TULSA, Okla. — A hospital stay on the COVID floor during Christmas seems like the recipe for a miserable holiday. However, Dawn Montgomery writes about the experience in a different way.
“As someone who just spent Christmas 2020 Dec. 19-25th at Hillcrest Medical center, in Tulsa Oklahoma in the isolated COVID floor 9, I want to commend the brave hospital RN'S, Nurses, CTA's, and technicians that work 14+ hours daily to help us in this great time of need in this historical pandemic,” Montgomery said in a long and sweet letter she sent to 2 Works for You.
“I didn’t realize how much they’re giving and I’m very impressed with their work ethics and how much they’re putting on the line,” Montgomery later said.
Nurse Hannah Gates helped care for Montgomery.
“She was excited she got to go home, I was excited she got to go home. I took care of her earlier last week and discharged her on Christmas day,” she said.
Gates and the others work 12-hour shifts which they probably would not get through alone.
“There’s days you get nervous with your sick patients because you wonder how much more the hospital can take,” Gates said.
With only so many nurses, they do what they can to connect with each patient.
“They can’t really see you because you have gowns on and caps on and gloves,” Gates said. “it’s kind of hard. You try to be as personable as you can.”
As Gates’ former patient, Montgomery, puts it, the medical workers give “selflessly while making intolerable conditions such as being in a contactless environment while very sick, tolerable and humane.”
Montgomery said, “They were really good about checking on you. they kept their distance. with the equipment, they would talk to you and stuff. they were wonderful.”
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