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(A 2020 Covid-19 Pandemic Memoir)
Nurses spent a year battling a largely unknown assailant. Running low on gear. Fearing we might bring something deadly home. Getting coughed on by people who pretended that our fights were imaginary, that our struggles—watching people die, day after day, no matter what we did—were literally fake. Nurses are scarred. And unless people understand what we went through and commit to never let anyone lie in the future about public health, we will never become whole. Year of the Nurse: A Covid-19 Pandemic Memoir is Cassandra Alexander's is used to come to terms with life, death and PTSD after being a covid nurse in an ICU in 2020. My husband is an Emergency Room Registered Nurse traveler. He was on the front lines from the beginning. So this was a hard read for me. Before I finished reading it I was diagnosed covid positive for pneumonia in both my lungs even though I was vaccinated and were my mask.