The theme for this week’s JVG Radio Method poem is “Hospital Workers“.
A bit of confusion over the topic this week. JVG sent out “Hospo Workers” which I and one or two of the other regular contributors took to be HOSPITAL WORKERS as any sane person would but no JVG claims he meant “hospitality workers” which is a different poem.
I think as a community we have let ourselves fall into this bit of a bubble where we think, well, there’s nothing going on, no community Covid cases, why should I wear a mask?
Look what can happen in a week!
As recently as last weekend, I caught trains on three lines and less than 50% were wearing masks in some of the carriages.
I’m going to dedicate this poem, even though it’s a sarcastic poem to Suzie who we lost earlier this year.
Suzie was a nurse, and while she had other issues going on for her, undeniably a significant contributing factor was working in ICU at the peak of the COVID crisis in Victoria, losing patients, it would have been an incredibly stressful environment to be in and one day she went home from work and ended it.
Anybody who may be experiencing those sorts of feelings, please contact Lifeline or seek help – though I also realise when you’re right down in that funk it is very hard to think clearly or even find the desire to seek help.
So that’s on us, friends, family, to keep an eye out for one another.
So for all the people thinking, oh, look, it’s not out there, why should I wear a mask?
Just remember this, health care workers are the people who have to pick up the pieces and deal with the pressure and anguish.
They are human and despite their training of course they will carry some of the trauma.
So don’t think of yourself and the so called violation of your civil rights, think of those who have to deal with the consequences.
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