MountainStar Health - August 07, 2020
by Craig Bielik

Behind the PPE

Behind (and recently on the OTHER side, too) the PPE: Meet Fabiola, Technician with our Behavioral Health services.

Fabiola has been with us for about 2 years. She helps our patients in the alcohol and chemical treatment unit portion of BHU with admitting, monitoring their vital signs and behavior, and many other tasks.

“I’m an extra set of eyes and ears for our nurses and a voice for our patients. I watch for signs that something is wrong. I make sure our patients are taking care of themselves, eating and staying hydrated and as comfortable as possible in the most compassionate way that I can.”

“The best part of my job is the love I develop for our patients. My education has helped me to understand how hard this time is for our patients (she was a psychology major at Weber State University.) It’s so amazing. They are going through a very hard time and this is the first step in their recovery.”

Fabiola has had a bit of a hard time, lately and found herself on the OTHER side of the PPE. In late spring she tested positive for COVID-19 and spent a few weeks being sick. “It was miserable, I lost my sense of smell and had body aches. I thought it would never end. I spent my birthday and Father’s Day in quarantine. My boyfriend also had it and we spent about a month under quarantine together. We both were so worried. We’d wake up each day and wonder what was going to happen – will it be me or him that is sicker? It was such a relief when it finally lifted and I never want to have it again!” Sadly, also, earlier in the spring Fabiola lost an uncle to the virus.

But there was a silver lining: “My friends, family and co-workers helped out left and right. I will never forget their kindness.”

Away from work she loves to get out into nature and go on drives. She also enjoys watching true crime documentaries on TV and likes cooking with her boyfriend.