In my role as a first responder and my life as a husband, father, and son, it’s my job to care for others. During the pandemic, my stress levels rose dramatically. I wasn’t caring for myself resulting in a medical condition that left me unable to work or drive.
Under normal circumstances, my life was very stressful. COVID-19 blew that up. At work, we began dispatching more calls than ever, and policy seemed to change to meet the growing need almost daily.