My role as podiatric surgeon in the Save the Extremity Program (STEP) at the Baylor College of Medicine, Baylor St. Luke’s Hospital, and Texas Children’s Hospital brings me to the hospital daily for surgery, rounds of post-operative patients, hospital consults, and E.R. new patient visits. Although I do not have responsibility for COVID-19 patients, my visits to the ICU, LTAC hospital visits, and taking care of high-risk patients can be a challenge. We are blessed with sufficient PPE, and I am honored that I am able to contribute to the health and well-being of my patients. Due to the pandemic hospital guidelines, patients’ family members are not permitted to visit their loved ones. Consequently, we, as health care providers, now serve as support systems for our patients emotionally, psychologically and socially. They look forward to our daily visits and interaction.
I also have great support from my colleagues, as well as the hospital and medical school staff. I could think of nothing more I would rather be doing than the work that I do, and being where I am.