We are blessed with our dedicated nurses, doctors, and health care staff who are on the front lines battling the ravages of the stealthy Coronavirus for long hours day after day.   They do so with courage and dedication, without hesitation despite putting their lives at risk.  They are committed to doing everything they can to keep each patient alive, with hopes of getting each one to recovery and discharge from acute care.  They  worry about protective equipment of N95 masks, face shields, gowns, and gloves running low, forcing reuse or longer use of protective equipment than is usually done with highly contagious patients care.  They cheer and rejoice and applaud with each battle won when a critically ill patient recovers and gets discharged home.

Our medical care heroes are generally by nature very compassionate and caring souls who empathically feel the lonely plight of the seriously ill or dying COVID patients who cannot have any loved ones at their side to hold their hand, or to comfort them.  They struggle internally with the wish to provide comfort and human touch of the hand or shoulder, but hold back the impulse with the realization that it would put them in close contact longer and increase their own vulnerability to the highly  infectious disease.  They hear their colleague has succumbed and is now quarantined and there is one less fighting the battle, and there is more work to be done with increased fears, since the stricken colleague seemed healthier and is younger. 

They worry about bringing home the virus to their elderly parents, spouse, and their children, and these concerns override their wish to be with their family and spend precious times with them when not at work.  They make the sacrifice to live apart from their children, letting their parents or their spouse take over their children’s care.  They chat with them on FaceTime, crying after ending the call with missing the hugs and feeling the heart-wrenching longing when their little ones stretch out their arms to their iPad screens to try to hug them and say how much they miss them and love them.  They know their spouse or children’s grandparents have been coaching them not to cry to make them feel worse since they are doing a very tough job fighting Corona every day, and having to be in very close proximity when ventilating patients and doing the necessary life-saving procedures.  They miss the comfort and contact from their loved ones, but with their long days they are often too exhausted to chat for very long.  They have little energy and time left to shop or cook, and don’t even have help with cleaning their living spaces because of not wanting to expose the help to risk of the virus.  At a time when they need their immunity high, their nutrition may be suffering.


Our brave frontline Corona battlers need all the prayers, gratitude, appreciation, and whatever help and support we can give them.  Some companies, such as Raynor Overhead Doors (Peter Eldridge) are supporting restaurants like Gyotaku by ordering and delivering takeout meals for health care workers, EMS crews and first responders.  Murphy’s Bar & Grill (Don Murphy) has generously donated hundreds of meals on a regular basis to the medical staff at Queen’s Hospital and could use supportive donations.   Many groups are making and donating masks, shields, scrubs and footwear.  Singing groups are sending songs of appreciation on U-Tube which health providers can watch on their breaks.  I have been doing tele-med to do what I can to help.  Along with our daily prayers, whatever we can envision, create and manifest to support them in their heroic battles could help to sustain them.  Working diligently, cooperatively  and creatively together, and praying together, we shall overcome, and contain and conquer COVID.

Caroline E. Sakai, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

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