I am A Local Community Hero!
and…… A MOM!
I get asked all the time “How do you do it all?
I’m a night shift nurse working directly with Covid-19 patients since the pandemic impacts our community. Most importantly, I am also a mommy of three beautiful children, ages two, three, and six. I’m a wife, a daughter, a friend.
I am Tsubi.
I am not going to lie – I don’t know how I keep up with all that goes around me as I still try to adjust and balance my day-to-day activity. If I’m not at work, I am sleeping for a few hours after a shift to “recover” so I can play with my kids. If I’m not playing with my kids, I am cooking, cleaning, taking my son to his martial arts class, trying to find fun ways to entertain my kid, and let’s not forget that I need to share my time with my husband. He works the night shift, too, so we appreciate the days off we do have together.
Most importantly, let’s not forget about me – I need “me” time, too! I enjoy just lying down in my bed and ask my kids to put Salonpas (it’s like an icy/hot patch) on my back or neck and ask for a back rub – the same way they ask me. They love it when I ask them to do something for me because it makes them feel special. I also enjoy eating a good meal or having a nice drink. I have learned that no matter how caring I may be to my patients and my loved ones, I need to care for myself too.
This pandemic has seriously worn me out, but I’ve learned to appreciate life a bit more than I already did. There’s a quote that I’ve come across often by Eleanor Roosevelt “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That’s why we call it the present.”
Everyone has a story. How one chooses to live and create theirs makes each one of us unique. We should understand that not all stories have a happy ending, and some may leave you hanging and confused or even sad! Remember that everyone has different battles in their lives, so I think it’s important to be kind and understanding. As a nurse holding the hands of many Covid patients struggling to breathe – I’ve heard their stories. They say that one wouldn’t know until they stepped into the other’s shoes.
Also, make sure to take care of yourself. Go to the doctor, so you know what’s going on with your body. The last thing you need to know is when an emergency happens, and you find out that there’s a list of stuff that you didn’t know about that needs immediate attention.
Lastly, don’t be so harsh on yourselves. Raising our children is never an easy task. It is challenging and can be very frustrating! Let’s set an example for our children.
Hug your children tight and enjoy their growth and development because, as one of my good friends says all the time, “Don’t blink.” they are simply a mere reflection of us, and it all starts at home.
Let’s work together as a community to help our children have good character and morals; even if you connect with another mom and ask her how her day is going, you are helping!
Thank you for taking a glimpse into my life! I hope to meet more moms right here in Broward to connect and support each as we learn and grow together while building our community we are #therealmomsofbroward.”