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Local Nurse URGES You to #StayHome

Please #StayHome! Unfortunately, not everyone gets to shelter in the protection of their home…

Milli, is a nurse at our Lauren Small Children’s Center at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital, and so is her husband. They are making a HUGE sacrifice to protect their son while they remain on the front lines READY to save you or your family should you become ill.

Please read her thoughts and consider her and the countless others who are making sacrifices like this, so that we can have access to life-saving care!

“As nurses and after much prayer, my husband and I had to make a very difficult decision to isolate our little one by sending him to live with my parents in order to protect him. Given his history, he is prone to respiratory illnesses, and we want to be vigilant in ensuring his health is our priority.

As much as we want to protect him, we are pained by the sacrifice of being away from our son for an unknown amount of time, not being able to hold him, missing out on quality time with him, and even the possibility of missing the celebration of his second birthday with him. It brings me to tears every time I think about it, and I can’t help but wonder, “Are we making the right choice? Will he think we gave him up and could this harm him emotionally or psychologically down the line?” You always want to do what’s right for your child but you never know if your decisions are truly what’s best for them. Only time will tell.

Between my husband and I, the patient population we care for ranges from birth to 100+, and, unfortunately, everyone is at risk of contracting this virus. With that said, we understand how difficult and boring it must be to be stuck at home, but please stay there. We are sacrificing our families and took an oath to care for your significant others, your family, your friends, and all of your loved ones. Please do your part by staying home.

Stay home for the women who have to possibly deliver their babies alone.

Stay home for the graduates who won’t get to walk across the stage at their commencement ceremony in honor of their hard work and dedication to their education.

Stay home for the elderly and immunocompromised, who are frightened to step foot in a store but are in dire need of essential items.

Stay home for every local business who is suffering from being forced to close its doors.

Stay home for every grocery and retail store employee who incessantly restock the shelves during this time of panic and chaos.

Stay home for every truck driver and delivery driver who drive long distances and are taking extra precautions to ensure hospitals, stores, and the public receive their necessities.

Stay home for every first responder, service man/woman, national guard, nurse, doctor, and medical professional who cannot hold their children and are out on the front lines battling this pandemic every day.

Most importantly, stay home for your own family. No one can replace them. Hold them tight because some of us don’t get to. Cherish every moment with them and create new memories. Bond with your children and learn something you didn’t know about them.

Allow us to treat the patients who have this virus, and let’s put this all behind us. Please don’t let these sacrifices be for nothing. ❤️