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    I'm not looking for sympathy, as I did not know her well, but wanted to point out something that might not be noticed by many.

    I know a couple in the Miami Florida area - in their late 50's. He's a software developer I've worked with & she was an ER nurse. Steph had worked many 12 hour shifts - as it seems most all nurses in the area are doing these days. She fell asleep at the wheel driving home from her last shift, hit a tree & died on the way to the hospital.

    I'm sure this story is not unique, but feel that the sacrifices made by these amazing people & their families should be recognized.
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    Consider it reconized and truly sadly hugely appreciated...

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    I feel sorry for your friends, that is a terrible way to go. I hope she never woke up and had to suffer.
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    Sorry, Garret.

    Peace, man.

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    It seems that hospital employees all work long hours and I've never understood it. I'm sorry for her and her family.
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    So sorry for her family.


    But on the wider picture. As she was not safe to drive, how about the safety of the patients that her over worked and exhausted nursing colleagues care for, medicate and so on?
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peerie Maa View Post
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    But on the wider picture. As she was not safe to drive, how about the safety of the patients that her over worked and exhausted nursing colleagues care for, medicate and so on?
    Excellent point. This is why the anti-maskers et al get me so worked up.
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    So sorry to hear this. Health care workers have had a lot to deal with over the last year and they have responded heroically.

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    Health care workers that I've known all seem to work incredible hours even before Covid. They have my utmost respect and your friend has my heartfelt sympathy. ER people are amazing!

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    My wife worked twelve hour night shifts for years. 7pm to 7am. Fortunately we only live about a mile and a half from the hospital. Even so driving home in the morning was sometimes sketchy. What really terrified us was that some of her coworkers lived 45 minutes or more from work - she didn’t think she could have done that safely at all.

    Peace to her family. So sad.

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    So, the US health care system is hugely expensive, but understaffed? Remarkable.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StevenBauer View Post
    My wife worked twelve hour night shifts for years. 7pm to 7am. Fortunately we only live about a mile and a half from the hospital. Even so driving home in the morning was sometimes sketchy. What really terrified us was that some of her coworkers lived 45 minutes or more from work - she didn’t think she could have done that safely at all.

    Peace to her family. So sad.
    How many shifts a week, what total hours per week?
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StevenBauer View Post
    My wife worked twelve hour night shifts for years. 7pm to 7am. Fortunately we only live about a mile and a half from the hospital. Even so driving home in the morning was sometimes sketchy. What really terrified us was that some of her coworkers lived 45 minutes or more from work - she didn’t think she could have done that safely at all.

    Peace to her family. So sad.
    We already knew she's a saint for putting up with you - but she is to the rest of the world too? I'm not surprised.
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    My condolences to her loved ones, how sad and unnecessary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Katherine View Post
    My condolences to her loved ones, how sad and unnecessary.
    Yup - this is why I get so PO'd at the anti-maskers, anti-vaxxers, etc. They increase the # of people in the hospital & make this sort of thing happen. Selfish jerks, all of 'em.
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    Default Re: An unseen cost to Covid

    This is the reality for health workers here too, has been for years. Young doctors in hospitals have been working double shifts for decades. Covid has made it worse. Sailing club member doctor was retired, went back into harness, and is now attempting to retire again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peerie Maa View Post
    How many shifts a week, what total hours per week?
    Either three 12 hour shifts or sometimes three 8s and a 12. So 36 hours per week. Which is a lot when you are raising three kids and dealing with me, too!

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    Default Re: An unseen cost to Covid

    Quote Originally Posted by Peerie Maa View Post
    So, the US health care system is hugely expensive, but understaffed? Remarkable.
    You forgot that it is a profit based system.

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