Most of us have fond memories of our mothers and grandmothers – special milestones, times when they really helped us get through difficulties, and how they taught us how to be good people. Today, as we stay at home, wear masks and practice social distancing, mothers must take on a whole array of roles: parent, teacher, coach, playmate, consoler, organizer, short order cook and more. Their love, creativity, and tenacity shine through, keeping families going and positive during these difficult times.
Many mothers are also frontline workers in the battle against COVID-19. At Cook County Health, they are nurses, physicians, respiratory therapists, dietitians, social workers, nursing assistants, kitchen staff, janitors, and security staff who on a daily basis put themselves at risk in order to care for Cook County residents who urgently need their help. They work long hours. They deal with death and recovery. They keep the facilities clean and secure. They feed the patients in their care. Our frontline workers do this because they have a passion for caring for those in need.
All too frequently one of the costs of their commitment to their roles at Cook County Health is being away from their families. Many stay in hotels in order avoid spreading the virus to their families. They communicate by FaceTime, and they try to keep their families and their lives in balance. That’s a tall order and one that is stressful and anxiety producing. They miss birthday’s, homework, playtime and more. Yet they carry on.
We all owe a great debt of gratitude to these mothers for their courage, resilience and commitment, as they wage war on COVID-19 at Cook County Health. Mother’s Day is just one day to recognize these special people. They need our support every day. Donate to the Coronavirus Fund.