A nurse who worked in a coronavirus intensive care unit in Middlesbrough has released a song she wrote based on her experiences of nursing at the height of the pandemic.
Mika Mamon, who is a registered nurse at James Cook University Hospital, told Nursing Times how the idea for the track came about one night when she was self-isolating with Covid-19 symptoms.
“I was scared and I wrote it as an outpour of my emotions”
Scared and unable to sleep, Ms Mamon said she decided to put her feelings into words and create the song Stand Together Apart.
As well as exploring her experiences of nursing in the outbreak, Ms Mamon hopes to “convey the message of staying safe” to the public.
“I wrote the song amidst self-isolation after developing Covid-like symptoms myself,” Ms Mamon told Nursing Times.
“I was scared, depressed and [could not] sleep…I wrote it as an outpour of my emotions.”
The track itself has contributions from musicians across the world, including other nurses, and has been downloaded more than 100,000 times.
“The song is about a frontliners’ feelings, fears, thoughts and hopes that we can beat this virus if we all unite and work as one,” said Ms Mamon.
“Also, to show how grateful we are to the public for their support – the Thursday clapping, streamers, wall paintings, rainbows, and most importantly, to convey the message of staying safe, protect ourselves…stand together apart.”
She had been working on a Covid-19 intensive care unit undertaking 12-13-hour shifts with full personal protective equipment (PPE).
“Working during the pandemic was scary, stressful, emotional…mentally destroying,” said Ms Mamon, who has been a nurse for more than 20 years.
The intensive care unit she was on was “filling up quickly” and patients had been “deteriorating so fast”, Ms Mamon noted.
She told how patients were scared and staff were “giving and doing everything to save them all”.
Contributors to the song included Daniel Hunt, an NHS commissioner from Redcar on the guitar, Euegen Neripol, a nurse from Seattle on the piano/keyboard, and Danny Wood from Cumbria on the guitar and electric drums.
In addition, Grzegorz Garnys, originally from Poland but now living in the UK, played percussion, Mark Harrington from Essex was on the guitar, and Romeo Mamon Jr, a forensic nurse in New Jersey, US, was on the bass.
The song is produced by Carl Pemberton of CPMR Studio in Middlesbrough.
The chorus also features contributions from children, nurses and people across the globe who had got in contact with Ms Mamon via social media.
The track is available for download on Spotify, Apple, Amazon music and all proceeds of the single will go to Ms Mamon’s fundraiser Help for Health Heroes.