Thank You

On Tuesday, I had a COVID test. I chose to go to our local armory to have it performed. I wasn’t sure what I would encounter as I entered, but what happened brought me to tears.

Immediately, I was greeted by a member of the National Guard who then asked me to remove my cloth mask and replace it with one of their clean ones. I followed the arrows to another member of the Guard who gathered my information, had me sign for consent, asked me about any symptoms, and sent me to the next station.

I was greeted by a kind gentleman who was fully protected. Face shield, mask, gown, gloves, etc. However, I was still able to see the National Guard uniform he wore underneath it all. He performed the test, answered my questions, directed me to where I could find more answers and sent me on my way. All of them were so kind.

Today, as I focus on what I’m thankful for, those National Guard members come to mind. Of course, I’m thankful for my boys…and my husband…our life together…I feel like that almost goes without saying. But right now, during this pandemic, I’m thinking of the healthcare workers who continuously put themselves on the line for all of us. I want to go back to Tuesday and thank those Guard members personally again…but this time, really thank them. Look them in the eyes and sincerely thank them.

Not just for helping me get a test done, but for being on call for me and my family. I want to thank them for stepping up when we needed them this spring during the riots and protesting. For leaving their families in order to protect ours. This is what they do, and I need to be better at thanking them.

I’m thinking of the brilliant surgeons and doctors and nurses our family has encountered during the worst times of our lives. The late-night calls they would (and still do) answer, just to give us (mostly me) peace of mind. The long shifts they took to care for my boys, my mom, my dad, my father-in-law, my husband…and me. Did I, and do I, thank them enough for all they have done?

I know there’s a lot of controversy over this virus. I know there are different opinions out there and that’s fine. What I’m seeing now is our rural healthcare workers and our rural healthcare facilities are getting hit hard. Yet the workers are still showing up. Day after day after day. For you and for me. For COVID, for kidney stones, for cancer, for surgeries, for everything. They continue to show up and care for us.

This Thanksgiving, I want all of my healthcare friends and family to know I’m thankful for each one of them. This year is for all of you. You deserve raises, vacations, whatever you need…when this calms down. You have proven what strength you have and how vital you are to our everyday lives. Thank you for all you have done and continue to do for each of us.

You, healthcare workers, are truly on the front lines.

Thank you.

(There are so many essential workers out there right now. Please know this isn’t meant to dismiss your sacrifices this year. Teachers, grocery store clerks, truck drivers, cooks…there are so many who have stepped up to the plate and met the challenge face on. Please know you’re seen as well. My mind just happened to be on healthcare at the moment…so please, don’t take any offense whatsoever.)

 

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