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This is How I Peep My Daughter – a Pandemic Story

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Nurse Dianna Bernard and her daughter Crystal

18th of August, 2021. Region 9, Guyana, South America

Last updated: August 19, 2021 at 9:01 am

The covid-19 pandemic has hit the world hard in ways that are difficult to wrap our minds around. Those who have lost a loved one, close friend, or relative understand the devastating impact of Covid on a very personal level. But the relatively unsung heroes of this battle against Armageddon are our frontline workers – those healthcare providers who had to go out each day and take the bull by the horns while everyone else cowered in the homes. Here is a story that will touch your heart.

Dianna Bernard, a Registered Nurse of the Lethem Regional Hospital, was one of the healthcare workers who just couldn’t stay home when the government told everyone else to. From testing suspected Covid patients to traveling across the remote savannahs to administer medicine, her work entailed high-risk exposure to the deadly virus. At times, because of exposure to suspected Covid cases, she was forced to isolate away from her family for several long, agonizing weeks. One of the hardest aspects of this, she relates, is being away from her seven-year old daughter, Crystal.

On the 11th of August, 2020, Nurse Dianna Bernard posted the following Facebook Story.

this is how I get to peep my daughter….no hugs no kisses no cuddles …it breaks my heart to see her n hear her beg for me to come home….only a mother will understand how emotional this can be…. in the profession I have chosen I am making a big sacrifice and it’s costing me a huge emotional storm….but I continue to pray that God keep her and my family covered….I love u baby….hopefully will be home soon…..😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

This is how I get to peep my daughter…no hugs, no kisses, no cuddles…. It breaks my heart to see and hear her beg for me to come home. Only a mother will understand how emotional this can be. In this profession that I have chosen, I am making a big sacrifice and it’s costing me a huge emotional storm, but I continue to pray that God keep her and my family covered. I love you baby. Hopefully I’ll be home soon.

nurse dianne bernard – august 2020

We have published this story in the hopes that it will serve as a sober reminder of the sacrifices made by our frontline workers throughout the Covid-19 pandemic as they left their families at home to take care of others.

I can’t believe it’s a year gone by so fast. I have worked and continue to work hard with the Covid team. It’s like Covid this year is more serious than last year. This year, I have seen people lose the battle to Covid and I have seen people fight so hard to hold on to life…. That’s why I always pray for my patients…. I wish Covid would just go away.

nurse dianne bernard – august 2021
Nurse Dianna Bernard has been a Registered Nurse at the Lethem Region Hospital for over11 years, and a theatre Nurse for over 10 years.

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