“Another one who got burned out.” Stories pile up from people who have reached their limits. But that’s not any limit and they are not just any people. There are many people who have really passionately devoted their lives to studying and later learning and working for the health of all of us. They are invisible heroes. Modest, but extremely capable and competent. Discreet and ashamed, but brave. Sometimes they seem fragile, but they have the ability to fight and overcome that no one can imagine. And for the most part, they are the most dedicated, the most human, the most struggling and entering a spiral of accumulated pain and fatigue that is self-destructive.
It is usually colleagues or companions who notice little things and realize that that someone is walking in a swamp of quicksand, where the more they fight, the more they sink. Everyone can dress up to a certain extent. Everyone feels that they can always fight a little harder because there are patients to be treated and a team to take care of frailty. But this person loses the joie de vivre, he loses self-sufficiency and he is at a stage in which he does more harm to himself the more he fights for the sick. And either tears will come out of the hospital’s eyes to escape the problems for a time that can be weeks or months, or it can get a lot worse.
And we see cases one at a time, from the best of the best to falling like a card game to fight not just for their work and team, but most of all for their passion to save lives. And they are able to go until they self-destruct and approach a point of no return. That is too difficult. I remember a UK study that reported that 50% of ICUs suffer from post-traumatic stress when the military personnel in conflict areas is around 6% and that 20% of ICUs had suicidal thoughts. This is very serious and conveys the intensity of what goes on in hospitals.
In the world of those who talk about everything and know nothing, sentences like “we have to go on living and I am not afraid to die” and “even if many other things die” and so on are heard by people of all ages and literacies. I fully understand how these arguments came about, but there is one thing people haven’t realized after 11 months: it doesn’t end with you! Because “we” won’t let you die. The only way for us not to fight to the end of our forces to save your life is if they don’t show up in the hospitals. But nobody does that and luckily not. They boast that they “go on living” but when they really need it, they all end up in hospitals. And there we are trying to explain to you that this challenge is not just the fear of dying or the will to live for each individual, but our collective understanding of living in society, because we will not even let you die when we ourselves for it self destruct because we are made of it and these are the people who don’t respect you, the best of the best, those who are not working to get rich but because they have a passion for saving life and a moral obligation that has no parallel.
Sometimes co-workers, sometimes husbands or wives, have to look into the eyes of an exhausted face that cannot even sleep because problems took care of them a few months ago, to leave the game for a while so that it is not ruined forever . And they still fight, kick and resist, saying they can do a little bit more, even though they know they are digging a bottomless pit. All because we are not trained to let you die. We format our heads to give everything for all who cross our path.
You are destroying the best we have in this land, those who vowed to fight for your life and health until the end.
It doesn’t end with you. If you haven’t recognized this yet, it is because you haven’t recognized anything.