FEAR – Head On

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LORE—Registered nurse
Emergency department
Metropolitan Melbourne

The fear was constant.


When an X-ray revealed that the

elderly woman we had resuscitated

without wearing masks had COVID.


When my PPE breached.


When I saw the elderly die alone,

with no staff to spare to sit with them.


When I saw a giant stack of yellow

COVID hazard mortuary stickers

waiting to be applied to the body bags.


After every exposure, unvaccinated,
I spent two weeks waiting for symptoms.


Unable to sleep.


Waiting to die.