Colorado nurse Rachel Fiala, 25, volunteered to assist New Yorkers through the pandemic — despite the fact that it meant leaving her child, Michael. After 4 weeks in NYC, she is flying home Sunday to be reunited with her 8-month-old son for her first Mom’s Day.
I used to be a nurse in an oncology unit however after I had my son I made a decision to turn out to be a stay-at-home mother, whereas my husband, who’s a dentist, supported the household. However when the decision went out for nurses, I knew I ought to enroll. I’m younger, wholesome and have labored with high-risk sufferers. I additionally come from a navy household, so it felt prefer it was my obligation to go to work.
I volunteered one Friday in early April and, the following day, I used to be on a flight to New York. My project has been changing motels close to La Guardia Airport into medical facilities for each COVID and non-COVID sufferers.
I’m nonetheless breastfeeding my son, and I figured I may mail my milk home. I despatched one package deal, however then I used to be given day shifts and couldn’t get to the publish workplace. I’ve been storing the remainder in the employees freezer at my resort. By the point I go away, I ought to have no less than 400 ounces to take home.
Each time I’ve a free second, I FaceTime my son, sing him lullabies and watch him play. The opposite day, he mentioned “mother” for the primary time. I can’t wait to snuggle him. I tear up simply excited about it.
This expertise has been so rewarding, however I’ve solely had in the future off and I’m exhausted. Going home Sunday is the very best Mom’s Day current.
— As informed to Kirsten Fleming
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