Photo Essay by Kori Young
It’s never completely quiet.
Sometimes it’s just the distinctive rhythmic sigh of the ventilators, beep of the tube feeding machines, or the click of a door closing shut; and other times the alarms of a code, crinkling of a PPE paper bag, and frantic feet.
In the heart of Madison, the ICU staff at UnityPoint Health – Meriter are both exhausted and determined to help patients “beet” COVID-19. Coming and going from shifts, they are greeted by the masked and the maskless outside, but inside, on this floor of the hospital, everyone’s learned to read each others eyes.
And those eyes tell heartbreaking stories.
For one day, for only a few hours, they documented their ICU. Just a brief moment in a battle that is still raging to stop a deadly pandemic.