President’s Message

Montana RDHs,

The last couple of months have been filled with chaos and uncertainty for many people around the world. Many of us are out of work, while some of us are still working. Finances have become an issue for many which can be very stressful. Those of you with children have been taking on the role of educator, some with multiple children to teach, while also trying to help them understand what is happening all around us. These parents are also probably beating themselves up wondering if they are doing enough for their kids even when they are, I know I am. There are some of you who are scared about what is happening in this world, and what is to come, while some of you who feel empowered more than ever. With talks of returning to work shortly, some of you are beyond ready to embark on this journey, while others are wondering how they will work with their little ones still out of school, if they will bring Covid-19 home to their loved ones, if they will have the proper PPE, if their patients will be safe coming in.

I want you to know that none of you are wrong. We all handle situations differently. It is perfectly acceptable to be scared, just as it is perfectly acceptable to be ready and unafraid. It is so important to remember these things as we begin our journey back to work during this Pandemic. Please be supportive of your fellow colleagues regardless of how you each feel about the situation. Reach out when things are scary or difficult, and listen when you are strong and ready to conquer the world. Stand united with one another. I must admit this hasn’t always been my strong suit, but I have learned so much over the years while raising a special needs child. Just because our storms may look small to some, doesn’t mean they aren’t still storms. If your sun is still shining bright, please try to be there for someone whose storm is still going.

Please feel free to reach out with any other questions or concerns you may have at this time. It takes a village, and I am proud to be a part of this village.

Kelley Oakes, RDH, BS