How I felt when the COVID-19 pandemic started was scared and confused when everything was changing daily because everyone was learning as we went.
But we dug in and did what we had to do because this is our job. During COVID, our workloads tripled, washdown after washdown, and we still continued with our regular daily duties.
To this day, we continue showing up every day.
Exhausted and defeated, we continue on because this is our job and what we do.
Working through an outbreak was exhausting and terrifying. Going in to clean a positive-case room you wonder, “Is this the time something goes wrong and I end up getting COVID?” Seeing coworkers end up positive, seeing doctors and nurses getting sick was terrifying as well.
You pray a lot for everyone to pull through.
Then, I saw the protestors out and about, no masks, preaching this is all a conspiracy, that it’s not real. Seeing it on the news and then talking with someone when you are down and out from everything and have them say that the testing is flawed and everything is blown out of proportion deflated the strength I had left.
I came home, I cried, avoided everyone for my weekend off.
Then I picked myself up and went back to work to do the job I am trained to do and to work with a pretty great team that pulls together and gets what needs to be done, done.
Now you can feel the energy of staff bracing for the third wave, and
wondering, do we have the strength to get through another one? All we can do is hope and pray that we can.
Trudy Hala (second from left) with her team in Weyburn.