for them, Mari. xoxo