By ALASKA ICU NURSE / FIRST PERSON
I am a small-town, born-and-raised Alaskan. I am an ICU nurse. I’ve worked in an Anchorage ICU taking care of Covid patients since the beginning. And I am here to say that the politicization of this pandemic must stop.
The anger, the name calling, and the condescension on both sides must stop.
The media circus created by healthcare providers on one side of the political aisle is unacceptable. Is the hospital busy? Yes. Are many people dying? Yes. Is it time to do our jobs and take care of our friends and neighbors? Absolutely.
I have never heard so much condescension and judgment against a group of people as I have against the unvaccinated population.
Does this mean the unvaccinated are getting worse care? Of course not. These are good people taking care of your family members. But the way these same healthcare providers are talking at the desk, in patient rooms, and to one another has to stop.
People have a choice of what they put in their body. That choice was taken from me when it was between losing a job I’ve held for many, many years and getting a vaccine that I decided, with my low risk factors, I didn’t want.
Do I believe that having the vaccine lessens your severity of disease? Yes. If I were high-risk would I get the vaccine? Absolutely. But I believe people have a choice in what they do.
Is anybody talking about how obesity and the comorbidities it causes is a major common denominator in the patients that are doing poorly? Is anybody pushing health and wellness? No, that wouldn’t be politically correct.
I worked with a nurse who said if they had two patients, and one was vaccinated and one was not, they would go in the vaccinated room first. Appalling.
Healthcare is a job that is done without judgment. We don’t choose who we treat first or better. Our care does not depend on whether the patient is a drug addict, an alcoholic, morbidly obese, or a serial killer.
Talk like this, and the creation of a media circus, perpetuates public mistrust in healthcare and further leads to the division of friends, family and community.
Talk like this allows my own father to feel justified in telling me that unvaccinated people should go to the bottom of the hospital priority list.
We fail the community with this division. We fail with wanting to make punitive who is wearing a mask or not. We fail the community and the commonsense test when we make people feel they have to wear a mask when they are outside by themselves, wear rubber gloves to pump gas, and we ignore the mental health impact on our children and our vulnerable.
We fail when we allow people to face disciplinary action at work because they took their mask off to stand behind a plexiglass wall and speak to the Assembly.
I am done living in fear. I am done wearing a mask unless a business requires it. I am done with teachers judging my children by telling them that they have been seen in the grocery store without masks on.
I am also done listening to a figurehead in Washington, DC telling me whether or not I can gather with my family for Christmas.
When does it end? We are Alaskans. We are Americans. Act like it…
Must Read Alaska is making an extraordinary exception to allow workers who are losing their jobs due to Covid vaccine mandates to tell their stories anonymously, because to use their names is to risk everything for them.