I awoke with a stark realization this morning. I, and frankly, anyone of us may leave the house one day, never to return. I've mentioned the fact that I go to dialysis 3 times a week, leaving the house at 5 am and on a good day, returning home around 10 am.
The treatment center is staffed by Angels, each of the Nurses and Medical Assistants are working several days a week, from 3 a.m. to 3 p.m. on a 'short day'. Some days, they work until 7 p.m. Grueling hours even in good times.
When we patients arrive for treatment, we wait in the lobby for a nurse to come and question us about symptoms. Several times, they have taken my temperature before admitting me to the treatment room. When they do admit me, they've begun putting a little red sticker on my chest so the staff all know I've at least been interviewed and cleared for admission.
If I am symptomatic one morning, they won't admit me to the treatment room. I don't know for sure what the protocol is, but I suspect they will call an ambulance to take me directly to the hospital where I will be tested and isolated until test results return. If I test positive, I may never see my family again. 3 days a week, I risk that scenario playing out. Saying goodbye to my wife and our 3 adult sons and daughter will take on an added intensity with this realization.
Keep this in mind in your own lives as well. We are all facing similar risks and scenarios with this damned virus and those precious ones in our own lives.
I may have missed the call on this one, but I believe it is well within the possibility - in my life at least. God Bless us all...