My sister is a Doctor working in a busy hospital, having returned from maternity leave in January, after her third child. Like many first responders, she works long hours, navigates issues of PPE availability, deals with the possibility of contracting the virus and the potential risk of passing the virus on to her children and husband.
In the midst of this uncertainty, upheaval and anxiety, not once has my sister considered not going into work. Rather she organises childcare for her children, takes the necessary precautions to safeguard her family and throws herself with determination and heart into her job, caring for other people’s families.
My sister inspires me to see beyond my personal ‘lens’ to where possibilities exist to make a contribution. Despite the challenges of caring for her family and working exhausting shifts, my sister and other first responders, continue to see beyond their circumstances to embody their professional oath to care for patients ‘to the best of one’s ability’. So, what’s my excuse?