You Don’t See What We See: an RN’s view on COVID

Rick Martinez
4 min readJul 21, 2020
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“We can handle small surges and clusters; it’s not a big deal. But when you get this continuous surge ongoing hour after hour — you see these patients, and they are all coming in with the same symptoms huffing and puffing, some of them are gasping for air, and some of them are confused because of the lack of oxygen, and they’re elderly, and they’re young, and they’re distressed, and they’re agitated, and then there are no family members around…It is draining.” Dr. Jamil Madi, Valley ICU medical director.

Y’all who know me, and maybe don’t “know me” but follow me on social, grasp that I’m a super positive person.

Always have been.

Always will be.

There’s a silver lining in everything, no matter how bad it may seem.

That’s me.

The silver lining guy.



There’s a but…

I gotta share my heart about COVID.

It’s breaking right now for my colleagues back home in Texas. It’s breaking for my fellow Texans and Americans. Honestly, it’s breaking for the world and all the folks who’ve been affected. That sentiment has nothing to do with me being a nurse. It has to do with being a human — an empath.

I get it, some think it’s a hoax, made up, not real.

This CO-VID thang.

I get it, you have rights.

But you don’t see what we see…

The refrigeration trucks that just wheeled into San Antonio. Yeah. The ones they say are for the overload of dead people?


It’s a hoax.

It’s all made up.

A big vast conspiracy.

But you don’t see what we see



Rick Martinez

My journey began on food stamps • I help CEOs & entrepreneurs write & publish books that give them authority & legacy • Former CEO turned ghostwriter