A Community in Crisis - Megan Meller, Infection Preventionist
I'm exhausted from working 12-hour days and getting woken up twice during the night because of an emergent COVID-19 situation. I'm exhausted from juggling reporting extraordinary number of COVID cases with phone calls, emails, and other responsibilities. I'm overwhelmed by the number of hospitalized patients that only seems to grow by the day. I'm heartbroken that I have to report to the state that someone died from COVID-19 in our hospital without loved ones by their side. I can't leave COVID-19 at work anymore. Family and friends call for advice but I don't hesitate because I rather they get information from me than from someone else. I'm also grateful. I'm grateful that my mom only had a mild case of COVID-19 despite having some risk factors. I'm grateful to be surrounded by a fantastic team at Gundersen and for a wonderful support system in my partner, family, and friends. Infection Control is my dream job. This is my calling.