I was admitted to hospital during the pandemic. I underwent a successful heart valve transplant and was awake during surgery (TAVI) and monitoring my diabetes levels (type1 for 50 years.) I was in the hospital when the nurses received the news that their wages were to be cut. Many chose to leave the profession. At the same time the provincial government in Ontario raised the wages of ambulance drivers and fire fighters. One senior nurse administrator had a brother with COVID-19 who was put in a facility and the family did not know where to locate him. When, after time they did learn his location, they waved to him through a window. His recovery improved and he eventually came home. Please bring compassion to those who truly serve and play an invaluable role in health care. Too many nurses never received the appreciation and yes appropriate income that reflected the challenges they faced. They deserved so much more from the government.