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Kayla Slessler Offers an Ode to Hope

Kayla Slessler works in the ICU at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA. She says she got the COVID vaccine for not only herself and her loved ones, but also for all who have lost their lives to COVID-19.

Here is to hoping that this is the beginning of the end of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here’s to hoping I won’t have to look at my amazing coworkers masked faces and see their sad, drained and exhausted eyes.

Here’s to hoping I won’t have to listen to another significant other sing to their dying loved one over an iPad.

Here’s to hoping I won’t have to have a patient look at me with fear in their eyes as their respiratory rate increases and their oxygen saturation continues to decline. Begging us to help them. Only to intubate them hours later and know they most likely will be intubated for weeks.

Here’s to hoping that we are one step (or shot) closer to this being OVER!!!

It needs to be over. I miss my family. I miss my friends. I miss seeing faces. We all have different opinions and have the ability to make our own choices. After reading, researching and reaching out to my colleagues, this was the right decision for me.

A decision based on science.

I did if for myself, my family, my coworkers, my friends, my past and future patients and for all those who lost their lives to this terrible virus.

Stay safe.

Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Stay socially distant.

– Kayla Slessler, ICU, Baystate Medical Center

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