See how a mom of two young children is balancing mom life with her own childhood dream of working in healthcare as a Respiratory Therapist at The Christ Hospital.
Have you known what you wanted to do with your life since you were little? Well, Miranda Triantafilou did.
“Growing up I always knew I wanted to work in the community changing and saving lives,” she says. “I wasn’t familiar with the respiratory care profession until I was in high school. I learned about the profession through a personal experience when my uncle was sick with lung cancer. I was immediately interested because it was a specialty.”
Today she is a Respiratory Therapist at The Christ Hospital. “We specialize in the treatment, maintenance, and diagnostics of cardiopulmonary disease,” she explains.
The world of respiratory therapy has changed in the last several weeks, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Triantafilou says that things at work have changed in that they are always wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), rather than just in patient rooms. Additionally, the hospital is currently not allowing visitors except in certain, special circumstances.
Through the COVID-19 pandemic, Triantafilou wants others to discover the importance of healthcare workers.
“Healthcare professionals really are the center of the community,” she says. “Whether it’s prevention, maintenance, or emergencies, it takes the whole health care system working together to make it effective and beneficial. There isn’t one person who won’t need medical care at least once in their lifetime.”
Outside of her job, Triantafilou is a mother to two young children, ages 3 years and 7 months.
“I am always aiming to maintain that work-life balance,” she says. “I strive to always be fully present when I’m at work so I do the same when I’m home with my family. Along with the further precautions the hospital has put in place I’ve been taking added precautions at home such as changing my clothes prior to coming home as well to allow for more of a safeguard.”
Triantafilou says that when it comes to staying safe and healthy she recommends that others refrain from living in fear, but move forward with caution.
“Frequent handwashing is key and the No. 1 way to prevent the spread of any infectious disease,” she adds. “With the economy opening and businesses starting back up it is important to be courteous as well by not going to public places if you are sick.”
Editor’s Note: This feature is part of a special “Hearts to Heroes” issue dedicated to individuals across the Tri-State working on the front lines to provide for our community. Readers nominated and our editorial board selected those included in this week’s issue. Everyone featured is also receiving a heart-filled care package of self-care products, yummy treats, and gift cards to several local shops and restaurants. Many thanks to AT&T and Leslie Young, Vice President, EVER Skincare, Stella & Dot Family of Brands for making this effort possible.