I spent almost an entire week with Buffy Mayerstein, an Albuquerque nurse working with coronavirus patients. I reported on how treating COVID-19 patients has affected her and her family.
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Mayerstein is nurse working in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at Lovelace Hospital. She is a single mother of three, often working 60 hour weeks.
Most mornings, Mayerstein's day starts at 4 a.m. Some days Mayerstein gets less than 4 hours of sleep.
Mayerstein's mother, Teri Mayerstein, watches her daughters while she works.
She usually lets her son, Blauwkamp, stay home and play video games.
Mayerstein doesn't get home until 7 p.m. most days, but Teri will drop off her grandchildren before Mayerstein gets home.