At the beginning of this awful pandemic, a bunch of local Peterborough Photographers wanted to do something special to show our appreciation for our local health care workers. We got together and decided to offer free photography sessions for the front line staff and first responders at Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC). These complimentary sessions are being offered this fall, in September and October.
Today, I'm introducing you to a lovely couple, Jami and Shaun. Jami is a nurse in the ICU at the hospital. We had a fun filled photo session! What a joy to meet these guys.
Read Jami's story below.
I am an RN in the ICU at PRHC. For me, it has been really hard since I have had to isolate from my parents and grand parents.
My mother and father have been helping make sure my grand parents are taken care of and my grandmother is immunocompromised. In order to ensure she didn’t get sick, I went a few months without seeing my parents. Further, it’s been six months since I have hugged my mother or father.
The most challenging part of this pandemic from a work perspective has been seeing what this virus is capable of doing; I’ve personally taken care of covid positive patients and I’ve witnessed the terrible and destructive outcomes it’s had on people. Even worse had been the visitor policy at work and how families wish so badly to be with their loved ones but in order to protect everyone, including the patients, families weren’t allowed to visit for such a long time. It takes such a strain on the family members.
The most rewarding part of all of this though has been witnessing the strength in the team of nurses and doctors, clerks and ward aids I work with. The ICU team banded together was tight knit as you could believe and we were there for each other, we had each other’s backs and we lent a shoulder to the next whenever needed! I feel privileged to work with such an amazing team. And of course the support from my family, friends and most importantly Shaun. He was there for me every shift that I got home, ready to talk, allowed me to vent, cry, be scared and feel vulnerable. He’s been an amazing partner throughout this crisis and I know even more now how lucky I am to have him.
Thank you Jami, for working hard and protecting all of us. We can only imagine the stress and emotions you went through and we thank you and your work partners in the ICU for your commitment and dedication.
Cathy & Jenn of CatsMac Photography, Peterborough, Ontario.