This is an incredibly heartbreaking situation for all involved. My wife is a professor at a medical college here in FL where she trains the next generation of nurses. They have been having meetings in small groups to try and transition what was a full fledged nursing program with a large simulation lab of robotic patients to an online program using what programs are commercially available as well as working with their IT team to create from scratch in less than 2 weeks, what was mostly a hands on program. As of yesterday, she made the decision not to go in to work any more this week.
Prior to her current career, she spent 31 years as an ICU and trauma nurse. Most nurses have built up a tolerance to things that would make the rest of us lose our lunch (I know because I was “lucky enough” to hear about it daily), but this is something that is basically invisible and it does not discriminate when it attacks its victims.
Sadly, those of us in the US have only begun to see the brunt of what the rest of the world has experienced and even worse, we have leadership at the very top who is more concerned with his own political survival than the survival of those who will perish. We had months to prepare for this as we watched it engulf one nation after another and still we cannot even regularly test people to get a handle on where we are as a nation. Having to sit by and watch our status as a nation sink to levels I never thought possible, only to further watch what we have all feared: what would happen if a real crisis hit this country. Well, it has and now we know.
It is sad to interject politics into this discussion, but it is so hard to sit by and watch as your country is led by the ass end of a horse, who just last night announced that “we can’t let the cure be worse than the problem” and wants to reopen the country next week.
I grew up in the shadow of NYC and I can tell you that our president has never done anything that does not benefit him directly. Sadly, it is built in to his DNA and he is not about to change. Thankfully, there are individual governors who are heeding the CDC and other medial authorities and taking matters into their own hands to help their citizens. I can only pray for those who have been and those who will be afflicted with this virus.
For the rest of us sheltering in place, let us all keep in touch via these forums and let the members of our Cantabile community know how we are doing. Brad, thank you for your dedication to your product. Many times I am amazed by the amount of work you put in to development and the support you offer even while doing so. All of us who get to play around and create with what you have created, has many times made me stop in my tracks and realized that there is someone on the other end, hunched over a keyboard coding all the marvelous features we get to enjoy on a daily basis. Even those among us who do coding (I am not one of them) must surely be amazed by what you have produced that has enabled all of us to be as musically creative as we possibly can. There are not enough words to express our gratitude, so a simple thank you will have to do for now.
To all the rest of the community, please take care…do what is necessary to protect yourselves and your families, and hopefully we will all come out on the other side of this