Diana walks slowly towards her meeting with destiny. He is 38 years old, is general practitioner and has been on the front lines for nine months curing patients with Covid-19 in the Clinic 30 of the Mexican Institute of Social Security, which was declared a hybrid to attend emergencies already infected by the pandemic.
This Monday, she became one of the first Mexican women to receive the Covid-19 vaccine and went to the facilities of the Naval Military School where the module was installed Navy vaccination in Tepetlapa, in the south of the Mexico City, to apply the dose.
Diana Herlinda Sánchez has already lost count of the number of patients she has had to treat in the nine months of the pandemic, but she does the count and says that she had never seen anything like it in her entire career, and describes that in turn she has to see between 10 and 12 patients, for five days a week and in almost 10 months. “It has been a tremendous amount of people,” he says.
Although every day in her work as a doctor she takes all the protection measures, Covid caught up with her and was infected in May, almost at the beginning of the pandemic. Fortunately, he did not develop pneumonia, and describes the disease as a very bad flu. He lost his smell and taste, and was short of breath, but after 15 days, although he felt fear, he returned to work.
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“The worst thing that I have had to see is that several members of the same family die in the same shift and among themselves they see how they die, that is very painful. And another when the farewells come in and come, which may take three or four minutes, that they have to decide what they never had the courage to say before. For example, that they forgive themselves for such situations or that perhaps the family member knows that they will no longer see their patient and still have to say goodbye, and they say goodbye crying, that is not easy, that is not we saw before ”, describes Diana.
Dr. Diana Herlinda Sánchez went to the facilities of the Naval Military School to receive the dose.
Seconds after the vaccine, a bottle of just a few centimeters, Diana Herlinda, does not show joy on her face, rather she describes that she feels nervous and not precisely because she doubts the effectiveness of the dose, but because of some reaction that this drug may have.
“More than getting excited, I got nervous. It is not that I doubt the effectiveness of the vaccine, but because this disease is not fully known and since it is a new vaccine, because it was developed in such a short time, we do not fully know what reactions are already present when it is massively vaccinating ”, he describes.
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She is sincere and remembers the moments of work in her clinic, and describes that it is already a very stressful situation for everyone, especially due to the number of patients they must see.
I’ve been to the front line of battle since the pandemic started. I don’t know how many patients I have seen. The truth is that it is already a very stressful situation for everyone. More than seeing patients in numbers, we have seen situations that we have never faced before and that is what stresses us. Seeing that people die consciously in asphyxia is something very painful, it is not easy to see so many people die in this way, it is difficult ”, he says.
He sadly recalls that many of his colleagues in the hospital have already been infected and, despite all the deaths he has seen, he continues to feel pain with each one of them:
“I have never seen anything like it. The fact that you are a doctor does not mean that you desensitize yourself to the situation; In fact, if it weren’t for that, I would do law or accounting, I don’t know. It is always the motivation for the suffering of others. But the truth is that this disease it does have characteristics that we could not see in other diseases ”.