Giving Thanks.

Who ever thought our career would include being on the front line of a pandemic? A situation most of us have only imagined through a Hollywood movie. Every day the guidelines change – it must be symptomatic spread, no wait – asymptomatic spread, don’t use up the masks, wear a mask at all time.

To say we will be glad when this is all over is putting it lightly.

But as I reflect on the week of Thanksgiving, I have been blessed in so many ways by this profession.

I have a job that truly makes a difference in the lives of others.

I am very employable and have the financial security that so many don’t.

I learn every day and I feel educated, knowledgeable and respected.

And best of all is the experience of knowing all the people I have met along the way.

My coworkers are my home away from home. I have known many of them from before I had children, and we have shared each other’s lives as our children grow into adulthood, through births, marriages, and loss of loved ones. Each person playing an important link of solidarity in a sometimes of chaos.

Each patient is like a story waiting to unfold. I try to be an open book as well, not judging by appearance or mannerisms. I am amazed again and again by each patient’s life story. And how much a simple gesture of kindness goes a long way.

What an amazing profession!

Thank you, God, for a truly blessed Thanksgiving!