We are bound to one another

Amanda Jackman wearing mask

With the onset of COVID-19, Amanda became responsible for communicating to over 4000 staff and physicians. “It was completely overwhelming at first,” she says. “We were in crisis-mode and bombarded with information that was vital for our health care workers.”

At St. Joseph’s the response to the virus was swift and thoughtful. “Our organization jumped into action. I was in awe of everyone’s professionalism and ingenuity. It made me proud to work at St. Joseph’s and helped me realize how steadfast we are regarding the safety and care of others.”

Putting in extra-long hours became the norm for Amanda, who had very little time to take care of herself or her children. “I felt like I ate, drank and slept this virus, as do so many health care workers. Some days it was hard to unplug even for a few minutes between the news and work.”  Even now as things seem to level-out, she anxiously awaits to see what happens next. “There are so many unknowns with this virus. When you see what’s happening across the globe you realize how bound we are to one another. We have to do our very best to be kind and helpful, always - not just during the pandemic.”

Amanda lives in a small town and is warmed by the response of her community. “People are running errands for each other, children are writing letters to seniors, sewing masks for donation, virtual churches are running, bright ribbons are pinned on lampposts, people are being so courteous. I hope this response never wears off.”

When asked what she misses the most, it’s a quick answer. “The simplest things. Having tea with a friend as we watch our kids play at the park, going to church, spending time with friends and family without worrying about masking or six feet of distance. When I am able to do those things again, I will never take them for granted. Ever.”

Amanda admits she is not good with the unknown, “I’m a planner and perfectionist by nature. This virus has shown me sometimes you just have to go easy on yourself, let go and do your best. It may not be perfect, but it’s enough.” 

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