ER nurse: ‘Sometimes, I can’t help it, but I cry while on duty’

ER nurse: ‘Sometimes, I can’t help it, but I cry while on duty’

No one thought in this lifetime we will be experiencing a worldwide pandemic which we all know only by reading history books.

The novel coronavirus 2019 disease or COVID-19 ushered a “new normal” which people has no choice but to adapt.

More so for our courageous and brave medical practitioners in our medical institutions.

Steven Mari Cadiz
(photo from his FB account)

One is the story of Steven Mari Cadiz, 30 year old who is an emergency nurse in Medical City, he tells his story – horrors at that which are all because of the coronavirus.

In his first few days, he would witness up to three deaths during his eight-hour shift. Recently, he said, an average of four succumb to the disease during his shift.

The patients do not stay long in the hospital, he said, as for some, the disease can progress fast. But that’s time enough to get to know them a little better.

“Sometimes, I can’t help it, but I cry while on duty,” Cadiz told Lifestyle. “Nakakalungkot. Sometimes I thought we could save some of them.”

Cadiz looks after his patients like they are family.

“I think about my parents and my brother. What if these patients were my relatives, and the health-care workers gave up on them easily? That’s why I give it my 100 percent all the time,” Cadiz said.

Life after shift

Since the lockdown he has not seen his family, the hospital provided its staff them quarters in the pediatric ward, their paycheck remain unspent -accommodation and meals are free and he gets to eat snacks too, as Good Samaritans keep sending food in the hospital.

The emotional stress of not being with his family would take its toll, so he calls his mom.

“Sometimes I get emotional. There are days when I think I can’t take it anymore. But I talk to my mom. I tell her to listen, and I just cry and cry. She wouldn’t say anything, but I know she’s listening on the other end, and that makes me feel better,” Cadiz said.

Day to day work in the hospital is physically and emotionally draining as well.Most of the patients are intubated, but Cadiz goes to them everyday and talks to them.

“I believe they can hear us, so I talk to them while I wash them and do oral care. I treat them with respect. I treat them as human beings,” he said.

Cadiz said he knows some people are complaining about staying home the entire time.

“Think about it. We need to stay in the hospital 24/7 and see patients we have cared for pass on every few hours. All of us haven’t seen our families in weeks,” he said. “Please do your part and stay home.”

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