This is a post that started as an email to my list. It's from a series of reflections I wrote as coronavirus ramped up. If you enjoy it, perhaps subscribe here.
I'm going to be vulnerable walking onto a ward. I'll try my best and I think if I'm paying attention it'll all come back but it's going to be awkward and hard.
At the same time, I'm talking to a lot of registered staff who are working and not one of them knows what's to come or feels prepared.
All I can do is turn up with what I have. A willingness to help goes a long way.
If you're feeling this way too, please know I suspect it's the anticipation that will be the hardest bit. Once we're helping there will be too much to do to worry.
As Brené Brown says 'Don't shrink, don't puff up, stand your sacred ground'.
There's no ground more sacred than that of an NHS ward right now,