LANSING, Mishri – On the critical care floor of Sparrow Hospital, a patient named William was about to get a birthday surprise.
With the cupcakes in hand, one nurse turned to the others.
“Are you ready?” He asked.
“Let’s do it,” the other answered.
In full protective equipment, they began to push heavy doors to pass.
On the other hand, William, who did not want his last name or age for privacy reasons, was celebrating his birthday on Wednesday. He remained in critical care with Kovid-19 for 31 days and was placed on a ventilator, but recently became the first patient in 2 1/2 months to have the device unloaded.
In Michigan, Kovid-19 cases are on Wednesday, with 324,779 confirmed cases and 8,761 deaths.
Sparrow Hospital is feeling the pressure. As of Wednesday, the medical staff had confirmed positive patients at his Lansing hospital. Sixteen were in critical care, and seven were on ventilators.
But Wednesday for the celebration. As nurses cupcake and push the door, in a room with negative pressure, that prevents air from seeping into other areas of the hospital. He started singing: “Happy birthday to you. happy Birthday to You. Happy birthday dear … happy birthday to you. “
Carers came together in the Critical Care Unit. Five of them were standing inside the room. Others stood in the hallway, peeping through the glass window and singing through a speaker.
“Buenos dias!” One said.
“happy Birthday!” Said another. “We’ve got a cupcake for you here.”
Carers around the country, and others like them, dedicate their lives to medical care, but they also often step in as temporary families, and during epidemics, they also have to do it more than usual.
Leslie Rush, nursing supervisor at Sparrow Hospital, said the birthday celebration was a milestone.
“It’s a step in the right direction, because we see a lot of them that don’t make it,” she said.
The patients “become part of our lives,” he continued, “so the fact that it’s his birthday, and he’s here, we’re celebrating. We’re his extended family because they can’t be here.”
Over the holidays, Rush and other caring nurses will spend time with their families to care for patients.
As much as they remember their children and other loved ones, they say they will not do it any other way.
“You know people see it as a holiday,” said environmental services technician Ashley Richmond. We are more than just caretakers. We become their friends. “
With that, the birthday cupcake became a small symbol of love and compassion and perhaps a glimpse of an Asha tailor for the holidays – that things could get better.