Expendable. Disposable. Sacrificial. – Caitlyn’s Story (pt. 2)

January 04, 2021

In part two of this story, ER nurse Caitlyn dives deeper into her experience on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic in Oregon. In this episode Caitlyn, usually unflappable, recounts her breaking point.

She describes her reality as more manageable if she stayed at the hospital to work rather than face her isolation at home. Like so many of her colleagues, sleep evaded her for days on end. Anxiety and stress followed her home. Away from any support structure, she considered herself a potential danger to others. She chose to not even go to the grocery store for fear of getting someone sick. Caitlyn self-isolated completely.

After facing one of the worst cases of her career, Caitlyn realized she had been pushed over the edge and needed help.

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