February 9, 2020.
I volunteered as one of the ten nurses from Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region to join the emergency support team and go to Wuhan to take on the task of transporting severely ill COVID-19 patients.
February 10th, 2020. Arrived in Wuhan.
We formed a small emergency team with a driver from Shanghai at the Wuhan Emergency Centre. After a series of intensive professional training, we were ready to be on the road.
February 14, 2020. Day 4.
The weather has been gloomy lately, but I have become more accustomed to the task of transporting patients. We could only see closed shops and empty streets through our ambulance window. Only our emergency teams kept going back and forth on the streets of Wuhan. Like the previous two days, I was sweaty after getting out of the ambulance, everything underneath my protective clothing is soaked. I suffer mild chest tightness, wheezing and dizziness from wearing layers of protective masks, and can only take a rest while waiting for the patient in the parking lot to relieve my discomfort.
There was an old lady on our second trip who was very weak and scared when she got into the ambulance. I tried to comfort her however she was in too much stress to respond. When I was about to close the door, she grabbed my hand and said don’t leave her alone in a weak voice. I replied with I’m here, I won’t leave you. I held her hands for the entire journey, although she still wouldn’t respond much, I can feel that she was not scared anymore. When we arrived at the Huoshenshan Makeshift Hospital, the old lady refused to let go of my hand, so I held her hands and accompanied her into the ward. I am so grateful and proud of what I do.
That evening, I shared my thoughts and experiences from today with my team on social media:
“Departing at 13:00 and coming back at 22:20, the weather is 5°C and extremely cold. Put on some Heat Pad on your stomach and waist when you leave the car in this kind of weather, they are a lifesaver, especially for women.”
“Tie a yellow trash bag outside the shoe cover when it rains, it will make your shoes more durable and waterproof.”
“Long working hours in the car will cause motion sickness, try slowly lower your head, close your eyes and take a deep breath, stand for a while will also help.”
“After turning on the sterilization lamp in the car on the way back, remember to close your eyes. Disinfect your protective clothing and inside of the car.”
Before going to bed, I called my mum and told her that the flowers in Wuhan are now blooming. Listening to my mother telling me to be safe in Mongolian, I felt loved and have more strength than ever before.
March 9, 2020.
A full month has passed since I left my home, and I have safely transferred 339 patients. I am still on the road, doing my part to the fullest.