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Get To Know: Kyndra Gardner, pathology technician, Microbiology Lab

Kyndra Gardner

Learn what it's like to work in our lab during COVID-19

Kyndra Gardner is a “true unsung hero,” according to Chris Doern, Ph.D., director of clinical microbiology. As a pathology technician in the Microbiology Laboratory, Kyndra manages most of the specimens the lab receives for testing. She recently shared some of her thoughts about what it’s like to work in the lab during COVID-19.

What is a day on the job like since the pandemic began?

It's been pretty busy learning all about the new test and keeping up with the changes every day. 

What has been most different from "normal" days in the hospital?

I would have to say our work volume has been the most different, and not seeing a lot of people roaming the hospital.

What has been most difficult for you during the pandemic?

I would say the most difficult thing work-related has been keeping up with the different changes every day and handling the COVID specimens as they come in. Personally, it’s been very hard not traveling to see my sister and nephews, who live in North Carolina.

Have you seen any moments of hope or kindness in the hospital that you would like to share?

Yes, I’ve seen a lot of kindness shown ever since the pandemic started. The appreciation and love that has been shared is absolutely mind-blowing and heartwarming. Seeing our name (Micro) written on walls and the simple thank you from everyone is so encouraging.

What are you doing to take care of your well-being during the pandemic?

I’m doing everything from eating to exercising to stay sane. I love to cook but never really had enough time to do it, so finding new recipes has been my new hobby.

What do you most look forward to doing when the pandemic ends?

I’m so looking forward to a vacation and just being able to have family, friends gathering.

Would you like to share any words of encouragement for your fellow team members?

Hang in there. You are doing a great thing, and your hard work isn’t going unnoticed. I’m proud to be part of the Micro team, and I encourage you to stick with it and don’t give up. This too shall pass.