KENNER, La. (BP) — Lexie Green was still a few months shy of her two-year anniversary as a nurse at Ochsner Medical Center in Kenner, La., just outside of New Orleans, when she found herself serving in the intensive care unit in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A few weeks into the crisis, which has struck the New Orleans area particularly hard, Green started feeling ill herself. When she discovered she was running a fever, her supervisor sent her home. She later tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
“I think it’s the sickest I’ve ever been in my life,” Green said by phone from her rental home, where she continues to recover.
The weeks leading up to her diagnosis had been some of the most trying of her life, and to help her deal with the anxiety and stress, Green, whose full first name is Alexa, began making a video diary.
“I originally made the videos to help me cope with everything,” Green said. “Every time I talked to my family, I didn’t want to burden them with the things I was seeing. So, I just started recording myself talking and praying and talking to God.”
Green had seen some patients with other illnesses die without family nearby due to the COVID-19 restrictions. Then, her first patient passed away from the coronavirus. Through it all, she kept up her video diary, even after she learned that she had contracted the disease.
In quarantine, Green found a Gospel opportunity.
“When I got sick, it was the first time I had seen everything on social media,” she said. “There was so much negativity, but I wanted to share some of my story and share hope.”
She pieced together some of the videos and posted them to Facebook. The timeline began when she first began grappling with the trials she and her coworkers were enduring and continued until she was quarantined with symptoms of COVID-19. She ended the video with an invitation for viewers to reach out if they wanted to know more about the peace and hope that comes with a relationship with God.
“I have been completely overwhelmed by the response, in a good way.” Green said. “I never expected it to touch so many people, which I think is the Lord working. I’ve had several people, even people I don’t even know, message me to say that they had either been struggling in their faith or were having a very difficult time. They said the video encouraged them to seek out God and reminded them of His faithfulness and His love for them.”
Some of her coworkers have started asking her deep, theological questions as well about what God could possibly be doing in the middle of the pandemic. Green has made herself available to talk, listen and pray when her coworkers complete their shifts.
Having this sort of impact, being able to serve and help people, is precisely what Green envisioned when she selected nursing as her vocation.
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Source: Baptist Press