We’ve reached the purpose, but once more, that if Lily must go inpatient, she’d be admitted alone. She would doubtless be airlifted to a hospital that we’ve by no means been to earlier than, as our dwelling hospital and lots of others in our state are overflowing — and he or she’d be by herself. Because of the sheer recklessness and selfishness of others, my two yr previous, trached micropreemie can be in a totally international place with out me or her dad to advocate for her and her considerable medical wants.
Seeing posts from SO many individuals about “living your life” and “not living in fear” is appalling and hurtful. You are selecting to danger the lives of your dad and mom, grandparents, and group members like Lily as a way to present how “strong” you might be, whereas our youngster’s capacity to entry fundamental healthcare is in jeopardy.
I’m nonetheless steadily informed that the weak ought to simply keep dwelling, and/or Lily’s well being isn’t anybody’s downside however ours. We HAVE to go to the pharmacy for medicines and different life-sustaining provides for Lily. We have groceries, and so forth., delivered, however “just stay home” isn’t a luxurious that we’ve got on daily basis. Lily wants entry to medical providers far past COVID remedy — she has an open gap in her neck to assist her breathe, weak lungs, and several other different medical wants stemming from her untimely start. When our hospital system is struggling as it’s, we danger delayed response to the entire medical emergencies that may occur every day — pandemic or not.
As you make your vacation plans, I hope that you simply contemplate individuals in your group like Lily who want the hospital mattress, the ventilator, the suction tubing, and most significantly, the nurses and medical doctors who’re already stretched too skinny. This is STILL the time to contemplate the better good over your “personal liberties.” I don’t want your ideas and prayers. I would like you to forgo Thanksgiving and keep dwelling.
Please don’t inform me that you simply care about my youngster or different medically fragile individuals like her after which proceed to dwell your life like there isn’t a pandemic.