Romano Law Nurse Corner COVID-19 #34
"I don’t know how to explain to you that you should care for other people…"
Whether that is truly a quote attributable to Dr. Anthony Fauci or some other individual, it remains shocking to us that there is a continued denial of the worst pandemic in a century. There are leaders who continue to defy the medicine, common sense and decency. Recently I was told, that the virus will be gone on November 4, as it is part of the so-called Democratic hoax. Are there people who really believe this? To hear this in the face of more than 1.2 million worldwide deaths and 230,000 American deaths is stunning.
So now it’s personal. Fortunately, neither I or my close family members have come down with this terrible virus. We have had some close calls, positive tests that fortunately upon more accurate testing were negative. As a family, which include healthcare providers, we have taken this very seriously. We wear masks, socially distance and avoid unnecessary risks of exposure. We are not afraid, we know the reality of what it’s like to see people die in intensive care units and other healthcare facilities. We have seen people struggling to breathe; it is awful. We understand that is not wise to go swimming in a lake full of alligators; we might be ok, but the swim is probably not worth the risk. That is not fear, that is experience and common sense.
I have the privilege of living near my mother, she is 85 years old and has a chronic health condition, which she takes seriously, and fortunately has done well maintaining her well-being. My father died 14 months ago, my parents were married for 65 years. Shortly before my father’s death, my parents moved to an independent living apartment. Up until COVID, my children and my granddaughter would visit and go out with my mother on a regular basis.
My mother is the matriarch and rock of our family. She’s also a lot of fun. Once COVID arrived, we were no longer permitted to visit or take her out into the community. Of course no one wanted to be the source of infection for our Matriarch. We adapted, for months we held biweekly zoom meetings, which not only included her Florida family but my sister and her family who live in Maryland. We even invited my former sister-in-law.
Four weeks ago, my mother required hospitalization for what we thought was going to be a short stay. Given the suddenness of this admission, she didn’t think to take her iPad with her. I went to the hospital to bring her some things, hoping I could have a quick visit. However, this medical center does not permit any visitors due to COVID. We all understand the medical rationale for having such a policy, and again none of us want to be a carrier of COVID either into the hospital or back out.
As her hospitalization continued, medical complications arose, and our continued inability to be able to see her and sometimes even talk to her was heart wrenching. Here she was in the hospital very ill and all alone. I do want to shout out to all the healthcare providers working tirelessly to care for our loved ones in the face of this pandemic. My mother’s nursing care has been wonderful, they have even taken time to help my mother communicate with us, assisting her to occasionally Zoom with us from the hospital with their own devices.
Are my family and I angry? Damn right! As many well educated, well trained health care providers have opined – we didn’t need to be here. We are reaching 100,000 new cases a day in the country and most assuredly it is NOT simply because more testing is being done. What about the 230,000 American souls who have lost their lives?
My family and I are experiencing COVID fatigue, we want this to be over. We appreciate the many hardships created by this pandemic. While I am fortunate to be able to work safely from home, some of our employers are no longer supportive of this plan. We see the family and economic devastation for our friends and neighbors in the loss of lives, jobs, housing and health care. Some families cannot even meet their basic needs. We try to help, not by angrily denying the facts of this tragic pandemic, but by supporting our friends and neighbors, food drives, pro bono legal support and just being there for our fellow human.
Returning to my Mom, today we chatted for an hour on the phone. While she is not completely out of the woods, she sounds like her old self. Mom has always held strong beliefs in social justice and had a lot to say about the current political climate. She believes she was the first voter in Palm Beach County, as the moment she got her mail in ballot, she filled it in and it went out in the same day mail!!
It remains bewildering that the medical science concerning protecting ourselves and others is controversial. I implore you all to please WEAR A MASK, SOCIALLY DISTANCE, CARE FOR YOUR FELLOW HUMAN. THE LIFE YOU SAVE MAYBE YOUR OWN and for my mother’s sake VOTE.
We are Susan Ramsey and Amie Goldberg, both practicing attorneys and nurses here at the Romano Law Group. Here is a little more about each of us:
Susan (Helen’s daughter)
Susan Ramsey is both an attorney and an RN. Ms. Ramsey’s professional experience began as a Registered Nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at Yale New Haven Hospital. While pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree, she was a counselor with the New Haven Rape Crisis Program. During her time with the Program, Ms. Ramsey counseled sexual assault survivors and performed seminars for local police departments, universities, and high schools. During her time working as a registered nurse, Ms. Ramsey decided to attend law school. Ms. Ramsey graduated from CUNY Law School, and has practiced law in several different State and Federal Courts. She is a Florida Heath Care Risk Manager and a member of the Palm Beach County Sober Home Task Force. Ms. Ramsey actively litigates cases involving catastrophic injuries and wrongful death on behalf of survivors, cases include injuries suffered by victims of professional negligence, product liability and medical negligence.
Amie Goldberg is both an attorney and a certified APRN. After completing a Bachelor of Arts Degree at Whittier College, Ms. Goldberg attended nursing school at Emory University. Ms. Goldberg’s professional experience started as a Registered Nurse at Egleston Children’s Hospital taking care of children with congenital heart disease. After a few years, she continued working in all areas of the hospital while attending Kennesaw State University on weekends in order to get her Master’s Degree in Nursing with a specialty of Primary Care Nurse Practitioner/Family Nurse Practitioner. During her time as an APRN, Ms. Goldberg decided to attend law school at St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida. Since graduating, she has mainly practiced in the areas of personal injury and worker’s compensation, fighting for the rights of injured people. Since joining the Romano Law Group, Ms. Goldberg has been the Director of the Opioid Litigation Project. Ms. Goldberg also practices in the area of medical malpractice and nursing home negligence, bringing an inside perspective and knowledge to help get justice for our clients.