Nurses have been the unsung heroes of the health care world for a long time. COVID-19 has only further complicated their demanding and important jobs. Once a year, the country dedicates a day to honor the nurses that keep patients alive and safe.
It’s #NationalNursesDay and the tribute and love are flowing on social media.
Millions of nurses are staffing hospitals across the country fighting on the front lines of the U.S. COVID-19 outbreak. The U.S. is fighting the largest and deadliest outbreak in the world with more than 1 million Americans testing positive for the virus. More than 72,000 people in the U.S. have died from COVID-19.
Women are by and large the majority of nurses.
Women are at the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic response. Ninety-one percent of nurses are women, as well as 74 percent of health care workers and 62 percent of pharmaceutical professionals. The nurses handle a lot of the day-to-day operations of caring for sick and dying patients. Like many of the health care workers, nurses are putting themselves at risk of contracting the virus every day they report for work.
A nurse’s job entails the most intimate day-to-day care of patients putting them at a greater risk of contracting the virus.
Health care workers are willingly putting themselves at the repeated risk of contracting COVID-19. The health care workers at the front lines are keeping our loved ones safe and healthy as they get the virus under control.
Some nurses have had to take another role during this time as counter-protesters against people protesting against the stay-at-home orders.
A small number of residents in states across the U.S. have gathered against COVID guidelines to protest what they see as a loss of their freedoms. People are angered that they are being told to stay home as nonessential stores and hair salons remain closed. People on socials media have praised the nurses standing guard to better protect the rest of the population as people disregard stay-at-home orders to protest.
Nurses are holding the line to save as many lives as possible during this pandemic.
They work around the clock to make sure that people who are being hospitalized with COVID-19 have a fighting chance of surviving the pandemic. Thank you to all of the nurses doing the work necessary to get our society back online day in and day out.
Take the time today to thank all the nurses in your life.
During the week, Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) flew to the United States – in coach, we might add – to meet with Donald Trump.
From the very beginning, many Mexicans were outraged at the thought of their elected president flying to meet with a man who has repeatedly demonized their country and people – we don’t have to look too far back to when Trump denigrated Mexican migrants and threatened its southern ally with crippling tariffs.
With this visit, many feared that AMLO would continue acting as Trump’s lapdog as he has in so many other instances – from border security to migration enforcer – and it appears that many of their fears unfortunately came true.
Mexico’s AMLO flew to meet Trump in his first trip outside of Mexico since becoming president.
Trump welcomed Mexico’s AMLO calling him a cherished partner and claiming that the two countries’ economic and security ties were reaching new heights. Sorry, but what world is this?! These warm words were a stark contrast to the days when he called Mexicans “rapists” and railed against migrants entering the US illegally.
But AMLO returned the favor, saying that it was good to find common ground and avoid throwing insults.
“As in the best times of our political relations, during my term as president of Mexico, instead of insults towards me and more importantly against my country, we have received from you understanding and respect,” AMLO said.
The official reason for the AMLO-Trump summit was to celebrate the signing of the recently renegotiated US-Mexico-Canada Free Trade Agreement (USMCA), which was formerly known as NAFTA. The agreement officially went into effect on July 1, 2020. However, the two also discussed how to jointly combat the Coronavirus pandemic, which has raged across both countries as other parts of the world get it under control.
AMLO actually thanked Trump for being “so kind” to Mexico – this just sent Mexican Twitter into overdrive.
After the meeting on Wednesday, President AMLO lauded Donald Trump in Spanish for showing “respect” to Mexico and “not treating us like a colony”.
And in one of the first videos to begin making its round, was this quintessential Trump moment – where he shows such little respect for the Mexican President.
Reactions to the trip reflected Mexico’s own political polarization. A pre-trip poll published by the newspaper El Financiero showed 59% support for travelling to Washington, though 85% of Mexicans disapproved of Trump.
AMLO remains relatively popular – despite polls showing worries over his handling of issues like crime, the economy and the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mexican Twitter didn’t disappoint with the memes – memorializing AMLO’s trip forever.
AMLO is known as being an austere man and he’s tried repeatedly to sell the Mexican presidential aircraft. So, just as he does when traveling across Mexico, AMLO flew commercial to Washington – amid a global pandemic no less. This was too good an opportunity for Twitter to pass up.
Many had been anticipating the memes for weeks.
Some pointed out they were just as excited for the memes as President AMLO probably was to be in Washington, taking in the sights and visiting the White House. But it’s worth pointing out, that AMLO has been to D.C. in the past – just not as his country’s president.
Many were concerned about AMLO’s visa application to make it into the U.S.
Given the Trump Administration’s inhumane and harsh immigration policies, some Mexicans wondered if their president would even be allowed to visit Trump. The Trump Administration has basically eliminated or severely limited every legal route to migration that there is.
Some saw something in AMLO’s eyes that they wanted for their own partner…
Some thought that AMLO may have been looking a little too enamored with a man who has repeatedly demonized his country and fellow paisanos. But in that look, they also saw something they wanted in their potential partners: “Hermanos, stay with someone who looks at you like AMLO looks at Trump.”
Some thought that once again AMLO was being far too subservient to Trump.
Some doctored up images of past visits to the White House to really drive home the point that AMLO has been doing much of Trump’s dirty work in Mexico. From deploying armed soldiers to enforce U.S. immigration law at the country’s border with Guatemala to placing refugees and migrants in detention centers, AMLO has been a key part of Trump’s plan to halt immigration.
Others shared images of the gifts that AMLO brought Trump.
Now, there is absolutely nothing wrong with these t-shirts – I have several. I mean we all have that tía who goes on vacation and brings them back to us, right?
Given the stark differences between the two leaders, this meme is a bit far-fetched.
AMLO is a far-left ‘man of the people’ and Donald Trump is a far-right ‘man of the people,’ or at least that’s how they view themselves in their minds. Both leaders follow populist agendas but do so from very different points of view.
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Recently, a post on social media sparked a conversation among Latinas online about the way women of color are treated by health care workers in the United States. A post by a user by the name of @krystinaArielle prompted comments that are truly so eyeopening.
“I keep telling you. It’s not just the police. Doctors treat us horribly and act as if we’re faking. After my c-section they sent me home with no pain medicine. Let me repeat: they cut open my stomach, ripped out a child, and sent me home with nothing,” a user by the name of Kristina Arielle wrote. ” I had to beg one of my nurses for pain medicine as she saw me in pain. My chart even had the time I was supposed to get it. She treated me as if I was a liar. It was a day after surgery and I was just getting feeling back in my legs. I felt everything. When I went back to have my scar inspected my PA looked shocked that it looked good. I go to the post-interview and the assistant goes “they were shocked your scar was so smooth. He usually does an awful staple job on brown women. Its probably because your husband is white.”
When we posted Arielle’s account on Instagram, users were quick to reply with their own experiences.
Some women say such treatment inspired them to get involved in medicine.
“Another reason I got into the medical field, I want to be able to help out by being a female Latina medical provider so that my patients can feel comfortable and safe along with being able to explain things in Spanish.”- ore_yana
Others said they’ve been prompted to avoid any providers who are not women of color.
“All of my medical providers are women of color. I am done with the white male medical patriarchy.” –bella_cin
One woman said that she almost did not survive giving birth.
“This happened to me, dilated at 10pm, gave birth at 3.59 am… left pushing for 6hours. Thank the universe that my daughter was born. Either one of us could have ‘not survived’ the birth.” – auletta.chiquita
Another shared how uncaring her providers were.
“They gave me tylenol to take at home after my c-section.” – _tweedle.deee
A doctor didn’t believe her when she said she didn’t have enough of her epidural.
“An old coworker of mine told me about her 2nd daughters birth. She told drs that the epidural didn’t work and she could feel everything. They didn’t believe her and had no choice but to continue through the labor. She felt everything and she even tore in the process. Against she told them she was in a lot of pain. Drs again didn’t believe her until she told them how many stitches she felt so far as they closed her wound. it wasn’t until then that she said the doctors went “oh shit” and gave her medication. Smh it’s a fucking shame and disgrace that it’s still happening.” – noturmamaciiita
One woman says her doctors during her birth were dismissive of her pain.
“This is true, when my mom had my sister, they put in the epidural wrong and it gave her a really bad headache ON TOP OF having a C-section and the doctors dismissed her pain.” – natalia.oregon
She lost her cousin to the doctors’ lack of care.
“My cousin had diabetes and got an infection after her C-section and died days later 😔 she should have been under medical care for much longer.” – tinnaafaceee
She had nonchalant treatment when she lost a baby.
“I lost a baby in February and I feel that more could be been done. I was just pretty much told I’m in labor and we just had to let it be. It was the most traumatizing moment in my life. I’m pregnant again and so scared to have the same nonchalant treatment I did before.” –maricela.diaz84
And this woman says she was left for dead by her doctors.
“I wish more people knew about this, I nearly died at birth because my doctor left me for dead after I was born with my umbilical cord wrapped around my neck. My papa had to literally save me. Like seriously?! & my mom was bleeding out, the doctor declared me dead at birth and peaced out. It was just me, my mom & dad struggling to survive.” –curlsofroses
This horrifying moment had a woman experience the pain of her c-section.
“I felt the cut from my c-section and screamed even after I kept telling them I could still feel pain while they were prepping me. When my grito was out people ran all over and I was out under (higher risk) because they did not listen.” – jo_trains
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