04/04/2020 For Areema and Aimee

I know I said yesterday that I would write my diary entry in the afternoon from now on, but i got up this morning and was bored, so here I am. For today and tomorrow I will continue to write this in the morning and when I am back at work on Monday, I will start writing it in the afternoon. Yay I am back at work on Monday, as long as I have no symptoms today. In fact if I have no symptoms today I can take the dog out for a walk tomorrow. You cannot believe how exciting that sounds. After 11 days of complete quarantine just walking to the end of the street will be a treat, and on Monday I get to meet and talk to my colleagues, and do some work. It is going to take me a few days to get up to speed, but I cannot wait to start supporting our amazing staff, both clinical and non-clinical.

As you know my background is Nursing, so yesterday was really tough, as I imagine it was for all nurses and ex-nurses. Yesterday we heard that we lost 2 of our own to this dreadful disease, Areema Nasreem, and Aimee O’Rourke. Two beautiful, loving, caring Nurses, and Mothers who have been taken from us too soon. Nurses, Doctors, Physios, OTs, Radiographers, Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians, and all other health care professionals who have direct patient contact, have never before in the UK knowingly gone to work and put their lives at risks. For me yesterday it became real, and I was scared, not for me, I don’t have direct patient contact at the moment, but for my friends and colleagues. I am so desperate to get back to work to support them, so they can provide care in these difficult and frightening times. I have faith that we will get through this and we will save many lives, but it is important that we make sure we care for those providing the care, to secure all of our futures.

We must honour the work of healthcare professionals, we must show them how much we appreciate what they do, and what they are sacrificing. The best way to do that is to play our part in stopping this virus and preventing more people getting sick. It is really simple, only go out when you have to, stay at home, don’t be tempted to take multiple trips to the shop in a week. If you go to the shop everyday, you are increasing your risk of becoming infected and spreading that infection. You might become sick, sick enough to go to hospital, where you end up infecting a healthcare worker who is caring for you, who then becomes so sick that they end up in ICU and die. So please I beg you stay at home buy what you need in one go, if you forget something do without.

For Areema and Aimee, please stay at home, and stay safe.


Published by Matt Smith Personal and Professional Coach

Performance and Life Coach

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