“I try to make my patients comfortable. I let them know they’re not sick alone. I remember one woman, who was with us for 10 days and was really sick. I noticed one day she was so fatigued; she just looked bad. I tried to soothe her and not treat her like an outcast. The next day she was like a whole new person; she looked good and wanted me to help her with a shower. She thanked me so much for caring for her.
“One day a neighbor I didn’t even know in my Baldwin apartment building saw me in scrubs and stopped to say, ‘Thank you.’ Those things mean a lot.
“At first we were slammed with patients; it’s more settled now. We know it’s not over — but I also know how prepared we are. Our team is so tough; we’ve handled everything this virus has thrown at us. There’s no other group I would rather fight this battle with. I’m proud of the people I work with every day.
“I come from a small, close-knit family, and they have a lot of questions. I assure them I’m safe.”