An ICU nurse shared before and after photos this week depicting what months of working in a hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic does to someone.
The nurse, Kathryn, is relatively new to the field, having only started as a nurse eight months ago in Tennessee, right as the pandemic hit.
She shared the photo to show the world how the pandemic has affected healthcare workers physically.
She labeled the photos "how it started" versus "how it's going."
How it started How it's going https://t.co/cg32Tu7v0B— Kathryn Ivey (@Kathryn Ivey) 1606076608.0
She loves being a nurse and treating patients is "an honor" to her.
I love being a nurse. Didn't exactly expect to be a new nurse in the middle of a highly politicized pandemic but li… https://t.co/2wuPiLbVcL— Kathryn Ivey (@Kathryn Ivey) 1606133400.0
She used the platform from the viral tweet to promote common sense and protecting not only yourself but those around you.
Covid is a brutal disease and I wouldn't wish the worst of it on my worst enemy. Please understand that you aren't… https://t.co/O7rOtPOWrI— Kathryn Ivey (@Kathryn Ivey) 1606133401.0
She received an immense amount of love and support from people on Twitter.
@kathryniveyy @terminalyill3st Hugs to you. To all of us right now... so weary. So tired. Of being betrayed, questioned. Doubted.— Jamie Coleman, MD FACS (@Jamie Coleman, MD FACS) 1606092618.0
Many have reached out to Kathryn offering her aid, but she declined and has instead set up a thread of organizations for people to donate to in her honor.
To everyone who has offered to buy me coffee or pay my bills, thank you from the bottom of my heart. My basic and f… https://t.co/dkSkTevleD— Kathryn Ivey (@Kathryn Ivey) 1606233419.0
She also asked other healthcare workers to share their own "how it started" versus "how it's going" photos.
Healthcare workers, drop your covid unit pictures and stories in this thread. People need to see the reality of wha… https://t.co/ZdELj8zyfS— Kathryn Ivey (@Kathryn Ivey) 1606184095.0
Kathryn speaks out about the pandemic constantly, in more than just pictures.
The thing about healthcare workers being called "the front line" is that it implies that there is backup waiting in… https://t.co/bqcwQeKBKq— Kathryn Ivey (@Kathryn Ivey) 1605118322.0
She also talks about her everyday experiences in Nashville.
This morning after a shift in covid I stopped to get gas at a completely full Kroger gas station by my house. I was the only one in a mask.— Kathryn Ivey (@Kathryn Ivey) 1605912631.0