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PAs Navigating COVID-19: Lindsay McCarley

Wednesday, April 8, 2020   (0 Comments)
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Lindsay McCarley, PA(ASCP)CM
AAPA member since 1995

"I just read Beth Felicelli's story about her experience with the COVID-19 pandemic.  Mine is very similar.  We, too, have the stay-at-home orders from the governor of South Carolina, but as we all know, a hospital does not close.  When I get to the hospital, I have to check in, get my temperature read, and answer the usual questions (any fever, have I had or been around anyone experiencing symptoms, etc.).  They give me a mask (love the idea Beth and her coworker have with the vacuum filters) and put a sticker on my badge, showing anyone who checks that I have been approved to come to work.

I have changed companies this year, but luckily I'm staying at the same hospital.  Our workload has decreased about 40%.  Some days, though, it does not seem so.  One day last week, I received three breast cases, two lungs, a Whipple, and a soft tissue tumor resection to include ribs.  I know for some of you that's a normal day, but down here in South Carolina, that is rare.  Of course, the other days are not as bad, so it evens out.

My family is still sane.  The children do their school work at home, and then entertain themselves (I'm sure some of you know Fortnite!).  My wife, son, and I walk the dog in the afternoon to try to find some normality to each day.  The stores are all out of toilet paper, paper towels, and napkins (we now order from Staples – who knew?).  I am sure you all (or y'all as we say in the South) are seeing the same.

I have lost two lab techs (awaiting results), and I'm hoping they are okay.  I also know families who have lost loved ones due to the virus (one of the factors of growing up in a small town).  I am hoping for the best for you all during this pandemic.  Thank you to Beth and all who share their stories at this time, for giving us a way to 'keep in touch' with other members.  Best of luck and stay safe!"

We want to hear from you!  During this time of isolation, now more than ever we need to see and hear from our PA community!  How is COVID-19 affecting your work?  What tips and tricks have you found useful?  How are you using this time to promote pathologists' assistants and prepare for PA DaySend us a summary describing your "new normal", along with one or two high-resolution photos, and your story may be featured next.  Or, if you have any COVID-19 resources to add to our list, please pass them along.  Remember, we are all in this together, and the AAPA will be here to support you throughout this crisis and beyond.

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