Mother-of-one Avril Flynn, who lives in Dublin, is one of the thousands of healthcare workers to answer Ireland's call to sign up to go back to work in the public health service.
Ms Flynn, who is originally from Dundalk, Co Louth, was among the first to sign up to the HSE's 'Be On Call for Ireland' campaign, which has already seen 24,000 expressions of interest in 24 hours.
A midwife, Ms Flynn says she is ready to work in a maternity setting or elsewhere, ready to go where she is needed.
Mum to Felix, who is almost two years old, Ms Flynn had been running her own business providing ante-natal classes, working as an educator and taking on speaking engagements, but found her business had collapsed in the wake of coronavirus.
And while she says she is devastated by what's happened, she hopes she can use her skills in the HSE's battle against the coronavirus.
Asked if she's worried for her own health, Ms Flynn says she, husband Gareth and their son Felix are all in good health.
Describing the current situation as a catastrophe, Ms Flynn says what people can do is have some sense of control in their own lives, even if that means keeping the living room tidy. "I can go back and offer my services. I understand there are risks and I am putting myself at risk, but we can all do our little bit," she says.
"Babies are going to be born and mothers are going to need help. I will take precautions. I'm well and my son and husband are well. I don't have a house full of people that it could affect."
However, she understands not everyone is in a position to offer to go back to the health services.
"Sometimes the best thing you can do is to support your own family and keep yourself safe. That's your controllables and that's enough. God forbid if I did get sick - there are no underlying health conditions. If we all got sick in this house, statistically we'd probably be fine. Lots of people are not in that position," says Ms Flynn.
Majella Forde, from outside Listowel in Co Kerry, has also signed up to the HSE's campaign. A trained emergency medical technician who worked for the ambulance service before setting up her own company, she says she is ready to do whatever it takes.
Ms Forde's own business Kuleana, which means responsible in Hawaiian, was forced to close directly as a result of the pandemic.
However, despite the fact she was no longer working for the health service directly, Ms Forde says she kept her licence to work as an emergency medical technician up to date and had engaged in continuous professional development to keep abreast of changes.
"I could have let that licence go but I said 'I'll keep it up' and I kept on top of things. I have a particular set of skills and if I'm needed, I'll be there," she told the Irish Independent.
"I have fears of course, but looking at the Taoiseach's broadcast, he made it very clear what we are facing. I had an idea myself of what we were facing. I know lots of people who are answering the call," she says.
"There is fear - everyone has fear. We will have to cut off contact from our families," says Ms Forde, whose mother is in her 70s.
She says the crisis has made her realise what a resilient nation we are and the numbers of people willing to return to work for the HSE shows that when the chips are down, Irish people step forward.
"When all of this is over, we'll go back to business but it's going to be a long road for all of those on the front line. If people could put a little battery-operated candle in the window like they do at Christmas, or put up a Tricolour, we'll know they're with us," she says.
Róisín Doherty, the wife of Sinn Féin TD for Donegal Pearse Doherty, has signed up to the call for former healthcare workers to offer their services at this time of crisis.
Ms Doherty, a mother of four boys, was working as a primary school teacher at Glassan National School outside Creeslough in Donegal before the schools closed.
A trained nurse, Ms Doherty said she moved to seek the restoration of her nurse's registration because she could not sit back and watch as her colleagues worked tirelessly.
"When they put out the call, I just knew I was going to do it," says Ms Doherty. "There's no way I could sit at home thinking about the girls I used to work with and thinking about the people I could help.
"When you're a nurse you want to look after people. It's not about the money or the lifestyle. Thinking about the people who will get sick, I find that upsetting. I'd rather be there doing something than thinking about them," she told the Irish Independent.
When her husband posted on his Facebook page that she was going back to nursing, he included a picture of the fob watch her parents had given her when she started her nursing training in the late 1990s.
Ms Doherty said a man from Galway got in touch to say he was a watchmaker and if it wasn't working, she could post it to him to make sure it was in order.
:: For more information about being on call for Ireland, go to the sign-up page, hse.ie/oncall
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