“In the Indian culture, elders will often give their children something sweet before they embark on a new journey or challenge.
Today I was informed that I was redeployed to a COVID outbreak unit.
My family, although inevitably nervous, kept a smile on their face until it was time for me to leave.
My grandma hugged me a little closer and a little tighter than her usual.
Tears welled her eyes and her voice shook as she said, ‘take care of yourself’ in Punjabi.
My heart crumbled knowing that every time I will be on call working 26 hours caring for my patients, my family will also be at home sleepless.
I reassured my grandma that I will be fine and that my patients need me.
She slipped some sugar into my mouth and wished me luck.
I walked towards my car not knowing when I will able to safely see them again.”