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I am a critical care nurse who has been on the front lines of the coronavirus battle since the beginning. I ask for prayers for critical care team members (doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, and other ancillary staff involved in direct patient care) across our region, our state, our nation, and our world as we continue to treat patients affected by the coronavirus. While the numbers indicate that this is a survivable virus, it FEELS like we are losing, especially for those of us treating patients in critical care areas. It is taking a toll on all of us physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. I have lost count of the number of patient deaths we have experienced in my facility, but one of our docs said that 12 out of 17 covid patients he cared for last month did not survive, and already, just slightly over halfway through Nov, he has already cared for more patients than he did during the entire month of October, and it will get worse before it gets better--healthcare workers across the country and globe are EXHAUSTED!!! Please pray for our resiliance and strength of spirit; for our physical, emotional, and mental endurance; for protection against the virus as we care for our patients--when we get sick, it puts further strain and stress on already understaffed patient care areas; for the community at large to be respectful of mandates and other's health; for our leaders to do the right thing and get the vaccines distributed when final approval is given and for the vaccine to be effective and work quickly; for the health and continued recovery of those who have defeated the virus, but who have residual health problems caused by the virus as it ravaged their bodies; and for all the families and friends who have experienced the devastating loss of loved ones to this virus--for their comfort, peace, and healing as they learn to live on without their loved ones at their side.

Thank you--your prayers will bless many in the coming weeks and months as we continue to fight for life on the front lines of the pandemic.

Received: November 18, 2020

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