Many times over the past 8 mos, I've thought about how the wonderful members on these Mayo forums have made up an almost elite group in that we tend to be more conscious of and supportive of the measures recommended by our infectious disease experts as the pandemic has spread. Mayo Clinic, its staff and the wonderful supportive volunteer mentors of the Mayo Connect groups have proven a lifeline for many of us during this uncertain and frightening pandemic. Thanks to each of you and to the members in our forums for the time and efforts you've taken to keep us informed and encouraged.
Our state has been one of the worst in adhering to cautions from reputable public health experts and now my city, along with so many others throughout the U.S. are suffering the consequences of not only lack of available hospital beds but more importantly, lack of staff due to the horrific toll the virus has taken on those valiant warriors caring for the most ill.
This holiday, with my family safe and well out-of-state and more time to spend considering my "gratitudes", I'm sending notes of appreciation to each of my docs and their staffs for their "extra" efforts during this exceptionally difficult period in our history. It only takes a postage stamp and a few minutes to write a thank you to those who are daily putting themselves and their families at risk by caring for the rest of us.
I'm also thinking of our postal workers, vets, pharmacists and utility service workers who make sure we continue to receive the services we depend upon but rarely take an opportunity to thank. Maybe the approaching December holidays will provide an opportunity to thank them and others as well?