BYRON CENTER, Mich. — “I think some of the most heartbreaking things that come from this, is people dying alone.” Metro-Health nurse Sue Bevier said.
Sue Bevier says that's a reality she's faced more and more each day.
“Having your nurse be the person at the bedside, while that patient passes, or is scared…that’s something I wouldn’t wish on anybody,” Bevier said.
Cases of COVID are rising rapidly in Michigan. Sue says she wants people to know it's still dangerous, even if they don't experience it firsthand.
“I think a lot of it has to do with people’s perception of what’s going on. I don’t think they think things are as bad as it is. Because no one can set foot in the hospital and see the stress, and the strain,” Bevier said.
Half of her floor is now dedicated to intensive care patients. Workloads are becoming heavier. Sue says, it's unlike anything she's seen before...even worse than March.
“Mentally it’s tiring, physically I’m okay,” Bevier said.
She says, if you know a healthcare worker...thank them. Things are getting more difficult by the minute.
Sue says the best thank you, would be doing everything you can to prevent the spread.
“Back in March, there were free meals for hospitals, free things being given out, and social media, just saying yes we’re going to mask up to protect you. I feel like things have slightly swung the opposite direction,” Bevier said.