Stories of the COVID Crisis https://covidstories.ihi.org/rssblog.xml We’re inviting clinicians, staff, health professions students, patients, and family members to share their stories from the pandemic. Stories to help deepen our understanding of the human experience of COVID-19. en “She had spent the day traveling from hospital to hospital, hoping to find him.” https://covidstories.ihi.org/she-had-spent-day-traveling-hospital-hospital-hoping-find-him A palliative care physician supported the wife of a COVID-19 patient in her primary language. Tue, 30 Jun 2020 14:26:51 -0400 Guisela Hernandez /stories/she-had-spent-day-traveling-hospital-hospital-hoping-find-him “Wear a mask. Save a life.” https://covidstories.ihi.org/wear-mask-save-life An unknowingly COVID-19 positive person can save lives by wearing a mask every time they go out in public. If everyone wears a mask, everyone is protected. Mon, 29 Jun 2020 16:51:40 -0400 Judy Salz /stories/wear-mask-save-life “Our whole nursing unit looked forward to hearing him sing to her.” https://covidstories.ihi.org/our-whole-nursing-unit-looked-forward-hearing-him-sing-her A nursing home practitioner describes the devastation social separation can have on the elderly. Thu, 25 Jun 2020 08:54:28 -0400 Isabella Park /stories/our-whole-nursing-unit-looked-forward-hearing-him-sing-her “Mother’s Day was bittersweet this year.” https://covidstories.ihi.org/mothers-day-was-bittersweet-year As a palliative care doctor during this COVID crisis, Mother’s Day was bittersweet this year. I helped two families say goodbye to their dying mothers. Mon, 15 Jun 2020 16:54:41 -0400 Isabella Park /stories/mothers-day-was-bittersweet-year "I am proud and grateful to be a social worker." https://covidstories.ihi.org/i-am-proud-and-grateful-be-social-worker A social worker reflects on how their work has changed and stayed the same during the COVID crisis. Tue, 09 Jun 2020 10:58:13 -0400 Laura Donnan /stories/i-am-proud-and-grateful-be-social-worker “I learned the family’s concern was racial inequality in the health care setting.” https://covidstories.ihi.org/i-learned-familys-concern-was-racial-inequality-health-care-setting A clinician recounts how she earned the trust of an African American family by listening to their fears about the health care system. Fri, 05 Jun 2020 09:10:09 -0400 Patricia Daly /stories/i-learned-familys-concern-was-racial-inequality-health-care-setting “Could we look at this more closely… and possibly offer a better ending?” https://covidstories.ihi.org/could-we-look-more-closely-and-possibly-offer-better-ending How do we balance health risks with the wishes of patients at the end of life and their family members? Tue, 02 Jun 2020 15:44:25 -0400 Sarah E. Hull, M.Ed /stories/could-we-look-more-closely-and-possibly-offer-better-ending “Please wear a mask… My life matters. Stop putting it at risk and just put on the mask.” https://covidstories.ihi.org/please-wear-mask-my-life-matters-stop-putting-it-risk-and-just-put-mask It’s heartbreaking to see people basically say it’s okay to risk my life by not wearing a mask. Not seeing me in person doesn’t mean you aren’t risking my life. Tue, 26 May 2020 15:50:24 -0400 Auz Burger /stories/please-wear-mask-my-life-matters-stop-putting-it-risk-and-just-put-mask "We are living through history." https://covidstories.ihi.org/we-are-living-through-history As the new reality sinks in, the author wonders what we will remember about living through a pandemic. Wed, 20 May 2020 15:54:02 -0400 Thomas Backus /stories/we-are-living-through-history "I recently had my first telemedicine primary care visit." https://covidstories.ihi.org/i-recently-had-my-first-telemedicine-primary-care-visit A physician shares what happened when she scheduled her first telemedicine visit with her primary care provider. Fri, 15 May 2020 13:40:13 -0400 Trissa Torres /stories/i-recently-had-my-first-telemedicine-primary-care-visit