Rachel Patzer is a mom of three and an epidemiologist living with her family in Georgia. She’s married to an ER doctor, and now she’s pleading with people online to stay home.
She also shared that her husband is now living in the garage in order to keep her and their children safe in case he becomes infected.
Both of the couple’s children are very young (4-years-old and 6-years-old), and one is only 3-weeks-old, which means they really are seriously at risk.
In a series of tweets, Rachel said, “My spouse is a physician in the emergency dept, and is actively treating (infected) patients.”
Twitter; pictured above is mom of three Rachel
“We just made the difficult decision for him to isolate & move into our garage apartment for the foreseeable future as he continues to treat patients.”
“We have a 3 wk old newborn and 2 young kids and just can’t risk it.”
“It pains me to wonder how many weeks will go by that he won’t get to hold our new baby or see our older kids.”
“This is one example of the sacrifice that healthcare workers are making for our communities.”
“As I attempt to home school my kids (alone) with a new baby who screams if she isn’t held, I am worried about the health of my spouse and my family.”
“This was not how I envisioned my maternity leave, but I know things could be worse.”
“It is difficult to see pictures of all the people at bars and restaurants, socializing, making play dates, and ignoring social distancing recommendations when I know my husband and many other healthcare workers are risking their lives to treat more sick patients.”
Twitter; pictured above is one of Rachel’s tweets
“Please, take this pandemic seriously. I hope the projections of infections and serious cases are incorrect.”
“If not, our healthcare system will be overloaded. And already we are seeing the strain. Please thank a healthcare worker for what they are doing and sacrificing.”
“Masks are in short supply, but we have talked about family outdoor time with 6 ft distances. The difficulty is explaining to a 4 and 6 yr old they can’t touch/hug/approach their dad.”
“But I think it’s important to balance the potential exposure risk w/ the emotional needs.”
Many other people married to healthcare workers and even people who are healthcare workers commented on Rachel’s post, and here are the heartbreaking realities of what they had to share.
One oncologist shared, “My husband is on service treating patients (with the virus) too. Here’s where he’s sleeping for the next month. Important for people to recognize how much healthcare workers are pouring their hearts into caring for pts & trying to keep their families safe.”
Twitter; oncologist Tatiana Prowell shared the above photo of where her husband is sleeping
A woman named Stacy Smith shared, “My husband is an ER physician in St. Louis. He is isolating in this trailer—away from our three boys and me, indefinitely.”
“I will be trying to homeschool a first grader and two preschoolers by myself. We made him this poster today for his trailer.”
Twitter; pictured above is what Stacy shared
A doctor in DC shared, “I am in MD in DC. I go home through the garage, take off my scrubs, disinfect my lunch bucket and my shoes, and go directly to the shower, opening doors with cleaning wipes.”
“If I get as much as a sniffle, I will also be banished to the basement room. Bless you, and best of luck.”
Twitter; pictured above is this MD’s tweet
“My wife is a PEM and EM attending. I’m picking up the kids and heading for our hunting cabin in the woods for much the same reason. Can’t have us both getting hospitalized at the same time to this,” another person shared.
Twitter; pictured above someone married to a PEM and EM attending had this to say
You can view Rachel’s original thread here.
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