I'm a Physician's Wife, and the Most Important Thing You Can Do to Support Doctors Is Listen

'Together we can ease the burden on healthcare workers and overcome COVID-19, but it will take all of us.'

4/10/2020 3:24:00 AM

'Together we can ease the burden on healthcare workers and overcome COVID-19, but it will take all of us.'

My husband is an ob-gyn at one of the largest hospitals in Detroit, which has seen a surge in cases of COVID-19. For now, he continues to see patients on the

and the patients who truly need care.Because I'm married to a doctor, I know more about hospital policies and what's happening on the front lines than most. I know that healthcare professionals are even more exhausted than usual from treating an inordinate number of patients. I know that at times doctors and nurses haven't been able to access the personal protective equipment they need. And I also know that many patients — and those who aren't sick, for that matter — ignore the recommendations of doctors. In this case, those recommendations could help

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.Related:These Are the Dos and Don'ts of Social Distancing That Can Help Manage the COVID-19 PandemicTogether we can ease the burden on healthcare workers and overcome COVID-19, but it will take all of us.Every medical doctor has taken an oath to care for patients to the best of their abilities. The doctors I know would never break that oath. When my husband graduated from medical school, I watched as seasoned physicians and anxious interns alike recited the oath with their whole heart, with tears in their eyes, and with every intention of living up to it. Now, as doctors turn that promise into action, they'll push through the exhaustion in order to help the growing number of patients who fill their ERs. They'll work without a mask if needed, and in turn, sacrifice holding their babies at night. And they'll continue to care for those patients who come back worse than when they left, no matter the circumstances that led them there.

The Hippocratic Oath says,"I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow." I see this pledge in the eyes of masked physicians across the world, as they study what others have learned about this virus and then treat patients without hesitation, no matter how mentally or physically draining it may be.

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