A Doctor Can No Longer Embrace Her Child Due to Covid-19

The doctor, who is working on the frontline in Italy's worst-hit region of Lombardy, said "One of the things that are becoming more difficult to manage is that we medical mothers can no longer embrace our children. Many of us are starting to give in, now we need the psychologist." The story of Federica Pezzetti, 37, medical director of the Cremona Hospital, one of the Lombard nosocomial brought to the limit between interventions and capacity due to the coronavirus, is that of a mother, a doctor, but also a coordinator who must cross every hospital sector to ensure employee support.

Being a mother is too difficult but it is very the best thing that happens for every woman in the world. Their child is the extension of their life. Simply means that you want to be with your child. Federica Pezzetti a frontline in Italy shares her story for being a doctor as well as a mother."At home, I eat alone, sleep alone. I told my child the truth, but sometimes I give in and cry, without letting myself be seen. It is a moment, then I pick myself up again." - she said.

She would like to describe "the human side of those who work here, perhaps it could really convince people to take precautions, to stay at home". Knowing their sacrifices just to help others. As a mother, Pezzetti said  

"For more than two weeks, since it has become so difficult and relentless, I and other mothers and doctors or nurses from our hospital have had to take precautions at home. I tried to explain to my seven years old why telling the truth. When I come home I eat alone, I keep my distance from my husband, I sleep separately, I pay a lot of attention."

"It has happened that I finish at 03.30 in the morning, go home to sleep, and then return to the hospital at 08.00. I give my son a kiss in my thoughts. Some doctors have moved their family to their in-laws to avoid the risk of infection, there is a neurosurgeon who has not seen his children for three weeks. Everything has changed."- she added. 

Federica Pezzetti admits that she's crying when someone asks her about that. "Yes. But nobody sees. We cry alone, secretly, when we are a bit on edge, perhaps in a room. But it is a moment and then we pick ourselves up again: there is adrenaline, anger, tears. Sometimes we argue over small things, for gloves that have not arrived or masks that are not found, it doesn't take much to rattle your nerves. But it is also true that the entire hospital, I speak for Cremona, has brought out unprecedented solidarity: everyone does everything, we all help each other, hierarchical roles no longer exist."

Also, she said that there's a fear inside her for her family and herself. 
"Of course there is a fear of contagion. But there is fear above all for our families, for those close to us. The precautions are endless. We are strong, but there are also many frailties: when you are very tired and you see ambulances arriving continuously and you know that the beds are at the limit, you start to give up because you do not see the end."

Federica Pezzetti said that "We have asked that occupational psychologists are always present to help doctors and nurses. There is so much, so much need to talk, to let off steam. In an emergency, with shifts that often become 13-14 hours, between work and break some doctors remain inside even 34 hours, before taking a breath of air: logically, things can't go on like that for so long unless there is support. In general, terms, even if there is better coordination now between the various regional hospitals and it is starting to work, we need staff."

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