Listen, wait, listen again, and judge not:

The late Robin Williams once said everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind, always.

Robin Williams was perhaps the perfect messenger for this thought. None of us knew the battle he was in, a fight for his own sanity that he waged every day.

My husband was a rescue helicopter pilot for many years, so he witnessed a lot of human struggle, a lot of personal tragedy. He told me this story recently.

One night he was called out to a vehicle accident on a nearby freeway…


I met Judy when she was 27. She’d been the driver of a car that was T-boned, her head hit the driver’s window causing massive bleeding in her brain. She was flown to the trauma center where I worked, and was taken directly to the OR for neurosurgery, after which she became my patient in the Neuro-ICU.

Judy’s prognosis did not look promising. Full recovery wasn’t possible with the brain injury she’d sustained. There was a very real potential for her to remain in an unconscious, vegetative state permanently. Her parents, the first to come to her bedside, were understandably…


The pandemic has brought many changes and challenges. It’s caused us to make choices we wouldn’t have made otherwise. It’s brought people closer or, through the death of someone who mattered most, forever taken them apart. One constant that’s been in the forefront during this time is… uncertainty. We’ve witnessed death on a daily basis. Its close proximity has blanketed the earth with a deep sense of loss, anxiety, and fear. Death has become a relentless companion, a nightly news tally, a morning count and a cruel unceasing mourning. A metric whose toll continues to soar.

Stories of heartbreak now…


As a nurse who worked in Emergency and Critical Care areas, I witnessed families arriving in shock and disbelief that their loved one was in critical condition after a tragic accident. A previously healthy individual was now facing the very real possibility of death. In these situations, every life-saving technology would be used to return that person to their prior quality of life. Heroic efforts would be made on their behalf, until it was determined that sustaining life would not be possible.

As tragic and difficult as those situations were to witness, there was another sad and commonly occurring scenario…


Those of us who’ve been at the bedside of a patient in isolation know this dilema well. “Oh, bummer there’s no alcohol wipes, no stopcock, no extra chux, no — fill in the blank — in this room”. And, as you’ve already guessed, “bummer” is not the typical word that is uttered at that moment. Isolation, PPE, communication, getting to their phone, getting someone, anyone, to get you the supply you need is beyond a hassle. It is a time consuming reality in the life of a bedside nurse who must gown & garb up each time he/she goes in…


A recent study has found an association between low average levels of vitamin D and high numbers of COVID-19 cases and mortality rates across 20 European countries.

Dr Lee Smith of Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) and Mr Petre Cristian Ilie, lead urologist at Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn National Health Service (NHS) Foundation Trust have expanded previous research on the action of vitamin D in respiratory tract infections.

Since vitamin D modulates white cell response in the body, it may prove useful in damping the cytokine release as well. …


Unfortunately, many people don’t realize how the pressure mounts for the bedside clinician. Until you’ve been on that frontline, you have no idea how high the toll of losing ‘the patient’ you thought you should have been able to save is on your mental health. These days it’s not ‘the patient’, it’s patients, and the stress levels are enormous. We’re hearing stories of coping, or not. These tragic patient losses get buried initially in order to survive, just to continue returning to the bedside. Looking down the road, what is the future for those frontliners who’ve seen life and death…


Not all that long ago people took a sideways glance at a passenger sporting a mask. Today, it’s the other way around. Persons without a mask are the ones getting the long look. Recent rulings on many airlines are stating all passengers over the age of 2 are required to wear a mask covering their nose and mouth during check-in, boarding, in flight, and when deplaning. It has always been disconcerting to be in the near proximity of someone coughing, now it is cause for alarm. COVID19 can and has been a death sentence for many. It’s not something to…


Today’s recommendations come from the WHO

A mask offers slight protection against acquiring the disease. However, wearing a mask is to protect others more than ourselves.

“The disease spreads primarily from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, which are expelled when a person with COVID-19 coughs, sneezes, or speaks. These droplets are relatively heavy, do not travel far and quickly sink to the ground. People can catch COVID-19 if they breathe in these droplets from a person infected with the virus. This is why it is important to stay at least 1 metre (3 feet)…


Recently the U.S. federal government lifted long held sanctions against telemedicine interactions with senior citizens under Medicare. This change is long overdue, and will have implications far beyond the COVID 19 crisis, especially for telemedicine providers.

Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) act, aimed at tackling the COVID-19 pandemic, also reauthorizes an earlier telehealth grant program to the tune of $29 million a year through 2025.

The act also provides $1.3 billion for an HHS emergency Fund for Coronavirus measures, including telehealth access and infrastructure to healthcare centers.

Mariah Edgington

RN inspired to facilitate conversations that help people talk about their wishes for care through the end of life, so those wishes can be understood & respected

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