My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. Hosea 4:6 first part
Nursing is a tough job, it compares to digging a trench in a bottomless pit. It is a one-way street with little to no appreciation. Even so, nurses are gifted with resilience, and we keep pushing that boulder with all of our might because we are dedicated to helping others. And our patient’s needs run high, we are responsible for the emotional, mental, and physical well-being of life; the life that we value, the life that we shed tears over, the life that we witness ebb away despite giving our all. But we don’t give up, and we fiercely hold on to the towel-never throwing it in, because we would rather die than to do nothing for humanity.
The toughest aspect of nursing is to care for patients with chronic diseases that make a conscious decision to reject all medical advice, along with refusing to do their part in managing their condition. For example, many with a diagnosis of Hypertension progress to Heart Failure because they refuse to change their diet full of high sodium foods. The general public has been persuaded that it is better and easier to take prescription medication than to make healthy lifestyle changes. Taking baby steps toward improving your health has its rewards and benefits. However, it is a free will of choice to care for oneself, and for that, as nurses, we must acquiesce and accept those choices.
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Ephesians 5:15-17
We are living in a tumultuous time, full of myths and misinformation from all angles, from individuals who have good intentions but lack the necessary knowledge, yet, they continue to add to the mass hysteria by posting and giving their opinions that cannot be substantiated.
During this pandemic, we should spiritually see the separation that is occurring between the Believers and the Unbelievers. When the world feels pressure because their best efforts have failed, they resort to foolishness.
What is the goal of journalism? To gain followers, and to accomplish their goals, they have team meetings with their editors to select the information that the general public will react to. So, they choose the issue of face masks, and who is the best person to share the situation? A nurse who was formerly employed with said hospital. As a nurse, we are prohibited from sharing the internal operations of our medical facilities, and our contractual employment agreement includes a non-disclosure clause acknowledging that Public Relations will make all statements regarding the facility.
Now you are probably thinking, we have the right to know what is going on. Yes, I agree. It’s just that the hierarchy doesn’t include nurses who no longer have to abide by a non-disclosure agreement. The unemployed nurse stirs up conflict and contributes to the hysteria that has the public making face masks from every possible material and hoarding paper products.
But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 1 Corinthians 1:27
The same individuals who refuse to change their lifestyle to improve and maintain their health and demand pills to alleviate and cure their disease processes are the same people who have demanded, “Give us face masks!’ If homemade masks, dust masks, paint masks, and masks that can be purchased from Amazon were effective, the virus would be contained, and we would not be in a pandemic caused by a relentless virus.
So you think that “Something is better than nothing?” Once the mask is moist, then it becomes a breeding ground for the growth of organisms. The big question is, “Why are we disregarding the “Stay at home” order? Our lives have been disrupted by a virus that we are powerless to, and because of our sinful pride and arrogance, we are disobedient. If we obey the law, then we do not need masks.
The individuals who are in desperate need of face masks are the frontline workers who require N95 Respirator masks, and those infected with the coronavirus, and even those who have Upper Respiratory Infections caused by other organisms.
From the onset of COVID-19, I have discussed with my husband the undiagnosed carriers of the coronavirus. These are the individuals whose Immune system is strong enough to fight off the disease, yet they spread the virus to their family and to other high-risk individuals. And then we have those who believe in herbal remedies or those who wait until they are having respiratory distress to seek treatment. What about the individuals who have expired Visa’s, and they chose to stay in the United States? Would they feel comfortable seeking treatment due to their status?
“I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
Do not be fearful or resort to desperate measures! Although things look bleak, the time has not come for the total annihilation of humanity. In fact, forget the end of the world movies that you have watched. It is not going to happen as the fictional stories portrayed on the big screen. Yes, our world, as we know it, will end when Jesus comes. Study your Bible. God has revealed what will occur in the last days of earth’s history. And we know that God has planned a New Heaven and a New Earth for those who accept and faithfully serve Him. Revelation chapters 21-22
We have those who continue to adhere to sound guidance and continue to do their part to prevent the spread of this infectious virus. And we have the Movers and the Shakers who are thinking deeply by recognizing and separating the truth from foolishness, and they are speaking out.
Because of the verbalized concerns from those who realize that 100+ people in a store pose serious threats, social distancing was not possible, and carts/equipment were not being cleaned: Our largest grocery store chain, HEB, has finally developed and executed a plan that complies with infection control measures. This morning, my husband was at the store before opening. There were two lines for the 60 + customers who are allowed one hour to shop first…and yes, they maintained social distancing while standing in line, while shopping and employees were cleaning equipment after each use by the customers.
Stay at Home, Social Distancing, and proper 20-second handwashing are the best practices. Remember, that Handwashing always supersedes using hand sanitizer!
For those who prefer to wear gloves when you shop for items, there is a proper method to remove dirty gloves. https://youtu.be/U5wNjeIdNIM
However, to strengthen your Immune system, it is imperative to eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Taking extra vitamin C is also a booster for the body. We consume a plant-based diet (my hubby eats wild-caught fish) that excludes all consumption of flesh and animal by-products. Again this is a personal decision.
The most important aspect of our lives is our relationship with God. At a time when desperation causes people to seek unreliable measures, we have God. Our relationship is a personal one. We can ask for wisdom, knowledge, and common sense to apply sound principles to our lifestyle. If you are confused and unsure of what measures you need to incorporate in your life, then pray and ask God to guide you and to reveal the plan that you need to reach and maintain your optimal level of health.
Please remember that anyone can put on a white lab coat and verbalize their opinions and contrived strategies for combatting this virus. Youtube is being utilized to disseminate false information, some of the information that I have listened to would exacerbate this present dilemma and are ineffective for this current situation.
Go to the source, God, who is the Creator of all mankind. Pray, study, and faithfully trust and believe in God. His promises never fail!
Now, this is what the LORD says—He who created you, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine! 2When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you go through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, and the flames will not set you ablaze. 3For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel…Israel 43:1-3
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz RN 2020
To all of my nursing colleagues, and to those who have personally touched my life: C. Simmons RN, A. Wright RN, L. Sanchez-Bell RN, and K. Hudson RN, we have been blessed with a ministry to educate and care for those in need. Fight, fight, fight! God is with us! Amen.