Doctor appreciated show of support for health-care workers

I just wanted to say thanks to the emergency services of Red Deer for their support.

I was working in the ICU on Tuesday tonight and watched from the window as a long line of fire trucks and police cars slowly circled the hospital with lights flashing and sirens blaring to show their appreciation for our local health-care workers.

This pandemic is hard, but we’re all in this together. Everyone in health care is feeling the pinch — not just physicians, but also nurses, respiratory technicians, cleaning staff, lab techs and unit clerks.

Some are laid off, while others are struggling under their workload. One nurse had her husband fired from his job simply because he’s married to a hospital worker.

A unit clerk is working two jobs while somehow managing to home-school her children and maintain a household. This is a hard road we’re all on.

However, I’ve been thoroughly impressed by the administration and leadership in the central zone and the Red Deer Hospital.

Their thoughtfulness and preparedness is impressive. They’re working their tails off to ensure we mount our best response when COVID-19 finally hits us hard.

For now, the hospital has never been more quiet (it’s eerie), amidst other parts of the country struggling under the strain of this new virus. But even after this current period of social isolation, we’re all preparing for the second wave of COVID cases when the isolation finally gets lifted.

Thanks again to everyone in the community for all their support — grocery stores for allowing us to order food online, retailers for various discounts. And especially thanks to the emergency services of Red Deer for their kind gesture Tuesday night. It means a lot.

Dr. Bryden Russell, Red Deer

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