Digital Exclusive: Local hospitals feel wear and tear

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(YourBasin) – Four long months into the Coronavirus pandemic leaves many tired, frustrated and pondering, when can we go back to normal.

Local healthcare workers are no exception. Battling on the front lines of the virus hospitals also fighting a battle they didn’t expect to be in.

“When this pandemic began there was an amazing outpouring of support and love for our teams,” said Kit Bredimus Vice President of Nursing. “Where there once was that inspiration and optimism, we are now finding our self with mistrust, malice and anger.”

In the Midland Health conference this morning Bredimus states how he and his staff have been bombarded with negative comments and criticism.

“It’s starting to wear. I cannot begin to explain the feelings of defeat and frustration that come from when you pull yourself fully into the care of a dying or ill patient just to be met with criticism and anger.”

While they have noticed the non-believers and some backlash, ORMC’s Chief Medical Officer Rohith Saravanan says that group has become the vocal minority.

The real challenge, instead, is the constant operation battles they’ve experienced day-in-and day-out.

“I guess I could say, I’m a little tired of this whole pandemic,” says Saravanan. “I wish it would end and I don’t want to live my life like this.”

Feeling the same physical, emotional and mental constraints we are feeling.

On top of that, Saravanan discussed his responsibility in educating the public about the virus.

He continues to look for different ways of relaying his message to the public and even attended Odessa’s City Council’s emergency meeting about a mask mandate.

It has been difficult and stressful repeating the same information day-after-day. But, if he reaches just a few people with his different messages, it is worth the effort.

“I would like at that as a positive change. Personally, it speaks volumes about you and your personality and what keeps you going. That’s what keeps me going. Making sure I can still be heard. In some way. People are starting to understand it.

Sarvanan says he’s up for the challenge. He’s ready to continue fighting and he hopes more people will hear the message.

While people can view this pandemic any way, shape, or form Saravanan says we can all stand behind one thing.

“Nobody will say that they disagree with the fact that we need this virus to go away,” says Saravanan.

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