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Lynzy Coughlin, pregnant mama to three (soon-to-be four) children, Physician Assistant (PA), lifestyle blogger, and influencer behind the popular Instagram account Lynzyandco recently shared her thoughts and concerns about working amid the coronavirus pandemic—like caring for sick patients while 22 weeks pregnant and worrying that people aren't taking social distancing seriously enough.

She wrote about the reality of needing to keep some semblance of normalcy on her Instagram page, continuing to post about "fun" things while also keeping her audience informed about COVID-19 with any updated info she learns or preparations she takes.

She writes:

"I know this is a space for fashion and motherhood and fun. Right now, it needs to be a place where you can come and feel safe AND informed. At the end of the day, your lives mean A LOT to me and not a pretty frilly top or new lipstick. Yes, I will keep sharing fun stuff because we need an outlet but I will also keep you informed with what I know to be true and how we can all get through this together.

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"Today I worked in the ED at 22 weeks pregnant, worried for the life of my baby and my own life. I took an oath to serve as did MANY others and I want you to know that this isn't easy for ANY of us.

"The reality that COVID is everywhere is here. We still have limited tests but there are MANY patients coming in with symptoms and that would most likely be positive if we could test them all (and hopefully will soon in the next few days). Your chance of exposure already is high (IMO). My husband I both work emergency medicine and are already seeing the serious implications that this virus can have.

"This post is just a friendly reminder that I want to put out here to keep this community as safe as possible.

"I also see many people not taking it seriously and continuing on with their daily activities. In all honesty, the best way to shut this down is to order a national lockdown (which will hopefully happen). PLEASE stay home. Have fun with your kids and keep your distance from others. You can still go on hikes and be outdoors but just distance yourself from others.

"Does it suck? YES. But guess what? This is our BEST chance at keeping ourselves and OTHERS safe right now. It's not about YOU, it's about people less likely to fight off the virus.

"Also, for the record, there ARE young people on ventilators with no medical problems. Yes, it's less likely but no one is immune. No one.

"Pray for those on the front end of this thing. It's scary."


The reality of life for many medical professionals right now is that they have families at home they have to leave in order to go to work. To care for the sick, and to test those potentially infected with the coronavirus, putting themselves directly at risk for infection themselves.

It's scary and overwhelming. Many of us are able to hunker down at home and wait as safely as possible, but they're putting themselves in (likely) direct contact with the virus—unsure of what will happen exactly.

Yesterday, Lynzy said in her Instagram stories:

"I'm gonna start off this COVID conversation with how incredibly proud I am to be part of a medical staff that, even though we have fear and reluctance, that we are on the battleground, essentially—fighting this thing head-on and not thinking twice about it. And that, to me, is really incredible. It takes a lot of courage and I am so impressed with how my staff—and the medical staff across the United States—is handling this right now. I even know providers that are going off of their immunosuppressive medications, so that they can take care of their patients."

We'd like to echo Lynzy's sentiment. We are incredibly proud of the medical professionals in our country and across the world, sacrificing their health for the health of others. Because this is not an overreaction—this is reality.

And we must treat that reality with respect because it directly translates to our respect for these brave, determined medical professionals who are going in to work every day so that we don't have to go to the hospital ourselves.

To the medical professionals combating this virus—we salute you, we honor you, we're proud of you and we pray for you.

Thank you for your service.

In just over three weeks, we will become parents. From then on, our hearts will live outside of our bodies. We will finally understand what everyone tells you about bringing a child into the world.

Lately, the range of emotions and hormones has left me feeling nothing short of my new favorite mom word, "hormotional." I'm sure that's normal though, and something most people start to feel as everything suddenly becomes real.

Our bags are mostly packed, diaper bag ready, and birth plan in place. Now it's essentially a waiting game. We're finishing up our online childbirth classes which I must say are quite informational and sometimes entertaining. But in between the waiting and the classes, we've had to think about how we're going to handle life after baby's birth.

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I don't mean thinking and planning about the lack of sleep, feeding schedule, or just the overall changes a new baby is going to bring. I'm talking about how we're going to handle excited family members and friends who've waited just as long as we have to meet our child. That sentence sounds so bizarre, right? How we're going to handle family and friends? That sentence shouldn't even have to exist.

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As mamas we want our babies to be safe, and that's what makes what happened to Glee actress Naya Rivera and her 4-year-old son Josey so heartbreaking.

On July 13, the Ventura County Sheriff's Department announced the 33-year-old mother's body was found at Lake Piru, five days after her son was found floating alone on a rented boat. According to Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub, Rivera's last action was to save her son.

"We know from speaking with her son that he and Naya swam in the lake together at some point in her journey. It was at that time that her son described being helped into the boat by Naya, who boosted him onto the deck from behind. He told investigators that he looked back and saw her disappear under the surface of the water," Ayub explained, adding that Rivera's son was wearing his life vest, but the adult life vest was left on the unanchored boat.

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Ayub says exactly what caused the drowning is still speculation but investigators believe the boat started drifting and that Rivera "mustered enough energy to get her son back onto the boat but not enough to save herself."

Our hearts are breaking for Josey and his dad right now. So much is unknown about what happened on Lake Piru but one thing is crystal clear: Naya Rivera has always loved her son with all her heart.

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