Darcy Mainville ’15, Loma Linda University
My experience with COVID could be summarized in 2 words: ‘roller coaster’. In the ED, I have had several shifts waiting for the “the COVID tent” to fill with several patients so I could don PPE and go examine them all at once. Most were fine to go home a nd I remember the helpless look people had while telling them, “You may have it, but I don’t have the ability to test for it, please come back if you get worse.” As an intensivist, I had the privilege to work alongside many other creative minds to try and improve intubation, extubation, and high-risk procedures safety in the ICU. Personally, I watched as an immigrant, while changes to immigration and green card process left me and my family wondering if we would be able to stay at work in this country in the middle of the pandemic. Now, I find myself hoping that the crisis portion is near an end and we can move forward to the healing portion of this experience.