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EDITORâ€™S NOTE: We have asked RVtravel.com readers to tell us how they are adapting to life these days. Here is Sherylâ€™s story:
I have been a nurse since 1975 and a travel nurse since 2005. We have been full-timing since then. I am a NICU nurse and a volunteer lobbyist on behalf of the March of Dimes and mothers and babies. I was a flight nurse for 20 years. When our helicopter crashed I got right back on the new copter and flew off into the Florida night to rescue a sick baby. For the past 15 years I basically worked to travel. COVID-19 will put an end to all that. In my isolation, I had a hard time getting fabric to make masks. I am cutting up my old scrubs and bleaching the fabric to make those masks. This is my retirement party. I am so happy to just fade out of nursing living right on the Pacific Ocean.
I have had my â€śheroâ€ť days and have really had two families for 45 years, my babies and the family I actually gave birth too. As a NICU nurse, I have been witness to thousands of births. I am a compassionate expert at supporting families as their child slips from this world. Unfortunately, I am not going to rise to this COVID-19 challenge. My family is thrilled I choose my health and them this time.
We MAY have flattened the curve here in San Francisco so, as a result, a large bay area hospital has announced they are going to lay off staff. So much for the business of health care, which believes it is okay to throw away â€śheroes.â€ť
When the virus first started to hit the city that I fell in love with, I felt intensely guilty because I was unable to help out. Now I look out over the replenishing waves and my soul is renewed. I sent my husband away in early March to â€śprotectâ€ť him from a COVID-me. My night in shining armor has loaded up the RV and is on his way back to me. I will leave a part of my heart in nursing and in San Francisco but life, love and travel are constants.
â€” Sheryl Zampino
Here is your assignment (should you choose to accept it): Write an essay no longer than 500 words on this subject: â€śHow I have adapted to a life in self-isolation.â€ť Tell us what you do with your time, how you keep active physically and/or mentally, how you communicate with friends and family and other ways you occupy your time. Have you taken up a new hobby? Started writing a novel? We canâ€™t pay for these articles right now, but you could earn a place on our staff if you impress us with your creativity.Â Submit your article here. Please include a photo of yourself or of something that helps illustrate your essay.Â Weâ€™ll post many, if not most of these every day in our RV Daily Tips Newsletter. If youâ€™re not subscribed,Â sign up here. Source: https://www.rvtravel.com/readerscoronavirus1330/