Playing God? Montana Hospitals Are Busting At The Seams
First things first, have you thanked a health care worker today? Yesterday? The day before? Do it. It's a job not many dream about anymore.
Montana has become a hot spot for COVID-19. I know...I know, not another COVID-19 article. But this is heartbreaking, unfair, and to be frank with you, I didn't realize it was THIS BAD...again.
I recently read an article about hospitals, COVID-19, the doctors/nurses, and the patients. Billings hospital alone (the state's largest hospital) has had 14 deaths in the last week. When one person passes, another is strolled right in to take the place. A quick thorough sanitize and then on to the next patient. We all know this is happening, it's all over the news.
So what happens when the hospitals do run out of space, or equipment? What happens if a person comes in from an accident and they need the equipment to save their life, that another patient is using? Like most hospitals, every inch of it has been converted to adhere to the needs of COVID-19 patients and the same goes for life-saving materials. Well, I will tell you what is close to happening. These front-line workers basically will have to pick and choose who lives and who dies. Now I am not a doctor or a nurse, but I can tell you when I asked my friends that are in those positions, one said, "I took this job to save lives, not choose who will live and who will die. It's like playing God. I don't want to play God." Is the largest hospital in Montana to the point where they have to pick and choose who is most likely going to die, so you forfeit their equipment? No, but Dr. Scott Ellner, the hospital CEO stated, "...I would say we are very close." (Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
This is the reality of what is happening in our hospitals. Not just in Montana, but worldwide. I am not sure if there is an answer or a solution to get things to where they used to be. I pray for the front line workers that have had to witness more death in the last two years than they thought they would in 30 years as a doctor, or nurse, or any health care professional.