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A Piece of My Mind
February 9, 2021

Donning and Doffing

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  • 1Division of Hospital Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
JAMA. 2021;325(6):536. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.26468

If you are going to get diagnosed with cancer, better to do it during a pandemic. When your imaging-guided biopsy runs longer than expected, the nurses will show you the small windowless room down the hall from radiology where you can join your 11 am scheduled Zoom committee meeting, presenting slides from the neck up, with an ice pack and an ace bandage wrapped around your bruised chest. When they give you the call later that week, there’s no one around to see your expression change, to watch you numbly searching for answers on UpToDate while virtual meetings continue in the background.

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    1 Comment for this article
    Donning and Doffing
    Deatrice Greathouse, RN, MHSA | Law Firm
    Thank you for sharing your moving experience. As a nurse, I am going through the same thing and didn't want to share at all at first - probably denial. But as time went on I found that the need to share was much more about encouragement to my patients and friends that had either gone through it or were going through it too. I in turn was encouraged. Amazing what becomes really important during this time.
    Thank you!