THE SCREAM: A CONTRIBUTION BY DR. FEDERICA VAGNARELLI

Simafra, “L’Urlo” (The Scream) Mixed media on canvas, 200 x 180 cm , 2020

I am Nadia  and  if I get sick with Coronavirus, I  want to be sure I didn’t infect anybody else.   I do not  want to be dying alone far from my family.

I am Fabio and if I get sick with Coronavirus,   I  want  to be with my family. I do not  want to be suffering.

I am Valentina and if I get sick with Coronavirus ,   I want to be isolated  on a top of a mountain , breathing oxygen and  recovering while admiring the Dolomites panorama I do not want to get worse and make my family feeling sad and worried.

I am Riccardo and If I get sick with Coronavirus,    I want to take this chance as a new challenge Life is giving to me… may be because I just need to stop and reflect.  And please … I do not want to be part of any pharmacological experimentation or trial. 

I am Guendalina  and if I get sick with Coronavirus  I want to be sure my family is safe.  I do not  want to be far from a place where I can be assisted in case of worsening. 

I am Emilia and if I get sick  with Coronavirus ,   I want support from school to handle my  work while unable to perform at full capacity.   Of courseI do not want family’s health to be in jeopardy and not obtaining school diploma if unable to sit exams because sick

I am Julia and if I get sick with Coronavirus,  I want to know I will survive  and I do not  want any of my family or friends to die.

I am Hannah and if I get sick with Coronavirus,  I want to keep my family safe .  I do not  want to be dying alone far from my family. 

I am Lucia  and if I get sick with Coronavirus,  I want to be cured in my home . I do not  want  anybody to get sick from me. 

I am Luca  and if I get sick with Coronavirus,   I want to know immediately I am sick. I do not   want to be alone and far from my family.

I am Beatrice  and if I get sick with Coronavirus, I want  not to be seriously sick. I do not want  to have long term effects and die.

I am Claudia and if I get sick with Coronavirus, I want to recover quickly. I do not want to die alone. 

I am Simona and if I get sick with Coronavirus,  I want to be able to see my husband and kids. I do not want  to feel any pain and to be alone.

I am Nunzia and if I get sick with Coronavirus , I want to  be  in contact with my Family I do not want to  be dying alone.

I am Massimo and if I get sick with Coronavirus,  I want to be alone not to infect my Family I do not  want to die alone.

I am Federica and if I get sick with Coronavirus, I want to be able to recover quickly, I do not want to be dying alone. 

During the past year, a life-threatening disease has been spreading around the world so quickly while Clinicians didn’t’ have any available Evidence-Based data to treat it , as these typically  take years to be validated.  In this scenario, clinical judgement  and  expert opinions have been guiding choices and policies more than validated data and medications of proven efficacy.  

Then, of course,  In the meantime,  we are  investing  huge scientific and economic  efforts to arrange well designed , prospective multicenter studies for the best medicine. 

Then, of course, in the meantime, we are investing huge scientific and economic efforts in finding the safest and the most effective vaccine. 

Then, of course, in the meantime, we are investing huge scientific and economic efforts in renovation of spaces in order to respect social distancing and keep people far from infection. 

But still (many) people are so unlucky and they get infected.

 And these  (many) people who are infected can ending up in a hospital. 

And still these ( many)  people are scared to be far from the Family. 

And still these (many) people don’t want to be dying alone among the deafening alarms and the cold tubes and wires of the intensive care unit,  abandoned to the benevolent caress of an exhausted healthcare operator. 

We can not be deaf anymore …  the Planet is screaming … It’s time to collect the choral scream of all those  people who are scared to be  far from the Family ,  who are scared to be dying alone. 

No medicine or vaccine will be a success as far as people will be dying alone far from that warm comfort  each of us deserves at the end of our own earthly Life. 

No medicine or vaccine will be a success if we will be deaf to the Scream of the World.  

This is the time for Narrative Medicine to raise up its ears , standing proudly as a  Guard Dog for Humanity, beautifully trained to be compassionate but potentially ferocious when  his owner is in danger. 

Thanks  to Riccardo Prosperi, in Arte Simafra. With his visionary soul, he is transforming Emotions in Art with the same esotheric sensitivity of an Alchemist making lead into gold. 

Simafra’s Project “Preservation of the Species” is currently one of my major sources of inspiration and growth. 

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Enrica

    The pandemic has changed our lives like Chernobyl but more noticeably.
    A change of course in our life is essential for this we have so many means and we will have to use them all. Narrative medicine has great strength and is now more important than ever.
    We cannot and must not get used to all these deaths but react to this new reality.
    Thank you Federica!

    1. Federica

      Thanks Enrica for your comment !
      Indeed this pandemic has been showing us Evidence Based Medicine alone is precious but not sufficient in order to save lives (and minds) … Each single healthcare Professional needs to be ready (and trained) to listen to the Scream of the World !

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