I’m writing this blog on a day where the whole of Victoria is entering into its 6th lockdown, many areas in New South Wales are also in a hard lockdown with numbers not easing at the moment
Each state has had some kind of restrictions in place, mind you for the last year and a half it has become routine to quickly check the Covid-19 numbers around Australia on a daily basis, especially as things change so quickly
With each new lockdown being enforced, I feel lucky to be working in a large organisation that is hospital based and more than anything I have a consistent income. I can’t imagine the range of emotions that individuals who work in hospitality, tourism, retail, arts or even small businesses may be going through.
In the past I have never stopped to realise how much impact is placed on a person with the loss of power and emotional distress when they don’t have a regular income, not knowing how the basics of food and shelter will be provided would be immense.
As a ward nurse and knowing that periodically restrictions of no visitors are enforced, I have given time to listen to a few individuals. The mind-body connection has definitely been represented with these that I have cared for and with my co-workers too, all of us have felt.
Meeting people that have lost or even temporarily been stood down from their jobs is devastating to hear, they talk about how these times are temporary and what positive changes they are planning to make in the future with both their own lives and families lives too.
It is spectacular to experience the stories that start with anger of survival and then move to hope. I see the adjustment in mindset happening as they see a future where life will be different, they have thought about so much and are starting to plan their priorities in life. Particular insights are placed on belonging socially and having new freedoms like reducing the amount they work to spend more time with their children, basically spending time on things that are more meaningful to them.
Even with a face mask on all the time, nursing does allow me to see into a persons world a little and I feel at this time everyone knows its a journey.
With the nature of nursing being a truly global career many of us are internationals, born in a different country and Australia is definitely home to us. With this our families are overseas, we do use technologies such as FaceTime, Zoom and other ways to communicate, which gives some comfort.
The virus adds a dimension where with restricted international flights it leaves a person with a feeling of hopelessness as we cannot meet our loved ones. A thousand questions hover around in the mind, its scary not knowing what would happen if loved ones contracted the virus? what happens if they need to go hospital? And the worse thought is what would happen if we don’t meet again?
I can imagine when the world eventually opens up that the reunions at the airports will be filled with so much overwhelming joy.
I have shared stories with co-workers where solidarity is met between us, sometimes with a few tears. For however long this takes we quietly can do nothing but wait.
Being in Australia and with using social media I follow industry leaders within healthcare, who are in other countries as it gives me a lens to see the differences in the structure of their health systems. I’m given a glimpse of the measures taken with lockdowns, availability of vaccinations and the number of nurses, doctors and other health professionals that have contracted or even passed away. These health professionals and nurses have given service to care for others which has come at a cost that is the ultimate sacrifice.
We understand the measures are for the safety and survival of everyone, the different states in Australia have responded with lockdowns and with border restrictions. I don’t think there is a perfect way to tackle such a health crisis, although I do have confidence we will come out of this better.
More now than ever, it’s ok to feel and please seek support as it is available, Stay Safe.
Support Resources –
- Nurse & Midwife Support– 1800 667 877 https://www.nmsupport.org.au/accessing-support/telephone-support
- Lifeline– 13 11 14 https://www.lifeline.org.au
- Financial support by contacting a Financial Counsellor can be found at the National Debt Helpline. It is a free & confidential helpline- 1800 007 007
- Financial Wellbeing, Beyond Blue- www.beyondblue.org.au/financialwellbeing