Saturday 20 July 2019

Caitlin McBride: There are nurses sleeping on makeshift beds, stop moaning you can't go out for brunch

People try to dig out an ambulance which got stuck in the snow in Rathcoole, Co. Dublin. Picture: Damien Eagers
People try to dig out an ambulance which got stuck in the snow in Rathcoole, Co. Dublin. Picture: Damien Eagers
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

They say that difficult times brings out the best in people.

While the definition of what constitutes as difficult times is up for debate when it’s related to the weather, one thing is certain - we saw some of the most inspirational behaviour in Ireland over the last 48 hours.

Round the clock news coverage dutifully acted as a further reminder that our medical staff, emergency responders and outreach workers are gallant and bold and sum up all that is good about people.

We heard heartwarming stories about doctors walking to work, sleeping bag in hand, ready to stay as long as required, while pictures and videos of nurses makeshift beds in The Mater, The Coombe and Holles Street went viral.

Volunteers with the Peter McVerry Trust went to work on Thursday morning and aren’t coming home until Saturday.

Private businesses with extra space are temporary homes to those who don’t have one and needed shelter from the storm. Homeless shelters are staying open 24 hours a day to keep as many of our citizens safe as possible.

We, the public, are in good hands with such altruistic leaders ready to step up to the plate at a time of need.

But, as they also say, with the good, comes the bad.

And the bad in this case are those with an inability to sit still.

Today, my feed is filled with people complaining about cabin fever from the confines of their warm, comfortable, safe homes after less than 24 hours of a country lockdown.

People, who are so lacking in self awareness, they are proudly sharing pictures of themselves "escaping" to enjoy some brunch. It is the ultimate first world problem, which is a disparaging phrase in itself.

They had refrigerators filled with food, designer puppies to play with, snowmen to build and cosy clothes to keep them warm. And if they were really lucky, some company in the form of a partner, roommate or friend.

All while there people, both paid and unpaid, who have had to set up camp at their place of employment for days on end simply because it’s the right thing to do.

Have some regard for the less fortunate who have had to be accommodated in emergency circumstances at shelters around the country.

Or the elderly who are still concerned about having their heating on for long periods of time, despite there being a double fuel allowance coming in this week.

Be grateful you can afford those eggs hollandaise you traipsed across your city for and be thankful you have a job to complain about not being in your office for.

Or maybe say some thanks that you were not one of the 15 people who slept on the street in Dublin last night during blizzard like conditions.

Even if you don’t want to think about any of the above, stop talking about having nothing to do because it's infuriating to the rest of us to have to listen to it.

It's only a few days, why not use it to sit back and count your blessings.

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