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What Will We Tell Our Grandchildren

In years to come as we talk to our grandchildren, I hope that we all can say, I remember when SARS arrived, the worry, the concern that troubled day. A fellow Infection Control Practitioner confided that “I feel so all alone, We’re dealing with a disease, how it is spread, is really unknown.” While listening to a teleconference, I ached as I heard a physician weep, Describing the loss of a friend, the rising cases, the worry, no sleep. We prepared for a Pandemic; we thought it would be the Flu, But it was an emerging virus,never before seen, entirely new. We looked to our close knit network, ICPs and physicians alike, All working madly in an effort to win this unprecedented fight. Even while those amongst us, some quarantined and one down, Continued to search out answers, sometimes not easily found. Never before in our experience have we been dealt with such a threat, This is no “mock scenario” and there are no standards that can be met. The staff say to me “We look to you as a weathervane to gauge our fear, If you look in control, we become settled and appreciate you are near. You come to the unit, walking calmly with clipboard and papers in arm, We congregate around you to calm our fears and reduce the alarm. Answering our questions honestly and listening to our concern, You decipher the directives so we call can begin to learn, To protect ourselves from harm we have to always comply, But wearing the apparel is so uncomfortable, we cannot lie. The goggles fog up; the masks are hot and really hurt our skin, Our nose is red, our hands are dry but not complying is no longer just a sin, A moment of fatigue, a minute of stress and too much hurry, Could lead to infection, even death...such pressure, such worry.” So we must all lean on each other and discuss what we will say, Because remember, they are looking to us to direct and lead the way. Methodically and carefully we will manage this disease, We don’t have all the answers yet, but I believe we hold the keys. So day after day, we will review what we instruct others to do, Revising and reviewing directives, so improvements will ensue. SARS has changed the face of medicine and how we care for the ill, But if any group can do it, I know the Infection Control people will. So we must stand together, support and help each other through, So we can say to our grandchildren, it was a disease that we once knew. This is my favourite poem, written during Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome outbreak in Canada.

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  1. Date: 9/28/2011 8:31:00 AM
    Dear lee, ( again ) * here is another contest I did not congratulate..., stopping by AGAIN to give warm congratulations on my old contest. Sorry, I forgot to leave you a thank you *comment* of appreciation~ I hope you don't mind my copy paste congratulations.. Don't worry I have read this many times. lol. or how else would have I closed it with out reading. Can you accept my apology and old congrats on your poem. .p.d. the late bloomer

  1. Date: 9/27/2011 4:28:00 PM
    This is such a moving piece with so much truth in it. The thing is every day we are finding new viruses and germs that are immune to what we have used against them before. Then there is the enemy who is trying to find new germs to send over here to infect the west. We really need people like SARS to help us fight the ongoing battle. Good stuff here. God Bless, JB

    Ramage Avatar Lee Ramage
    Date: 9/27/2011 6:05:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Judy for your kind comments. Lee
  1. Date: 9/27/2011 3:42:00 PM
    Great poem. very well written. Keep working hard

    Ramage Avatar Lee Ramage
    Date: 9/27/2011 6:08:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks so much. Lee
  1. Date: 9/26/2011 11:48:00 PM
    Glad to finally read this one, Lee.Hey, long time no see!! How are you? You are a nurse, right? When was this outbreak in Canada? Have you seen the new movie Contagion. I have heard both good and bad about it. I think it is kind of like what you describe here. (oh,and It appears congratulations are in order!) Luv,andrea

    Ramage Avatar Lee Ramage
    Date: 9/26/2011 11:54:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Andrea. SARS outbreak occurred in April 2003. I haven't seen movie, been off site too sick to enter poems right now. Love Lee
  1. Date: 9/21/2011 3:02:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win in the contest of P.D. "Your (OWN) Favorite Poem" Lee. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 9/21/2011 2:23:00 AM
    This is so exceptional write!Congratulations on your great win,Lee!

  1. Date: 9/20/2011 6:46:00 PM
    Congrats Lee on a first place win with this awesome poetry luv...

    Ramage Avatar Lee Ramage
    Date: 9/20/2011 7:11:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Linda-Marie. Lee
  1. Date: 9/20/2011 5:20:00 PM
    You bring us right into the thick of it with you, no profession is braver then healthcare workers! Congrad's light & love

    Ramage Avatar Lee Ramage
    Date: 9/20/2011 7:12:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Debbie, it was the first time in my career in Infectious Disease where i was actually scared. Glad it was controlled and we now can manage SARS. lee
  1. Date: 9/20/2011 4:21:00 PM
    This really is a powerful piece, Lee. I can see why it's your favourite. Many congrats on all your wins

    Ramage Avatar Lee Ramage
    Date: 9/20/2011 7:13:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Jack. It was a very scary time for us. Lee
  1. Date: 9/20/2011 12:30:00 PM
    Well written my friend. Congratulations on your win

    Ramage Avatar Lee Ramage
    Date: 9/20/2011 7:14:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Bob. Lee
  1. Date: 9/19/2011 9:33:00 PM
    Thanks, Lee, for your sweet comments..guess u r from the medical field..the disease scenario is distressing with new diseases showing up..good luck

  1. Date: 9/19/2011 3:19:00 AM
    praises for such powerful, compelling piece, lee... i feel with you on this one, wow.. SARS still inflict many..:) huggs, nette

    Ramage Avatar Lee Ramage
    Date: 9/19/2011 4:43:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Nette, it is my favourite poem as it was written in @ the greatest time in our medical career, dealing with a new illness. Thanks Lee
  1. Date: 9/19/2011 12:08:00 AM
    AS I WAS UNABLE TO POST THE FULL POEM DETAILS WITH THE POEM; Written by Lee Ramage April 23, 2003. This poem was written and dedicated to all the Healthcare professionals who were involved in the management and containment of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). It was published in the Canadian Journal of Infection Control Summer 2003 and was read in the opening ceremonies of the Community and Hospital Infection Control Association of Canada (CHICA-Canada).

    Ramage Avatar Lee Ramage
    Date: 9/19/2011 12:17:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    It is my favourite poem.