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Notes For Nurses

If you’re sitting at home and wonder how you can make a difference in the COVID-19 fight, here’s an idea. Our frontline caregivers in hospitals around the country show up every day to fight the virus and tend the sick. Many of them are overworked and exhausted. Just staying healthy is a battle…
By Seth Barnes
By Seth Barnes

If you’re sitting at home and wonder how you can make a difference in the COVID-19 fight, here’s an idea.

Our frontline caregivers in hospitals around the country show up every day to fight the virus and tend the sick. Many of them are overworked and exhausted. Just staying healthy is a battle.

Elizabeth Dawson is a nurse at Swedish Hospital in Seattle and a family friend. Like many of the nurses, she’ll sometimes work three days straight and then fall into bed. I told her she was hero and she told me, “Not me. The real heroes are the 50 ICU nurses working exclusively with COVID-19 patients. They are constantly fatigued by the process. Five of them have come down with the virus. And the rest are worried that they might get it too.”

I asked Elizabeth if the nurses she knows would be encouraged if people I knew were to write them notes of encouragement and send them flowers. “Yes!” She said she would look into it.

Let’s begin by encouraging Elizabeth herself. If five of you would write her a note and send it to me, then I will forward them to her. You could either type it out or you could use the CamScanner app to make your handwritten note a pdf that you could email me. Send it to me at using the “Email Me” button above. Please let me know in the comments below if you would like to do that.

If any of you want to send flowers, then let me know and you can Venmo money. We still need to work out the logistics of getting and delivering the flowers and printing the notes. If we can figure that out, then we’ll send flowers and notes to other caregivers. Then, I’m hoping we can get photos of a nurse we blessed showing the difference you made.

Thanks for caring! 

Comments (15)

  • Jennifer‘s sister Julio is a nurse in a hospital in orange county. They have two cases of coronavirus but she does not have to work with them. I will email you a note to the nurse Elizabeth.

    Cesar

  • Groupon has an awesome deal from ProFlowers delivery today!
    I’ll send a note when I’m finished working

  • I’ll write to Elizabeth, and I’ll also send a note for any other nurse you find. Thank you for doing this, Seth! If you have specific snail mail addresses, I also make hand-stamped cards, and I’d be happy to send a few to nurses that need encouraging snail-mail, whether at work or at home.

  • Hello Seth, Thank you for following through on this beautiful act of love to our courageous nurses. I sent a note to Elizabeth via your email…I hope that I did this correctly. Blessings!

  • Thanks, Crystal. I used that to buy both Elizabeth and Estie flowers. Plus, I just ordered some for my mom and wife!

  • Rosemarie Starook

    Hi Seth, thank you for this post! I am like Wendy (in her post on 4/07 at 11 am):

    I’ll write to Elizabeth, and I’ll also send a note for any other nurse you find. If you have specific snail mail addresses, I plan on sending them notes as well. A good friend of mine made beautiful cards that I would like to send to these heroes on the front lines.

    Thanks again! Rose

  • Such a good idea, Seth. My best friend in Maine is an ICU nurse working in a COVID-19 only unit, and made the hard decision to send her two twin sons to their grandparents (she’s a single Mom) until this is over. I’ll look for a way to send her flowers – it wasn’t something I’d even considered! 🙂

  • Seth, I just sent you a separate email to your AIM address, with letters attached as Word Docs. Will that work? One to Elizabeth… five others to use as you choose. Let me know what else you need or if you need me to change anything. Bless you for this great idea!

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