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Letter from a nurse's aide

Today #WorldHealthDay we would like to share this beautiful text from our colleague Yosune Alvarez, nursing assistant at Bermingham Residential. In homage to all the professionals of the social-health field, and especially to her colleagues, who understand that healing and caring go hand in hand. We hope you like it.

"I love my job. I love being able to wake up in the morning and know that I'm going to see the older people I accompany in their day-to-day lives. The satisfaction of being able to take care of them. The privilege of knowing that with me and my great colleagues they will be a little happier, more protected.

We health workers don't work miracles, but if we can make them feel better and get them through this quarantine, we try to pamper them and get the best out of them. I believe that giving a little happiness to these people with faces furrowed with beautiful wrinkles is not only a privilege or a luxury, but also a moral duty. Let us take care of them as they have taken care of us.

When I set out to be a nurse's aide, I had my doubts as to whether my vocation was one of them. I had doubts as to whether it would work or not. However, when I started to work as a health care worker my fears disappeared. Today I can say that despite the harshness of the current situation because of the happy Covid 19, and despite the fact that sometimes you suffer when you see one of the people you accompany sadly or without visits from their relatives, I can say that it is the most beautiful profession in the world.

I have been working all my life and this is the profession. The one that really fills my heart and soul. And on top of all that I have some colleagues who are working hard day after day to make happy those people who may seem fragile and vulnerable, but who also have strengths that you just have to know how to look for.

Olee... for all of them, my great companions. They certainly deserve it all."

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