Having been a nurse myself for a number of years in hospital wards, clinics, and intensive care units, I understand how it feels to be have a family member be a healthcare worker. A holiday, such as Easter Sunday is today, is just another day for those in healthcare. If you are scheduled, if it is “your” turn, you have to work the holiday.
On inpatient hospital floors or in emergency rooms, care providers, A.K.A. – doctors, nurses, secretaries, and aides are all needed every day, even on holidays, like today. Holiday meals will be scheduled around their schedule, if possible. Some holiday meals, or the chance to worship with your family members, will be sacrificed entirely, to go to work for those who require their care.
For almost thirty years, this has been the case with our family. My husband is in healthcare. He works his shifts when scheduled to do so. Every day, despite whether it is a holiday or not, he arrives to care for those who need emergency care. He is not unlike the thousands, perhaps millions, of healthcare workers who work on secular or religious holidays. To his credit, he doesn’t complain. He just treats it as another day. Over the last three decades, our family has become used to it, to a certain extent. It is just what Dad has to do, it is “his turn”, today.
However, some traditions are hard to relinquish such as the somewhat fancy meal that will be cooked and served today – even though it is just me and two of our three boys. Or, thinking about the phrase, “He has risen” and the response, “He has risen, indeed” that is repeated in today in the church where I was raised and thousands of other such places. Some things, such as these, remain ingrained and carried out whether your family member is with you celebrating, or at work, doing the job they do everyday, to care for those in need.
A holiday is not a holiday for a healthcare worker. Today, I am asking you to remember those who relinquish time with their families for serve others in their roles as healthcare providers. Be thankful for them and for their sacrifice, today and everyday.