February 12, 2021

Still trying to get over COVID but it isn’t easy. I have heard that symptoms can linger for weeks and believe you me they are right. There are still times when I have to catch my breath and I still have a dry cough. I have started…


February 2, 2021

You are COVID positive! Those are four words I kept praying to god that I would never hear. You don’t want to hear that you have this horrible virus because you immediately feel helpless. At this moment I am so sick that it’s hard to barely keep…


January 3, 2021

It’s a brand new year and already it seems to be off to a rough start. Covid-19 vaccines are being distributed not only to hospitals and healthcare facilities but also nursing homes. However, with the promise of protection from the virus comes risks. There have been reports…


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December 21, 2020

I had a long week ahead of me at the hospital and it certainly caught up to me. It’s hard to get into the holiday spirit when so many people are sick and dying. My job has worn on me mentally and it has gotten to the…


We are the ones that often go ignored by doctors, nurses and medical assistants. The ones who face the nastiness of patients and visitors who don’t want to be screened. We are shouted at, yelled at and made to feel like we are worthless. We are told that the virus…


November 1, 2020

A few days ago my son developed a sore throat but I convinced myself that maybe it was just allergies. As the weekend wore on he became more miserable with cold like symptoms until today he was running a low grade fever. That was when I began…


November 23, 2020

I write this as the hospital once again hits code medical. This nightmare is spiraling out of control. Last week I sat at my desk with my goggles and N95 on because I knew what awaited me the moment those main entrance doors opened. Case after case…


October 19, 2020

From the beginning of my shift things were rough. I usually have to begin my shift as the only screener for three hours before my co-worker arrives. When you are placed in the main entrance of the hospital one of you works 6 a.m. to 6 p.m…


Tired and weary I wipe the tears from my eyes before walking through my front door. I can’t let my son see that I have been crying. Why the tears? Perhaps it’s because I feel helpless. Perhaps it’s because I am terrified of an enemy that appears to be winning…


Across the crowded hospital lounge our eyes met. For me it was an instant spark that left my heart fluttering in my chest. I had never felt that way before and I have met a lot of guys working at the hospital. As an entry screener I am the first…

Destiny Pifer

Destiny Pifer is a published author who is currently a contributor for Pandemic Diaries. Her work has also appeared in various anthologies.

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