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Aug 1 - ICU Doctor Cannot Believe The Things Unvaccinated Patients Are Telling Me
 

 
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“We can’t let COVID win.”

This was my colleague’s mantra when the pandemic started last year. And for the almost 18 months since, health care workers have rallied to the battlefields, even at times when we had no weapons to brandish.

We took care of the infected and the critically ill when no one else would. We reused N95 masks, carefully placing them in labeled brown paper bags in between shifts. We witnessed lonely deaths and held up iPads for families to say their heartbreaking goodbyes. We created elaborate backup schedules and neglected our personal lives. We stepped up during surges and when our colleagues fell ill. Camaraderie in the ICU had never been stronger because we recognized that this was a team effort and all of humanity was battling against a common enemy.

But as health care workers, we also were painfully aware of our own vulnerabilities. We can run out of ICU resources for our patients. We can run out of personal protective equipment for ourselves. We can be exposed on the job and get sick. And we can die — many of us did, more than 3,600 from COVID-19 in the first year.

Many of us quarantined away from our families to protect the ones we love. We counted the risk factors of our children, our elderly parents, our spouses, and came up with our own formulas to decide whether to come home at the end of the shift or hole up in a hotel room. One of our ICU directors wrote and rewrote our COVID-19 clinical guidelines to keep up with the evolving literature and somehow she carved out the time to write her own will

worked daily to adapt our end-of-life program to the changing needs and restrictions of the pandemic and signed up for a vaccine clinical trial as soon as one became available. I also updated my own advance directive and printed it out for my husband, just in case.

Then, effective vaccines became widely available in the U.S. — I briefly saw light at the end of the tunnel. The number of patients with COVID-19 in ICUs across the country plummeted. It looked like our sacrifices and commitment as health care workers had paid off. We believed herd immunity could become a reality and we could return to some sense of normalcy.


But the relief was short-lived, the hope was fleeting, and we are amid another surge. A surge that is fueled by a highly transmissible variant and those unvaccinated. My experiences in the ICU these past weeks have left me surprised, disheartened, but most of all, angry.

I am angry that the tragic scenes of prior surges are being played out yet again, but now with ICUs primarily filled with patients who have chosen not to be vaccinated. I am angry that it takes me over an hour to explain to an anti-vaxxer full of misinformation that intubation isn’t what “kills patients” and that their wish for chest compressions without intubation in the event of a respiratory arrest makes no sense. I am angry at those who refuse to wear “muzzles” when grocery shopping for half an hour a week, as I have been so-called “muzzled” for much of the past 18 months.

I cannot understand the simultaneous decision to not get vaccinated and the demand to end the restrictions imposed by a pandemic. I cannot help but recoil as if I’ve been slapped in the face when my ICU patient tells me they didn’t get vaccinated because they “just didn’t get around to it.” Although such individuals do not consider themselves anti-vaxxers, their inaction itself is a decision — a decision to not protect themselves or their families, to fill a precious ICU bed, to let new variants flourish, and to endanger the health care workers and immunosuppressed people around them. Their inaction is a decision to let this pandemic continue to rage.

I am at a loss to understand how anyone can look at these past months of the pandemic — more than 600,000 lives lost in the U.S. and more than 4 million worldwide — and not believe it’s real or take it seriously.

And meanwhile, immunocompromised people, for whom vaccines don’t generate much immunity, are desperately waiting for herd immunity. I have no way to comfort my rightfully outraged transplant patients who contracted COVID-19 after isolating for over a year and getting fully vaccinated as soon as they could. With angry tears, these patients tell me it’s not fair that there are people who are choosing to endanger both themselves and the vulnerable people around them. They feel betrayed by their fellow citizens and they are bitter and angry. I cannot blame them.

I am at a loss to understand how anyone can look at these past months of the pandemic — more than 600,000 lives lost in the U.S. and more than 4 million worldwide — and not believe it’s real or take it seriously. But the unhappy truth is that there are people who do not. They did not in the beginning and many are doubling down now.

I thought when this pandemic began that we were all in this f*ght together, engaged in a war against a common enemy. Now, I painfully realize: Perhaps we were never on the same side and we never had a common enemy. Perhaps the war has been among ourselves all along. We have won many battles but unvaccinated America is choosing to let COVID win the war.

Thanh Neville, M.D., M.S.H.S., is an ICU physician and researcher at UCLA Health. She is also the medical director of the UCLA 3 Wishes Program (an end-of-life program in which clinicians elicit and implement final wishes for dying patients and their families). You can follow her on Twitter at @Thanh_neville.

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 2 months ago '19        #2
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COVID isn’t winning. go outside

what’s winning is the propaganda in the media and the foolish ppl buying into it.
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 2 months ago '17        #3
punchlineking  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x7 OP
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don lemon is 100% right

fu*k em
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 2 months ago '04        #4
regularjoe  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x3
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 punchlineking said



don lemon is 100% right

fu*k em
He’s 100% correct
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 2 months ago '16        #5
FutureHipHop  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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You are the enemy
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 2 months ago '11        #6
PotheadFocker  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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People are more divided now than they were during the election

Stop falling for this sh*t

Covid is gonna be around permanently like a scarier flu

I’ve never seen people f*ght and tell each other to die over flu shots

Wake up motherfu*kers
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 2 months ago '04        #7
d.c. supreme  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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 PotheadFocker said
People are more divided now than they were during the election

Stop falling for this sh*t

Covid is gonna be around permanently like a scarier flu

I’ve never seen people f*ght and tell each other to die over flu shots

Wake up motherfu*kers
it's already written in stone at this point. this is clearly going to be another type of flu the world is going to have to deal with for the foreseeable future. it's already over. there's no vaccines that will win this war anymore and maybe it never was going to even if everyone took them which was foolhardy to believe in the first place. it's here to stay. people just gotta treat this for what it is and stop this us vs them non-sense in regards to politics or vaccines. the war is already lost, give it up and learn to live with reality at this point. fu*k your side, fu*k the culture war, make the world better via your actions is all you can do at this point.
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 2 months ago '06        #8
d4deesnuts 
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Morons disputing doctors, u gotta love it. First reply was already done by an imbecile.
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 2 months ago '07        #9
KeepinItTrill 
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"I am at a loss to understand how anyone can look at these past months of the pandemic — more than 600,000 lives lost in the U.S. and more than 4 million worldwide — and not believe it’s real or take it seriously."

ask Fox and other trumptard news outlets
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 2 months ago '11        #10
SainT sig  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x5
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If you don’t want a vaccine that’s your right (for now) & should be able to make that choice without being sh*t on.

I’m for vaccine & for free will. Do whatever you believe in. I’ve had Covid & was extremely mild. I am gonna get the vaccine tomorrow actually just to get it over with.
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 2 months ago '21        #12
JayMurdoch  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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Reporter asks how the government is testing for the delta variant. Her answer basically, I don't know i'm just telling you what they told me to say.


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Top 10 most slapped recently  2 months ago '21        #13
B46610  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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didnt read

everything about rona screams try hard
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 2 months ago '06        #14
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 d4deesnuts said
Morons disputing doctors, u gotta love it. First reply was already done by an imbecile.
This. It’s how Trump got into the White House.
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 2 months ago '04        #15
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 punchlineking said



don lemon is 100% right

fu*k em
How many times are you going to post this you deranged fear mongering lunatic?
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 2 months ago '04        #16
Rashad69 
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 SainT sig said
If you don’t want a vaccine that’s your right (for now) & should be able to make that choice without being sh*t on.

I’m for vaccine & for free will. Do whatever you believe in. I’ve had Covid & was extremely mild. I am gonna get the vaccine tomorrow actually just to get it over with.
Nah. Something can be your right.... and people have the right to sh*t on you for a selfish choice that can also affect others.

If you don't wanna get vaccinated, but you plan on staying in the house, not going out, not doing sh*t, or staying masked up and keeping your distance, thats one thing.

But to say you won't get the vaccine AND you don't wanna get criticized for it either....if you want the can of worms, gotta deal with the dirt that comes with it.
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 2 months ago '04        #17
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 SainT sig said
If you don’t want a vaccine that’s your right (for now) & should be able to make that choice without being sh*t on.

I’m for vaccine & for free will. Do whatever you believe in. I’ve had Covid & was extremely mild. I am gonna get the vaccine tomorrow actually just to get it over with.
Get what over with? You already had covid, your body handled it as it was naturally suppose to.
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 2 months ago '04        #18
regularjoe  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x3
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Let someone with COVID cough on your food, and share your drink too.

Bet you won’t eat or drink it. But COVID isn’t a big deal right?

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 2 months ago '05        #19
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 RANK ONE said
COVID isn’t winning. go outside

what’s winning is the propaganda in the media and the foolish ppl buying into it.
it's hard when it's your job, your livelihood and you see it every day.
Some of us can't live with the blinders on.
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 2 months ago '16        #20
Joesticka 
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Literally saying the same exact sh*t as the last time. All to instill fear. Except the first one was doing bigger numbers/uncounted…. Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see. Live how ever you feel is the way
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 2 months ago '04        #21
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 RANK ONE said
COVID isn’t winning. go outside

what’s winning is the propaganda in the media and the foolish ppl buying into it.
Dude you are an idiot. You CAN go outside. Just get vaccinated and wear a damn mask. It's not hard or troublesome at all. The issue is these weirdos want to not wear masks or get vaccinated, while going out. Then when they are in the ICU they somehow cannot believe what has happened to them. It's insane. If we simply work together within another year or two sh*t will go back to normal.
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 2 months ago '04        #22
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 Rashad69 said
Nah. Something can be your right.... and people have the right to sh*t on you for a selfish choice that can also affect others.

If you don't wanna get vaccinated, but you plan on staying in the house, not going out, not doing sh*t, or staying masked up and keeping your distance, thats one thing.

But to say you won't get the vaccine AND you don't wanna get criticized for it either....if you want the can of worms, gotta deal with the dirt that comes with it.
You the one getting the vaccine to be protected, what you worried about unvaccinated people for?

Did you go screaming at other folks for not getting a flu shot prior to 2019?
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 2 months ago '17        #23
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 punchlineking said



don lemon is 100% right

fu*k em





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 2 months ago '21        #24
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As Americans, we are spoiled. Everything is too convenient/easy here...our biggest issue isn't clean water, it's "Starbucks is out of oat milk".

Being familiar with malaria, SARS etc most n*ggas in the 3rd world would sell their kidney to get Covid vaccinated.

The price of privilege...


Last edited by Swisha2k11; 08-01-2021 at 06:01 PM..
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 2 months ago '21        #25
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 JugernoT said
Dude you are an idiot. You CAN go outside. Just get vaccinated and wear a damn mask. It's not hard or troublesome at all. The issue is these weirdos want to not wear masks or get vaccinated, while going out. Then when they are in the ICU they somehow cannot believe what has happened to them. It's insane. If we simply work together within another year or two sh*t will go back to normal.

no means no. stop trying to r*pe me with your vaccine.
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