As you can imagine, it’s been quite a wild ride as a healthcare worker in Dallas these days.
I’m already over two months into my internship– I can hardly believe it. I’ve been in various management rotations for the past few weeks as well as working on my research project and work for upcoming clinical rotations. October hasn’t been too busy, but I’ve been using the time to get ahead on my work for once. I also have several rotations with longer commute times– which means more time in the car (and less blogging, unfortunately).
November and December are going to hit pretty hard with seven weeks of clinicals as well as three formal presentations. As busy as it sounds, I’m extremely excited for my upcoming NICU and oncology rotations.
I’m sure a few of you are wondering where I stand on the Ebola situation here in Texas.
No, the Ebola patientss are not being treated at the hospital I work at– but it’s definitely hitting close to home. I can see the helicopters circling Presbyterian hospital from my patio. I also drive by the street the second Ebola patient lives on everyday on my commute to work. Scary.
My thoughts on the Ebola situation? Coming from someone that’s a huge germ-a-phobe– I’m not worried. I’m aware of the severity of the virus, but I’m also aware the likelihood of someone like me coming into contact with Ebola is rare.
It’s frightening to think there is an extremely contagious and deadly virus a few miles away– but Dallas is a gigantic city–2.48 million people in Dallas county alone–to be exact.
Working in a hospital I have seen first hand the numerous (and incredibly strict) protocols and procedures in place for infectious diseases, including Ebola. This is not a virus that is spread through the air or even through a hand shake. It is spread through bodily fluids and is only contagious when symptoms arise.
Those of you who have taken a microbiology class in the past understand this. It’s important to remember that not all viruses (or bacteria) are spread in the same way.
The bottom line: the policies and procedures put in place by our healthcare system are there for a reason–to prevent the spread of diseases such as Ebola. This simple fact is easily overshadowed by the media and the tendency to blow things out of proportion.