Ob/Gyn Dispatches During COVID-19: Anonymous

April 12, 2020

Each day during the COVID-19 crisis, we'll share an update from a member of our team in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Today's note is from the partner of one of our heathcare providers.

These times of quarantine have been an opportunity for reflection and a source of gratitude for me. 

I have always admired my wife’s sense of responsibility and tireless work for her patients, but in the time of the Coronavirus it has been challenging to see the level of stress it has caused for her and us. To be quite honest, I could not understand the level of worry, and the sacrifice of her own (and our) well-being for hours of work at the hospital and at home.

Now, I realize that what I truly love about her work ethic is what it shows about her. It is her quality as a human being. Without hesitation and without regard to the risk it posed to her own life, she has generously put her co-workers and patients ahead of her own life plans.

I have now a new level of respect and admiration for what she does on a daily basis. By taking care of women, she has extended the boundaries of her specialty, taking care of our entire community including men, women and children.

I am grateful for my wife, for the community of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and for the entire force of healthcare providers that bring hope and “love in the time of Coronavirus.”