“If you keep thinking of this problem, you can never do this job.”. “And I’m saying this as someone who doesn’t believe in these guidelines,” he adds. The higher a patient’s final tally, the higher the priority for intubation. I want to hear about them directly from health care workers in Italy. I don’t have some of the “required” symptoms on their lists, and I do have other symptoms that aren’t on their lists. We manage to reinsert her breathing tube and replace her IV lines; she safely makes it to the I.C.U. I need to know what might come, what decisions I might be confronted with. Deep horizontal creases run across my cheeks. Something actually works! Will I, too, feel that way soon? doors there, I shrink from the sights and smells. I’m too ashamed that after nearly 15 years as a doctor, I can’t do much more for them except put an oxygen mask over their nose and mouth. The truth is, when treatment is rationed or withheld, the decisions are almost always reasonable, and hopefully the family will be involved. No one in the chat group knows. It’s so hot. I put it back on my face. But it seems a lot to ask of someone who’s very sick. I got on the floor and played with her. I hope intensely for that moment to come soon. Think about what you know of her, I say. – Mark Twain Rate it: I don't give a damn for a man that can only spell a word one way. I didn't think that they would name it after me, but lo and behold they did, the Avedis Donabedian Foundation. In New York City this week, the conversation shifts. I had made the decision that day to intubate him, which would necessitate giving him a ventilator and an I.C.U. I've never been to church and prefer to think for myself. Patients who test positive for the virus are unintentionally roomed with those who test negative or whose tests are still pending, because the E.R. He had to see the situation for himself. I’d never looked after myself, let alone my daughter, and I didn’t know how to cope with my feelings.” Matt continued to go to the support group … A couple of hours into my shift, one of the nurses comes to me. Arlington, VA 22203, NAMI Required Disclosures For Written Solicitations. Paramedics say they are seeing 300 “dead on arrival” cases in one day, citywide, instead of the usual 50 or so. It … I just panicked. We spend our days talking to patients and families about the limits of medicine and what doctors can do; we call people to tell them their loved ones have passed away. “I knew that he was not doing well,” Duca says. In the early evening, toward the end of one shift, a woman with ash-blond hair in her 50s walks into the E.R. On my way to work, I hear on the radio that a 48-year-old nurse from another New York City hospital has died from coronavirus. I decide to do it unofficially, texting a close doctor friend I work with and telling him what I want in writing. He won the 2018 National Magazine Award for feature photography on Ohio’s opioid epidemic. Others spray theirs down with Lysol after every shift. Some of them had diarrhea instead of respiratory complaints, which made diagnosis confusing. physicians. I didn't get to see the baby that day. You become tough in a few days.”. Over the next several days, I notice the tone changing during my shifts. But there were no spots in the I.C.U., because they were filled with younger and healthier patients whose prospects of recovery were greater. doctors, who also works in the I.C.U., proposes an extreme case during a Zoom meeting: We know from China’s experience that once a patient is in cardiac arrest from ­Covid-19, the chance of survival is essentially zero. Such material is not meant to be taken seriously. It took time to adjust to that idea I would never hold another baby (of my own) in my arms. Is 92 percent much better than 90 percent? Too concerned about the new patients, I never take the time to check on him again. “The person you were coding was six years younger than me.”. I’ve already had a few of those conversations on the phone with family members, guiding them through what would happen to their loved ones, explaining the extensive medical procedures involved and the thin likelihood of survival, assuring them that they should feel no guilt, that I would do the same for my mother. “Soft utilitarian” is how Vergano characterizes the approach. One day I see a grandfatherly man, who speaks softly and smiles sweetly, come in with oxygen numbers dipping as low as 75 percent. A surgeon and an E.R. I’m an E.R. It feels like the virus is everywhere, breathing on all the surfaces, exhaling itself into the atmosphere. “I realize now that keeping the emotions outside of me can help to manage the shift and the stress, but I need to be human to keep working.” I know exactly what he means. I’ve thought and written about what makes a meaningful life, and I generally agree that means autonomy for patients and families; they should get to make decisions about their treatment. But I didn’t feel brave in the We are weeks away from the full impact of this outbreak, but we are already trying to conserve masks, gowns and face shields. It’s not something I bring on myself. Back in New York, I work a couple of shifts in the E.R. (Data that comes out later confirms as much: Black and Hispanic patients are dying at twice the rates of their white and Asian counterparts.). I didn’t believe her. To his left was another man, about the same age but healthy. I still can’t believe it took us that long for my daughter considering my son, my brother, and myself. “To be honest with you, I didn’t see there was an issue with it myself. Helen Ouyang in her rental car preparing for a shift in the emergency room, putting Band-Aids on her face to help protect it from her mask. she wrote. Future patients like the 30-year-old are not yet here, but they are definitely on their way. I struggle when they are gone. You have to reorganize your mind; you have to reorganize your work; you have to reorganize your personnel and health care people.”, Marco Vergano, a co-author of the controversial Siaarti guidelines, had removed the criteria from the document because he wanted to give doctors flexibility — and because he knew the criticism would be overwhelming. She was delirious, lacking oxygen to her brain, and had also yanked out her IV lines. can be swamped, with patients doubled up in rooms and too few monitors and beds to go around. Maybe an alarm bell sounds because their oxygen level has dropped. As soon as he put a ring on my finger, I was his property. To hear more audio stories from publishers, like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android. He was one of the first doctors hospitalized for coronavirus infection in the United States. I tell them that she has clearly expressed what she wants, and I promise to make her comfortable. Two Italian colleagues — a doctor and a nurse — have already warned me about the physical toll of wearing this equipment on their aching faces, their noses rubbed raw, the tracing of their masks etched into their skin. Unlike in the E.R., where I dodge patients, colleagues and stretchers to get around — forget six feet of separation; we’re not able to maintain six inches — here the hallways are free and unobstructed. It took time to adjust to that idea I would never hold another baby (of my own) in my arms. Three hours later, I pull out my phone again and call my patient’s niece. He had issued an executive order stating that physicians “shall be immune from civil liability for any injury or death” while caring for patients during the Covid outbreak, unless it’s a case of “gross negligence.” I ask my co-workers if anyone is still concerned about getting sued. So many patients are overflowing into the hallways, relying on oxygen tanks instead of the dispensers on the walls. I think that we do this to protect ourselves. It’s not meant to be a strict make-or-break guideline, but it functions as a tool to help in decision-making. “Please, don’t give up,” writes Cornelli, the nurse in Lombardy. I respond. Explore the different options for supporting our mission. Otherwise, wear the same one — “for multiple patients, for multiple shifts.” How am I supposed to know when a mask should be thrown out? He had been high up in the Italian Alps through the last day of February, when the distressing messages started to come in from colleagues asking him to join a new Coronavirus Crisis Unit for Lombardy, a region in northern Italy. I shudder, forcing myself to erase the image from my mind. These observations happen repeatedly; I pendulum back and forth between my fascination with the disease and my despair for my patients. It seems impossible to avoid getting infected. Otherwise, with every violation of the protective barrier, every instance of less-than-ideal protection, which is almost every time, I would be paralyzed by thoughts of having infected myself. I’m very, very lucky. I replay the recording four more times. I … I get triggered sometimes, like something will happen right now and it will remind me of past events and that triggers anxiety, flashbacks or nightmares. Those of us who work in the E.R. They strongly advise against allocating precious resources, like ventilators and beds, on the traditional basis of first-come, first-served, which would reduce the number of lives a hospital could save. I order some morphine for the patient. I just kept telling myself everything was fine. I didn't know statistics. “We are so tired, tired of a tiredness that no sleep can relieve,” she writes. I’ve since stopped. It’s why my bedroom is covered with pictures, to remind myself they exist. This week, our employee-health services is at last starting to routinely test medical workers who develop symptoms that could be Covid-related. Many have died in the meantime, and many more are uncounted in the ­Covid-19 death toll because they succumbed at home or weren’t tested. A colleague begs me to rethink this, telling me they will get better care at home with their family members than here in the E.R., at least in its current state. I happened to have been assigned to work at one hospital for a chain of shifts, so I hadn’t been inside one of our other hospitals in over a week. Doctors tell me the province of Bergamo has been hit the hardest by this pandemic. All of that was traumatic and it’s what caused the PTSD. Here I am, trying to fight against the stigma of mental illness and I can’t even stand up to a friend. A few days ago, palliative-care doctors started helping us with some of the life-or-death conversations. For now, it’s only a shadow of what my Italian counterparts are facing, but it forces the very real question of how to allocate resources, whether ventilators or beds — or those of us who work in the E.R. I assumed everyone was white, including me. I’ve changed a lot. One E.R. As soon as I open the E.R. Health care workers and equipment are coming in from other states. “As an emergency physician, I understand anything can happen to anyone at any time, but I have never felt exposed nor susceptible,” he wrote. “Something going our way for a change,” he responds. Duca made the difficult decision not to give the patient a breathing tube, to save the ventilator for someone more likely to live. On the last day of March, I get several texts from Duca and his colleagues. Even if we are exposed to a patient without proper personal protective equipment, we are expected to return to work if we don’t have symptoms. I fell in love with the bass player. “They say we are God-playing.”. I am optimistic that for those who have a chance of surviving, we will be able to do everything for them. I knew from an early stage in my training that I wanted to be a … Someone sends me ultrasound images of profound heart failure in a Covid patient he cared for. I was certainly not the mom she deserved. My due date was just three days away. Oxygen hisses in the background. Intubated patients, of every age, are on ventilators everywhere. I scroll through the lab tests of patients. doctor at Papa Giovanni XXIII Hospital, tells me. TED Talk Subtitles and Transcript: Every doctor makes mistakes. Sometimes they are still there the next day. This page contains material that is kept because it is considered humorous. I run around, trying to care for more patients. As this hypothetical situation plays out in my head, I immediately want to know the age of the patient. “Christopher Firlit.” I say his name out loud; I look at his photo. We try putting a few patients prone on their stomachs. I didn't have a single friend in the class and I felt so They include Marco Vergano, a 45-year-old I.C.U. But we can’t give them too much in the way of IV fluids or we could flood the respiratory system. Sometimes, I can’t remember if the gloves on my hands are clean or dirty. I take big gulps of it through my nostrils before letting the mask compress my face again. Credit...Philip Montgomery for The New York Times. In the meantime, updated clinical recommendations are given to us to follow: If patients’ oxygen levels are slightly below normal, send them home anyway if they look OK. Let’s hope they know when to come back, I think. The hospitals I work at are nearing maximum occupancy, even as new quarters are constantly being opened to accommodate more patients infected with Covid. It has been less than six weeks, but I’ve never felt less useful as a doctor. During college, when I was still a virgin, I went to see a male ob-gyn. This is how we approached every shift. I briefly wonder if I’m getting sick, then I decide that it will become obvious if I am, that I should just go on for the day. Swift and fierce denunciation of the group and its recommendations follows the document’s release. She’ll pick the closest city with the smallest number of cases. “The coronavirus has stripped away my veneer of invincibility.”. I used to say I'd fallen over.' I keep hearing about this “apex,” that we’re still weeks away from it. Ventilators get parceled out. Although the man is designated D.N.R./D.N.I. I was certainly not the mom she deserved. I recall a mantra from my days in residency: “A dry lung is a happy lung.” An Italian doctor tells me that she’s learning that the kidneys could also take a hit, compromising their ability to filter waste from the blood. We are starting trial runs of putting two patients on one ventilator at my hospital. Their respiratory needs are different from what I’m used to. But you don’t need to go to a yoga class to learn these lessons. Did I just fall asleep? What may have been unimaginable even a week ago seems completely possible, even likely, now. It wasn’t until I walked into her dormroom at the I have to tend to them instead. He feels good, he says, and his breathing is fine. People are now referring to ours as “a third-world country,” … At night, I open an email that a doctor in Brooklyn forwarded to me with the names of more health care workers in New York City who have died. I feel at odds with myself, conflicted between my emotional response and my intellectual curiosity about this virus, which seems, as Brambillasca said, to be mercurial — reckless in what it inflicts on its victim. for more than a week; most of the patients are too sick to talk; the few without breathing tubes who are able to cough are muffled by their masks. It has been only a week since my colleague first posed the hypothetical case about resuscitating a Covid-infected patient whose heart has stopped. I didn’t believe her. doctor in Bergamo. She converses with the nurse about her week of fever and cough, but while an EKG is being done, she suddenly becomes unresponsive. 3 If you look at the ONS death statistics the number of deaths is still less than the last major season flu epidemic. That’s when a child knows his or her parent exists even if they aren’t physically there. How can we stay true not only to her wishes but also to who she is as a person? Several days ago, only a few patients had Covid, but suddenly it seems we have become, like facilities in Italy, a Covid hospital. “From my position in the crisis unit, I see the whole picture,” he says. “Without guidelines,” he tells me, “it’s impossible to work. Vergano notes that most of the criticism has come from regions in Italy that have yet to be hit as hard as Lombardy. Mistake. I have to shut down thoughts about my own risks and mortality. “We could not speak.” He knows the hospital has already passed its maximum capacity. Even if I develop symptoms, I’m not able to get a test from employee-health services at my hospital anyway. I know many New York hospitals are working on their own resource-allocation guidelines and designating a third-party team of in-house doctors to decide which patients get to have their care escalated. Papa Giovanni XXIII Hospital, which provides advanced, state-of-the-art medical care, is one of the biggest hospitals in the region, housing more than 900 beds. Participants ask questions about the availability of tests and how we should protect ourselves, but no one seems very worried by what’s unfolding in Italy. I take a medication that prevents me from self-harming. 4301 Wilson Blvd., Suite 300 It doesn’t mean anything. Maybe thats a common thing in the medical world. There’s the gut, too — patients can experience a lot of diarrhea. Too exhausted at the end of my shift, I don’t say goodbye to him either. I recently went on vacation with a friend from Austria. That wasn’t a conscious choice, just something I never felt the need to do. Then I try to convince myself that it’s like running. Every part of the body comes under attack, it seems. Brambillasca just got his first non-Covid patient in the “clean” I.C.U., intended for patients not infected with coronavirus. In the E.R., I run into two co-workers who have recovered from the virus and are back at work. I want to honor his death. doctor in Turin, in the neighboring province of Piedmont, who is also the chairman of the bioethics group of Italy’s society of intensivists (Siaarti). Don’t get me wrong: therapy has helped so much. He suggests that I take a walk down the hall and make a right, less than 100 yards away. We shock her out of the irregular, rapid rhythm her heart is in, put a breathing tube down her throat and start drips of multiple IV medications to stimulate her heart and constrict her blood vessels. Old or young, all seem wholly vulnerable. The document’s fundamental thrust, though, is that those with the highest chances of survival — the young and the healthy — get priority. But, says physician Brian Goldman, medicine's culture of denial (and shame) keeps doctors from ever talking about those mistakes, or using them to learn and improve. “Damage control,” we call it. “To hear it will end.” (I punctuate using a period, but in my mind it’s a giant question mark. It’s the only thing that provides some reassurance. A couple days later, I see on Twitter that a Detroit-area oral-surgery resident has died. What does she value? I used to be afraid they wouldn’t come back. But I've never had the necessary statistics to be able to do that sort of thing, and so, anyway, I always wanted to be a character actor. I am now at the receiving end of their grief and sympathy. “We are seeing it here. On Twitter, I see a photo of resident doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital, where I trained, holding up official documents explicitly designating who should make decisions for their care if they become critically ill. Then she’ll drive there and hope that her age won’t be considered when it comes to the care she gets. As the man’s breathing worsened, morphine was started. The thought is overwhelming, but I know, as a doctor, I want my patients to do the same. I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying that I approved of it. What? Patients are now triple-bunked into single-person spaces, curtains pushed aside. Though I am more than 7,000 miles away — reporting on a different disease outbreak — I am already worried about what I will face when I return home in two days to my job as an emergency-room doctor in the city. It feels impossible to explain to them what’s going on. ), “And it will,” he immediately replies. When I’m not in the hospital, I feel a phantom mask on my face. Never have I personally felt unsafe, like I didn’t have enough protection for myself. I never expressed it externally, rather, I took it out on myself in forms of self-harm. Politicians, epidemiologists, even doctors have been saying that people in their 20s and 30s who get sick already have medical problems or are obese, but then, right after I hear that, I need to put a young and fit patient on a ventilator. A Covid diary: This is what I saw as the pandemic engulfed our hospitals. Maybe thats a common thing in the medical world. Even in the best of circumstances, the E.R. in this pandemic, it’s actually worse than those overseas hospitals. I don’t think she’ll be able to talk, but she is actually able to express herself and tell me: “I don’t want a breathing tube. Two years ago, Sherry Pollex was feeling off: She was super bloated (“I looked like I … I had horrible mood swings. In most other situations, people who require breathing tubes in the E.R. I told everyone in my support system what happened and the response of love and support was overwhelming. I felt hurt when you said things during the trip, like it’s all in my head or that I shouldn’t be taking meds. A co-worker is collaborating with others to 3-D-print face shields. There isn’t a whole lot to complain about. “Messaging with you helps,” I text Brambillasca. doctor from Milan, he drove to the Lombardy city of Lodi the next day. What? When is it coming? Better to be lucky than to be good, I tell myself. Maybe, just maybe, vaccines had absolutely nothing to do with his autism; he never had a regression or anything, just developmental delays that, two more babies later, I … I get statistics from my hospital indicating that over 80 percent of the admitted patients from the previous day have tested positive for ­Covid-19. I … When I walk through the hospital doors, the E.R. My due date was just three days away. There is a bit of solace in that. is a place I no longer recognize. “We don’t have to think of the community implications of what we’re doing. I didn’t think much of it, but after a few days, I was like, Something’s wrong, so I … The one thing I can do — what I think will matter most, in the end — is just to be a person first, for these patients and their families. They are alone. What does a virus particle look like, anyway? She conferences in other family members. I want to hug her, but I can’t. Puddles of urine have pooled around the wheels of some patients’ stretchers. This is not an unusual phenomenon. At so many points I ask myself, Does it even matter anymore? It’s not something you are born with, but rather something you acquire. Before the pandemic, I would typically see a fair number of nonwhite patients. for an inpatient bed, was found blue and dead in a chair. doors, I will do everything I can to help them live. Should 93 be the cutoff to send someone home, or should I make it 94? Every day, Brambillasca feels inadequate. Sometimes I see the individual virus particles — round with red, protruding crown-shaped spikes, like the C.D.C.’s rendering — everywhere in the hospital, on beds and monitors and phones and computers. I have a hard time with normal, healthy attachments because of the borderline. All I wanted was to go home and have her leave me and never come back. It had been about one month into this crisis for her. Despite everything I know so far, I think he will do OK because he looks so well. I got praise for being strong, for handling things well, for not sinking to a lower level and arguing. But, lately I’ve tried to stand up, be proud of who I am and accept the fact that I am mentally ill. Doctor in New York. Such material is not meant to be taken seriously. Everything was supposed to be perfect at that point. Better to be lucky than to be good, I remind myself. 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