Hospital Nurse Cancels Own Wedding To Fight In Coronavirus "War Zone"
"I am a frontline staff and this is my story".
“I am a front line staff and this is my story.”
Benjamin, a nurse from Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) opened up about his ordeal as a frontliner amid the coronavirus outbreak through his Instagram post on Saturday (8 Feb).
It was an intimate account that gave us a deeper insight to what healthcare worker like him face—the untold and unfiltered story.
Fighting the coronavirus is akin to fighting war, having to prepare the needful—from the necessary gear to even prepping your own heart.
“Life as a front line during this period ain’t easy, to be honest it sucks. You kiss your love ones good bye before heading to the ‘war zone’,” wrote Benjamin.
According to him, frontliners are required to put on heavy protection from face shields, goggles to N95 masks at work to prevent contact with the virus and the potential spread to “loved ones at home”.
Some are even required to don a powered air-purifying respirator (PAPR) that makes breathing tougher than it already is.
A PAPR is a personal protective equipment that helps to supply clean air back through the wearer’s headpiece after filtering out harmful particles.
“[You] work quick and fast, catching your breath with every step [you] make because [LIFE] MATTERS,” Benjamin wrote.
And as if that was not enough, Benjamin found that his Annual Leaves were “frozen” and that frontline staff like him are “not even allowed to leave the country” due to an increased risk of infection.
But what hit Benjamin the most was the fact that he had to cancel his wedding reception.
It was revealed that both Benjamin and his significant other are frontliners. They are caught in the same boat with a “war” to fight.
Again, because “[LIFE] MATTERS”, he said.