“Professionally, I work in Surgical Services at Beaumont Health. During the initial phase of the COVID-19 outbreak, only essential surgeries were scheduled, which wasn’t many. Refusing to get laid off, I voluntarily redeployed myself to meet the needs of other units. I was a runner for Surgical Distro, Equipment & Covid Curbside Screening, as well as a Secretary & Nursing Asst in the COVID Units. At first, I was terrified. However, I loved my patients as though they were my own family. To be of help & encouragement; to be the light, the smile, the joy, the song, the strength & intercessor. 🙏🏾
COVID-19 has taken a toll on the most vulnerable members of our society. African American & Latino communities have been hit the hardest, lacking access to quality health care & being over-represented in essential jobs that increase their exposure to the virus. The majority of the patients in my unit were African American with heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, etc. Disheartening is an understatement for how I felt. While caring for them, I still had to care for myself. Although the world as we knew it was basically closed, I STILL wanted to remain healthy. How so, Carla? Taking the necessary precautions, adequate sleep, exercise, prayer & meditation. Stress management, multivitamins, nutritionist foods & focusing on what I can control. Lastly…I GOT TESTED. I found out that I had the virus, but was “asymptomatic”. Currently, I possess antibodies and I’m ecstatic to donate blood to help others fight this virus. 🙌🏾
I want to spread the word to raise awareness that help is definitely out there. The numbers have significantly decreased, but unfortunately, COVID-19 still lives. Get tested, practice self care, and learn about your affordable health coverage options, especially in the event of an emergency. If you’re not insured right now, I urge you to seek out options to fix that. The more you protect yourself, the more you protect others. You can go to @better_care_america to learn more about options available to you and your family.”
Let’s Do Everything We Can To Spread Knowledge And Support Right Now
When it comes to COVID-19, some communities are hit harder than others. For Carla, a nursing assistant in a COVID Unit, she sees how the virus disproportionately impacts people of color. Now, as someone who knows this virus inside and out, she wants her followers to know their options and make the right choices to stay healthy through this pandemic.