oregon

Citizen

I am a highschool student in Oregon, I'm on track to graduate a year early. I do mma and train at an amazing gym. I hope one day to be in the ufc. My experience with the pandemic was off. It felt as if I had no one. The pandemic brought me a lot of bad things and also good things. It was hard and boring. I hated it but there were times when I didn't. To all the people who are having hard times or think the pain won't stop. It will stop one day. You'll find your way out of the darkness soo. I promise you all that, you guys will all find light. I hope everyone gets through this, stay safe everyone.

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USA

Essential Worker

Be and keep strong and courageous always 👍👍😃☀️

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Israel

Essential Worker

חזק ואמץ ממש תודה רבה לאל ממש

טוב לי ממש

תודה רבה לאל ממש

תודה רבה להקב'ה ממש

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France

Essential Worker

Sois et restes fort et courageux 👍👍😃☀️

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Israel

Essential Worker

חזק ואמץ ממש תודה רבה לאל ממש 👍👍😃☀️🙂😊

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USA

Essential Worker

Keep smiling!

 

Be strong and courageous always!

 

☺️👍👍☀️😃

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France

Essential Worker

Soyez fort et courageux grandement!

Keep smiling 👍👍☀️🙂😃

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UK

Healthcare Worker

I am concerned to notice rising intolerance & prejudice during this difficult time of pandemic. There is increase racism, numerous complaints ( true & falsified) by hospital staff ( clinical & non-clinical) against black & Asian clinicians. London publication headline “ THERE ARE 2 PANDEMICS HAPPENING IN UK - COVID & RACISM”. There is little support for people subjected to domestic abuse during lockdown. To reduce the impact of the pandemic, what we need is the opposite ie unity, tolerance & kindness. A lot of doctors are actively planning to retire early or returning to India & East Europe.

 

we need to oppose all kinds of prejudices eg sexism, racism, anti-semitism, Islamophobia, nazism Etc. We need more awareness of Unconscious/ Implicit bias.

 

we can rebuild a prosperous future in a short period if we work together using the plethora of innovation developing so fast.

 

kind regards

 

a UK Medical doctor

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United Kingdom

Citizen

My brother had a motorcycle accident last year that’s left him recovering from traumatic injuries. He’s back home, slowly recovering...but five months on from the accident and the wound to his ankle (where the bolt were inserted to hold the pin in place that’s holding his shattered leg together) still hasn’t healed. An infection has set in and it’s been steadily getting worse over the past few weeks. His GP and consultant have been quick to try to sort it out. He’s on antibiotics and the District Nursing Team had been visiting my brother every three days to clean and redress the wound.

 

However, just as the third wave of this pandemic peaked the District Nursing Team almost collapsed - 50% down on staff because of illness or self-isolation. Without doing a proper assessment they made the decision that because my brother was able to shuffle around he was then able to clean and redress his own wound.

 

The fractures to my brothers’ spine mean that he can’t flex his back. He requires physiotherapy and he can’t get that physiotherapy until the current lockdown is over, so bending down is impossible. Equally, until his injured leg is healed enough to cope with physiotherapy he can‘t yet bend it up enough to be able to reach his ankle in a sitting position.

 

So I’ve stepped up to the plate and have been cleaning and redressing his wound for him. I know how to do it with sterile dressing packs...even though I’m not a trained nurse. My brothers’ GP went ballistic when he found out what I was doing and I don’t blame him, but honestly, now is not the time for arguments. Nobody wants my brother to develop cepsis, or to lose his foot.

 

This pandemic has turned everything on it’s head and we’ve all had to think and work outside of what we used to think of as normal. We’re all having to step up to the plate and deal with things that we’re neither trained for nor experienced with.

 

 

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England

Citizen

Lockdown has been such a challenge for me and I'm sure many others. However, when the days get long and I feel down... I try to remember that I am lucky. I have my good health and the privilege of being able to STAY AT HOME. Something, which are key workers are unable to do.

 

So I want this letter to be a thank you. Thank you to everyone staying at home and doing their bit. Thank you to every single key worker and every member of frontline staff. Your hard-work is appreciated by many. I hope better times are to come, I'm sure we will see the daylight in this year long dark night soon.

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US

Essential Worker

Thank you to the lovely lady who's letter is below, you do a great job at CSO, your genorosity is always appreciated......Respect.

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In a time when many are dealing with anxiety and fear over a new disease with no cure available, comfort can come in the form of spiritual wellness. Spiritual health is a domain of Total Force Fitness that focuses on beliefs and practices. The goal is to build connectedness through hope, meaning, and purpose. Spiritual caregivers me included help people nurture that connectedness. However, during the COVID-19 pandemic when physical proximity is limited, I and others are getting creative with how we offer spiritual support.

 

There’s so much from our spiritual traditions that assume an in-person connection. To suddenly be in an environment where the way we operate has changed so radically and realize that the way to care for patients is actually to maintain a distance is a real shift in how we deliver care.

As spiritual caregivers, we are tasked to find creative ways to nurture.

We are hopeful that in the absence of physical touch there can be a different, transcendental touching of the spirit instead.

This is a really good time to look outside of oneself to see how that fear can be overcome. There's a lot of wisdom from a lot of different spiritual traditions that I think one can find in a time like this.

 

We can all help one another to reach that consequential state of mind and soul by simply asking what it is that gives you meaning and purpose in life, and encouraging each other to do just that.

 

 

Pastor (Cmdr.), Former Navy chaplain - Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

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Shrewsbury, shropshire

Healthcare Worker

Well guys, we've nearly been a year with covid-19. Just wow!

Looking back, i have had some special times made with my children this year. Being in lockdown has bought us all alot closer together, we have all made more time for each other. We have enjoyed the days out walking, and nights spent playing games.

 

Being a key worker, my children have had to continue at school so i can work.

Something which they have found very hard, due to friends not attending. But i think they have secretly been grateful for. It has kept their routine pretty similar to the norm, and they have been able to interact with people other than myself and my partner.

 

I am so very grateful for the teachers ensuring they are kept as safe as possible during these crazy times, and adapting to the "new school" days.

 

I am also grateful my children see us going to work everyday, and appreciate we are tired and exhausted wgen we return home.

 

But, keeling the talking around the dinner table, followed by a family fame each night keeps us sane. Planning a nice walk and movie each weekend, is keeping us sane. The small moments we catch up with family when lockdown allows & via Internet is so special now, when once was taken for granted.

 

Stay humble everyone, appreciate what you have 😍

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