Bermuda nurse in UK appeals to island to get vaccine – The Royal Gazette
Updated: 02/09/2021 08:28 AM
Covid-19 front line: Angela Whayman, a UK nurse (photo supplied)
A Bermuda nurse who yesterday watched the deaths of Covid-19 patients in the UK appealed to Bermudians to get the vaccine.
Angela Whayman, 32, said the vaccine was “the only way to make progress in containing this destructive virus.”
Ms. Whayman, who had the first of two vaccinations, added, “We don’t want others to suffer like we have seen others suffer last year when preventive measures were offered to stop the spread and reduce symptoms.” “
The veteran nurse, who works in an Oxford hospital, said the pandemic was “by far the most difficult and stressful year I have ever experienced”.
She added that caring for terminal Covid-19 patients was “overwhelming and draining”.
Ms. Whayman, who qualified in 2012, specialized as a pediatric nurse but was moved to her hospital’s adult intensive care unit after it was flooded with Covid-19 patients last March.
She emphasized the fear that Covid-19 patients suffered when they died alone.
The former Bermuda High School student from St. David’s said, “I was helping care for an adult patient who died of Covid-19.
“To know that the level of care you can provide is maximized and that no other treatment options are available is so terrible.
“The patient was ventilated and in an artificial coma, apparently unaware of the situation, which offered some consolation.”
But she added, “It didn’t make it easier because you are still so aware that your family should be by your bed, holding your hand and talking to you – telling you how important you are and how you are loved will and will be. ”missed.
“The reality was that there were six other patients on the ward, all very sick and in need of treatment.
“I have done everything in my power to spend so much time with the dying patient, to take time to care for and speak to him, to comfort and reassure him that he is safe and cared for.
“When I came back after my shift, he had died.”
Ms. Whayman said isolation was the hardest aspect of the disease to overcome for patients and their loved ones – and also put massive pressure on medical teams.
She said: “As pediatric nurses, we are so used to a family-centered approach to our care and rely so heavily on parents being their child’s advocates – giving them the familiarity and emotional support when they are sick in the frightening environment that the intensive care unit is up.
“If the parents are told that they cannot visit them, the situation becomes much more difficult for them and the child.”
Ms. Whayman added, “We have family support bubbles for you to visit and we have been very fortunate to have technology to update parents with their child’s messages and videos, but I’m sure for them this is by far not as comforting as on her bed. “
Ms. Whayman stressed that fears about the vaccine were unfounded.
She told the Bermuda public, “The vaccine is safe and is being offered to you for your own protection.
“We don’t want anyone else to suffer as we have seen others suffer over the past year when you are offered preventive measures to stop the spread and reduce symptoms.
“I have already received the first vaccine against Covid-19 and am waiting for the second dose at the end of February.
“I welcomed his arrival with open arms and I am so happy to have received the first dose.”
Ms. Whayman said, “I have strongly encouraged my family and friends to apply for the vaccine and have it as soon as possible. I believe this could be the only way we can make progress in containing this destructive virus. “
She added that coronavirus testing is also an important weapon in the fight against the potential killer.
Ms. Whayman said, “With regard to the test, I thought it was absolutely important to isolate the infection and stop it from spreading.
“In the hospitals there have been some outbreaks from asymptomatic transmissions by staff and positive patients, but routine testing identified these positive cases early enough and therefore isolated them.
“This enabled us to continue to care for the patients who currently need us.
“The test itself isn’t particularly comfortable, but it doesn’t last long – and the alternative could be so much worse.”
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