Jennifer Hunt, M.D., chair of the UAMS Department of Pathology and Laboratory Services, recently shared the below email expressing her gratitude to the UAMS research community for their dedication, donations and support for the COVID-19 efforts. It is reprinted here with permission.
Over the past 10 days, I have reinvigorated my gratitude practice. It is one of the few proven things that increases happiness, and we all need more happiness right now. And, I also share my gratitude with the recipient(s), because that's also been proven to amplify and sustain the happiness effects beyond just me.
This morning as I prepare for another day, I am reflecting on our research community and feeling grateful for all of you. We are thrown into the midst of this crisis, where the clinical teams know what to do. They've trained for this, have specific jobs to carry out. But, what happens when the clinical mission becomes massive and overshadows the other missions for a period of time? Where do our educators and investigators find meaning and purpose during this time of fear, anxiety and crisis? I have at least one potential answer...they donate. We have received incredible donations of every kind: tubes, reagents, supplies, and crucial components. Our UAMS and UA system investigators are digging deep to find things we need every single day, some of which would stop us in our tracks if we didn't have. Who would have thought that this week's limiting component would be backordered tubes? And, who would have thought we would get thousands donated within an hour or two?
And, our research community is also donating intellect, brain power, innovation, and ideas--even if we don't have time to think about them today. While we implement the most simple and streamlined approaches for testing, our research community is thinking about generation 2.0 and how we can make it better, faster, more efficient. We will need this for the marathon we are running.
And, our research community is donating time. We have teams of scientists and highly trained research staff stepping up for support of clinical testing. We have people coming in on the weekend to make up reagents for us.
So today, I am specifically and intentionally grateful to our research community, for stepping up and answering our calls for help.