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Covid felt very eral in the ER today, NWT friends
Covid felt very real in the ER today, NWT friends. I hope very much that we will be able to turn this Covid wave into a small blip instead of the first uptick on an epic Northern event.
The reality is that we don’t have a lot of medical planes. Our surge capacity is not good.
If there are people you love anywhere in the territory who haven’t been vaccinated yet, please put that love into action and give them a call to encourage them to do so. It could be an early birthday or Christmas gift for you, or a back-to-school present for the kids. Compassionate conversations work best—the ones where we truly do our best to understand the person’s hesitations and to work through them. If they have questions you can’t answer, please ask them to head into an immunization clinic for more answers.
We’re a big-little territory. Stanton Territorial ER serves a huge area, but in many ways, after ten years in Yellowknife, and fifteen in and out of the territory, working alongside docs and nurses who have been here even longer, it feels like an acute care family practice.
We have bounced your babies, now grown into teens.
We remember Elders who have passed, can picture their laughing eyes.
We were there when you received that diagnosis, sat with you in the middle of the night.
We have seen you be courageous and funny and wise and strong on the most difficult days of your lives.
We spend our shifts taking calls from across the territory, calculating travel times, the map in our mind’s eye. This place is big enough that it can take a medical plane a long time to get somewhere, but small enough that we often know the person it’s picking up.
And we want to see you get through this.
Wear those masks.
Get that vaccine.
Because we love you in that very ER kind of way that means we will welcome your visit but we really hope you don’t need to come.