Indeed. We are all adjusting to having this novel coronavirus, COVID-19 be such a huge part of our world and daily lives. So much uncertainty and change. I just got another piece of that, when I received an email today with the heading of MRCBC Deployment Information.
As you may or may not know, I am a retired family physician. I’ve been working with people primarily as a trauma therapist for many years, but I did the family doctor gig for quite some time as well. A week ago, I (and most other healthcare providers in the state) received an email from the state licensing board stating that extra hands of a medical nature were likely to be required in the near future. Would I help? I’ve kept my medical license current, so I didn’t have to do a rush job there. I ended up contacting my local county health department and found out that there is a volunteer medical reserve corps, people who are available and trained to help in the event of emergency. This week I did the online trainings, FEMA courses, filled out forms, got background checked, all that fun stuff, and by yesterday was approved and accepted by MRCBC, the Medical Reserve Corps of Boulder County.
Today I got a phone call from a coordinator, and this afternoon will be reporting for my first assignment, which will be at a recreation center converted to a shelter for ill people without a home. Not sure of the details, but from what I’ve been told so far, my job will involve questioning individuals about their health and symptoms, and if they are too ill for this sick persons shelter, assisting in their being moved elsewhere. Basically, we will be monitoring to make sure they are in the right place to recover from illness and not needing more intensive services.
I’ll know more after today. We have an onsite training at 4:30 this afternoon and then residents will arrive starting at 6. It’s interesting to notice my reactions. Some excitement at being able to contribute, a little anxiety. I don’t want to get sick (as if anyone does) nor do I want to bring anything home. I also am aware that some boundary setting is going to be important. I will do what I think I can do safely while maintaining my own health. I need rest as much or more than most. No, I won’t work night shifts. Early mornings, those are okay.
We shall see, and it’s interesting heading into a different arena. Time to go eat a combined lunch/dinner before I go off into this chapter.