To say 2020 has been a challenging year would be an understatement.We’ve all been pressed to overcome the seemingly endless onslaught of obstacles thrown in our way. From learning and working from home to transitioning out of and back into our sleep labs and centers, this year has tested us in ways many of us didn’t think possible.
But along with these challenges comes the chance to overcome. Throughout this year, I’ve been extremely impressed and proud of how we have come together to weather the storm.
When sleep centers and clinics were closed, it was our community that determined best practices and developed guidelines to enable us to care for our patients in the safest way possible. When hospitals filled to capacity, it was our members who stepped up to help those patients: whether it was stocking PPE, checking the temperatures of staff coming in and out of the hospital, or those respiratory therapists among our ranks who helped in COVID-19 units. When we were struggling — both professionally and personally — we came together on virtual town halls to listen to and support one another.
This time of year, it is customary for many of us to reflect on the previous year and make new goals for the new year. It’s easy for us to look back on 2020 and see all of the hardships and pain. It is even easier for us to put it all behind us and let this year become a distant memory. But we would be remiss if we did not look at those moments and reflect. I want us to remember how we leaned on one another, how we stepped up to help our patients and how we pushed through even when times were difficult.
Going into 2021, there is thankfully a light at the end of the tunnel. I want us to always remember the strength we found in the middle of darkness. Next year, let your fortitude remain and let your passions continue to drive you. And remember that we at AAST are always in your corner.