Northeast Ohio essential workers on the frontlines of the pandemic
Her strength was sapping away. The light was leaving her eyes. I felt a deep knowing in my bones of the inevitable.
Dr. Laura Miller
Emergency Medicine Physician
Later the social worker would tell me we do what we can to create comfort in the middle of a war.
How did I cope with so much death and defeat? I don’t know if I ever did.
Varun U. Shetty
Words ground me firmly upon this land, my hearth, and remind me that all is never lost.
Certified Nurse Practitioner
Babies don’t know what they need, and don’t know how to ask for what they don’t know they need, so, they just cry.
It dawns on me it’s the first person I’ve touched in the longest time.
I hate, most of all, that people see me as nothing more than a grocery worker.
My heart was fully invested in the mission of saving him—it became one of the biggest fights of my life.
Jennifer C. Miller
Palliative Care Nurse
The trauma from COVID will never go away, yet I can fix the early trauma to a tomato that has blossom end rot.
Crystal L. Mielke
Critical Care Nurse
The patients were scared and I was scared. I didn’t know how to help them. And for the first time ever, there was no one to ask.
Infectious Diseases Physician
One of the longest lasting harms to come from the pandemic response was the erosion of public trust in science.
Dr. Jeannette Spreng
My husband and I work at hospitals and COVID is everywhere, could be anywhere.
Susan Hatters Friedman
All the good things
They’re still here as the world comes back to life
We just have to remember to hold on to them.
I chose to feel honored and not bitter that I had a huge responsibility with the care of my mother; it made me more compassionate, understanding and accepting.
There is always more work to be done, more people to call, more voices to hear. More space to hold for people suffering more than me.
I tried to imagine it many times
Her absence imprinted on my soul
The silence growing more poignant as time goes on
Lisa Scotese Gallagher
How I stumbled across serenity during the pandemic with a shopping cart and a handheld barcode scanner
You reminded me
of the early days
the first moments
our calls to action
Everything I touched could expose me. Reflecting on that time I was anxious. I didn’t realize it then but I was. I think we all were.
Daren M. Douglas
Warehouse Transportation Manager