I woke up this morning feeling pretty depressed. While my routine last week kept me mentally healthy, this week…I’m sick of it. I’m tired of going for walks, I’m tired of salads, I’m tired of sitting in front of my computer all day. It’s nice being at home all day, but it’s also nice to have human interaction with people outside of my household. Today it’s raining, which is making things even more dismal. I just want to go back to bed, but I’m forcing myself to stay engaged.
This week, I’ve tried to focus on the positive news, rather than the sad. Last night, a friend of mine shared an article on Facebook about the Washington “overflow” hospitals. This article reflects on Washington’s Governor Inslee and his (demanding) requests that an overflow hospital be set up in Seattle’s CenturyLink Event Center. This hospital has held 250 bed, three operating rooms, and a pharmacy. However, the city has not had the need for this hospital with their city hospitals below capacity. Because of this, our military has started to pack up and close this resource moving resources back to FEMA, waiting for another state in need (“Coronavirus: Washington”).
This article provided the positive news that I’ve been hoping for. Between articles about our recent, local deaths from the virus and news that animals can also contract the virus, it makes sense that I woke up this morning in a gloomy state. But as I reflect on this article, it comforts me that in Washington, a state that was at the forefront of devastation, things seem to be looking up. I know that we’ve got a ways to go before this crisis is over. These hospitals aren’t closing, they’re moving to more needy states, like Michigan and Washington. I’m looking forward to the day that they pack up for good.
“Coronavirus: Washington Releases Army Field Hospital at CenturyLink Field Event Center.” KIRO7, Cox Media, 9 Apr. 2020, http://www.kiro7.com/news/local/coronavirus-army-hospital-centurylink-field-event-center-getting-moved-another-state/XIDPHMLVOJAAREQ5YCL75367PU/.