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Jennifer K Bauer

Jennifer K. Bauer has interviewed sword swallowers, saddle makers and even Arnold Schwarzenegger. She is the editor of Inland 360, a weekly culture magazine for north Idaho and eastern Washington that prints in the Lewiston Tribune and Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Contact her at jkbauer@inland360.com or (208) 848-2263.

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  1. Sheri Mireles

    Is there a fundraiser set up to help her pay for her lodging and transportation expenses?

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    1. Jennifer K Bauer

      She is not looking to receive any money.

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  2. Fox Mulder

    Good article. But it says a few things that are off though. I can’t buy everything being said. Here are a couple.

    “Everyone in New York wears masks, everyone. No one goes outside.”
    I know this is b.s. because my nephew Ben and friend Mike told me so. Ben lives in NY and says NY’ers are completely ridiculous and aren’t following rules. Mike who has family and was raised in NY said they’re still the stubborn a-holes you’d expect in NY. Nothing can touch them because they’re ‘too tough’. They’re not wearing masks, they’re hanging out in large groups, some restaurants are still open.

    “Her perspective on the virus shifted when she discovered one of her patients was a pharmacist. She has patients in their early and late 20s without pre-existing health issues.”
    “You can think it’s just people with comorbidities, but it’s not,” she said. “When you see younger and successful people, you get worried.”

    There are a lot of strange things in these two statements. In the first one, is she’s saying her patient (who was a pharmacist) had patients in their late 20s without pre-existing health issues? Or is she saying she (herself) has patients in their early and late 20s without pre-existing health issues? In either case, pharmacists don’t have access to complete patient histories. And if she’s talking about herself, if she’s as busy as she says, there is no way she’s got time to see complete patient histories as she is running around on the night shift. I’m not disagreeing with the fact that there are people dying without comorbidities as she puts it, but I see a lack of clarity in these statements and don’t understand what she’s trying to say.

    In the second statement, she says when you see younger and successful people and she gets worried. What does successful have to do with anything? And how would one know they’re successful? More lack of clarity and I don’t know what is trying to be stated here. Or what narrative is being pushed in this chopped up storyline. Perhaps, the article is a push for Idaho’ens to stop protesting and stay at home? Because why would they be talking about Idaho’s people when the article is headlined about a nurse working at ground zero in Rhode Island. And last I checked, Rhode Island, or even broader, New York, wasn’t identified as ground zero. At least not as far as I know. And I’m assuming they mean ground zero as in where the virus first hit the U.S., not in the world; because ground zero means where something begins. Period. Ground zero. Patient zero.

    Anyway, it’s enlightening in some ways, concerning in other ways. There’s narrative being pushed here. It’s sad when you can’t help everyone. It’s a frustration I’ve felt on much lower levels than a city overrun by a virus, but felt it nonetheless. My son’s reason for not taking the paramedic route – he was afraid someone would die in his arms. I told him it would happen, of course. He couldn’t expect to save everyone. Neither can this nurse. I think it’s a fear we all experience at some point in one form or another. It’s tough work. I’m glad there are people out there like her that loves what she does.

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    1. uncleboblaw@aol.com

      With luck and such a compassionate young nurse as this, maybe you or a family member will not have to face dying alone of this terrible illness if you become ill. I truly hope all of our countrymen as well as the scoffers and those who endanger the rest of us come to the realization of how serious this .You can save lives just by doing nothing , how hard is that to do ? Stay home , use a mask and wash, wash,wash and maybe you will be able to hug a loved one someday soon.

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  3. Pat Whitman

    Thank you, Jennifer! Heartbreaking but a worthwhile read.

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