Show Health Care Workers Some Love

Posted on December 4, 2020

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A few months ago, I received excellent care from those who treated my broken wrist, initially in the ER, and afterward, in the doctor’s office. Over the past year, my sister received excellent care from workers in several hospitals. Another relative’s life was saved by emergency heart by-pass surgeries. My dear sister received excellent end-of-life care from the health care workers in a hospice facility. For all of them, I am deeply grateful.

Health care workers literally give us life! We have to do our part to protect them. We need to #MaskUp and #StayHomeStaySafeSaveLives, so infection rates can decrease.

What follows is a re-post from April. As we see worsening conditions for health care workers and the number of COVID cases rise, I plead with everyone to SHOW these workers that we appreciate them by doing everything we can to decrease infection rates.


Although we don’t have a National Health Service, like the UK (jealous!!!), the USA is facing the same health crisis with the COVID19 pandemic. Likewise, healthcare workers around the world are suffering, from treating those who are infected, from the infection, and from the most dangerous “infection” of neglect by “developed” nations in creating well-supplied, robust health care systems that can respond to the needs of the people. While my national government fails to take appropriate action, my state Governor, Gretchen Whitmer, is <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="http://&lt;!– wp:paragraph –> <p>Although we don’t have a National Health Service, like the UK (jealous!!!), the USA is facing the same health crisis with the COVID19 pandemic. Likewise, healthcare workers around the world are suffering, from treating those who are infected, from the infection, and from the most dangerous “infection” of neglect by “developed” nations in creating well-supplied, robust health care systems that can respond to the needs of the people. While my national government fails to take appropriate action, my Governor, Gretchen Whitmer is doing a much better job of trying to prevent needless loss of life.</p> doing a much better job of trying to prevent needless loss of life.

Unlike the federal government, no matter the circumstances, healthcare workers do all they can to help, every day, and they deserve safe working conditions with all the protective equipment they need, living wages, healthcare coverage, sick time, and retirement benefits.

Today’s post is to honor and thank healthcare workers, who hold our lives in their hands.

For some health care workers, poetry is good medicine. BBC presenter Sophie Raworth reads the poem, “These Are The Hands” by Michael Rosen. The former children’s laureate is currently in intensive care in hospital, with suspected coronavirus. Listen Here: “These Are the Hands” – by Michael Rosen, read by Sophie Raworth

See the Poem Here:“These Are the Hands” – by Michael Rosen

The poem is published in These Are The Hands: Poems from the Heart of the NHS.

Learn About the Anthology Here: ‘Everyone is pulling together’: poems by NHS workers to raise money for Covid-19 appeal:

“a new poetry anthology, These Are the Hands, collects poems from NHS doctors and nurses at all stages of their careers, as well as others whose vital work keeps the health service going, including cleaners, interpreters and clerical staff.”

See “Nursing the Nation” read by poet and NHS nurse Molly Case

Learn How Doctors Use Poetry “I’ve decided that I’ll learn how to meet my patients beyond the chart documents; that I’ll encourage them to write their own empowering stories; that I will heal as well as treat.”

Read Poems By Nurses, compiled to celebrate of World Poetry Day, “poems about nursing that capture the many experiences and emotions nursing staff live through every day.”

THANK YOU to all who work in health care. I hold you in my heart.

May you be happy.

May you be well.

May you be free from suffering.

May you be at peace.

~The Lovingkindness Meditation


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lisa eddy is a writer, researcher, educator, advocate,  musician, and gardener.

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Posted in: Advocacy, Poetry, Wellness