Challenging Times Require CompassionMarch 16th, 2020
Whether you are on the front line caring for patients or in a back room adjusting schedules and procedures based on the latest data on COVID-19, the accelerated time-lines and sheer volume of decision-making and work can be exhausting and stressful. Personally I have found it hard over these past weeks to remain focused when each day’s news about the virus becomes more troubling and distracting.
In addition, our and the University’s decisions to cancel in-person classes and large scale events is disappointing to say the least. In particular, I will miss the opportunity to meet many of you during our annual recognition events. They were cancelled for all the right reasons, but please know we appreciate all you do, and will look for other opportunities to thank our valued faculty and staff in the future.
How do we manage through it all?
Well, just as our own medical historian Dr. Howard Markel stated in our recent “Flattening the Curve” health blog: “We all need to pitch in to try to prevent cases both within ourselves and in our communities.” Great advice for our patients and the general public, but “pitching in” is also advice we must heed here at Michigan Medicine.
Tensions rise and it’s easy to let the pressure get to us, but when we support and work together we can ease everyone’s burden in the long run.
We are resilient. I have no doubt in my mind that we will get through this, but we can’t provide the high standard of health care we are known for, without supporting each other with our knowledge, our resources, and most importantly, our compassion.
Let’s be patient, assume good intent, appreciate what everyone brings to the table and, under no conditions, should we point fingers. Remember, we are better together.
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”
Do you have an example of how your team or others came together to support each other during these trying times? Share it in the comment section below.