Mana Threads Essential Worker Appreciation: Dianne Chan

by Amelia Leme May 20, 2020 0 Comments

Mana Threads Essential Worker Appreciation: Dianne Chan

Every Tuesday, Mana Threads will be highlighting some of the essential workers within our Mana Threads community. These ladies are courageous, hardworking, selfless, and inspiring. Read more about our Essential Worker Appreciation program here.

This is Dianne Chan's story.

Who are you and what do you do for work?

I am a Physical Therapist Assistant, working in various Skilled Nursing Facilities or in Acute Care hospitals around the Bay Area, working hard to get patients home to their loved ones. I work primarily with the geriatric population; however, on occasion, I do see some fairly young patients and rehab them back to their prior level of function. I am one of those therapists that will pester you to get up out of bed and get moving because lying in bed won’t do ANYONE any good. If you want to get home, meet me halfway!!

Photo of me in a Rehab Gym with some of the essential items I need to do my job - parallel bars, a walker, and sometimes a mirror for visual feedback. Not pictured is my gait belt to hold my pts in case they are unbalanced. 

Tell us a little bit about yourself, outside of work.

Outside of work, I love to go running. Ever since the Shelter in Place in California, I have barely run outside, mainly because of the virus and also for social distancing, as it is a bit hard to do that in the area I run at.

What has been the hardest part of being an essential worker and working on the frontline during COVID-19?

One of the hardest parts of being an essential worker during Covid-19 is not fully knowing who has the virus and who doesn’t. When a patient arrives from the hospital, the facility places them in “Observation” for 14 days. As we all know, sometimes one can receive a false report for COVID -19 and still have “symptoms.”

Personally, it has brought up some anxiety and paranoia for me. Constantly washing my (now cracked, dry) hands, wondering who has it out there and who doesn’t, and second-guessing myself on did I just touch my face by accident, Did I already wipe down my gait belt, my pulse oximeter and/or walker? As the weeks have gone on with Shelter In Place, I have relaxed slightly, but, it is still in the back of my mind.

What has been the most rewarding part of being an essential worker and working on the frontline during COVID-19?

The most rewarding part of being an essential worker is knowing that I am helping get someone better, lending an ear to my patients, who I know miss their family terribly and cannot leave the facility or have visitors due to this virus and that I am not the only one working during this pandemic. I don’t consider myself a “frontline worker,” but, I do think of all the RN’s, respiratory therapists, MD’s janitorial services, and many others working closely with Covid-19 patient. We really are all in this together♥️. 

Name three things you can't wait to do once states open back up?

  1. I cannot wait to go running outside, anywhere I want. I miss running in SF, alongside the Embarcadero or on the Golden Gate Bridge early morning on a Saturday or Sunday before everyone wakes up.
  2. I also can’t wait to have my share of bubble tea drinks from places like Boba Guys, Kiss my Boba, or Mr. Green Bubble Tea.
  3. Lastly, I cannot wait to go to Disneyland♥️.


What is one thing you would like to share with everyone? 

Please, please, PLEASE stay home! I know it is difficult, especially with warmer weather approaching, but, this virus is SERIOUS!! Healthcare workers are literally overworked, physically, and mentally exhausted, trying to save as many of your loved ones as possible. This virus is NOT a hoax. It’s as REAL as a heart attack or stroke. The only difference is that it takes time to show up. Thank you!!

Please be kind to others out there - hatred and attacking others - physically or verbally - is not the answer. Please be safe♥️  

Show your appreciation with us
Mana Threads created a virtual thank you card for all of you to be able to personally thank them. Giving thanks, along with words of encouragement, helps them stay strong while they continue to help this country and everyone in it. 
We hope you join us in celebrating the essential workers within all of our communities. 
Thanks again for supporting Mana Threads and our Essential Workers. 
With love and passion,
Mana Threads

Amelia Leme
Amelia Leme


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