Caregivers bring up the subject of depression

Ileana Garza is an AAdi graduate social worker. She points out that at the height of the pandemic, few clients wanted in-person health services

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — As we enter the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, some health care workers have provided insight into what it’s like to be on the front lines.

Since the start of the pandemic, more than 961,000 Americans have died from COVID-19. Now, with communities across the country reporting low numbers of positive cases, it looks like there may be some light at the end of the tunnel.

Oscar Limas is a registered nurse with AAdi and hopes the work being done by healthcare workers is progressing to bring Coastal Bend back to a sense of normalcy.

“There seems to be a lean towards normalcy in this regard,” Limas said. “Of course, we are always doing our due diligence to maintain certain precautions.”

AAdi offers a full home care service and also works with families to provide palliative care.

There’s definitely a problem with chronic fatigue,” Limas said. “Patients just aren’t able to recover to, you know, their full level of function that they might have had before they got COVID. or being in contact with COVID. Lots of persistent breathing problems, chronic cough, chronic shortness of breath, still a lot of them still need some oxygen at home.”

Ileana Garza is an AAdi graduate social worker. She points out that at the height of the pandemic, few of their clients wanted in-person health services or to discuss their issues with her. She said that right now people still don’t want to talk about their mental state.

“What you see is a lot of anxiety, a lot of depression and how to really deal with it, especially when mental health is still a really big stigma,” Garza said. “How do you open that save? How do you do something that was such a conversational faux pas and talk about it casually? Luckily, we can talk about it on the news.”

Garza said people with anxiety and depression can now see a doctor or licensed therapist because most, if not all, are seeing clients in their offices again. Another milestone in everyone’s efforts to try and get their lives back together and regain some sense of normalcy.

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