BATON ROUGE, LA (BRPROUD) – She was born and raised in Louisiana and now she is working the frontlines of COVID-19 to help keep our community safe.
Ashlyn Kidd Bergeron works in the emergency room at Ochsner.
“I don’t know if anyone deep down thought about this truly happening,” Bergeron said.
And like many Louisianians, she never expected to be working in the midst of a global pandemic.
“You go from winning a national championship in January, to a pandemic less than a month and a half later,” Bergeron laughed.
As an ER Doctor, Bergeron is used to uncertainty, in fact that’s what made her choose this specialty.
“Not knowing what’s coming in, and that each day and hour can be different. Knowing that I have to opportunity to make a change and save people’s lives is important,” Bergeron said.
A life-saving opportunity that now carries new a meaning.
“We have to have our temperatures checked, change into hospital scrubs and we’re given our PPE, which is locked up at the end of each shift, and then we start the day,” Bergeron said.
Each day brings a new challenge.
“Part of emergency medicine is not knowing what’s coming in, whether it’s from Acandian EMS ambulance stand point, or even through the front door. We have to make sure that those protective measures are in place no matter what,” Bergeron said.
Bergeron went on to say “So not knowing whether patients are positive or not positive, we have to make sure each and every time we are stepping in a room with a patient that we’re protected, our nurses are protected and our patients are protected. So that does add an extra level of stress with each encounter that we are faced with.”
But despite the added stress and uncertainty, Bergeron is proud to mask up each day for her community.
“This is probably something we will probably never see again hopefully in our lifetime, but it does feel remarkable being able to use my knowledge and everyday skills to be able to take care of these patients.”
As Louisiana continues to fight against the deadly virus, Bergeron says she will be there day in and day out ready to help.
“I have Louisiana in my heart, and my job is to make a difference for those people, and to take care of them to the best of my ability,” said Bergeron.