Families of health care providers adjust to changes brought by COVID-19

by Nia Hoekstra/niahoek22@pceagles.org

Many PC students have parents who work in the medical field, fighting on the front lines of COVID-19.

Some healthcare providers, like senior Lizzy Posthuma’s dad, who is a doctor, have found that they are working fewer hours now than they have in the past. “My dad works less hours because all of his patients that did not have serious problems do not come in, and so he has a lot less patients to see,” she said. 

The process of caring for patients has also changed drastically. Sophomore Emily Sytsma’s mother works in the ER at Pella Regional. “There are two separate areas, one for patients with no symptoms of the virus, and a section for people with symptoms,” she said. 

Some nurses have even changed locations of work due to workload. Junior Greta Kelderman’s mother works in OB at Pella Regional. “She could be moved to the ER or to another place in the hospital if there are not as many patients in the OB, because of the amount of people that need to be cared for,” said Greta. 

Things have also been changing at home as cautionary measures have to be taken into consideration. Junior Carson Breon’s father works at Mahaska Health Partnership as the chief medical officer and surgeon. “He quarantined from us for a while and will do it again if there starts to be patients at the hospital,” said Carson. 

The family of medical professionals have been worried and anxious about the situation. Freshman Bridget Vande Zande’s grandfather, Galyn Vande Zande, works in family practice at Pella Regional. “We are all praying for him, and we worry about him. When I don’t get to see him for a while, it gets me a little worried, but when he stops by our house it makes me feel a little better,” she said.

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