'It is a cesspool of funky flu'

Brandon Parsons
February 4, 2018

Katherine Smith Lockler posted her frustrated flu-rant to Facebook after coming off a 12-hour shift at the hospital.

"Also wash your stinking hands so you don't get your babies sick", she adds.

"I saw a dad with a toddler crawling on the floor in the emergency room and I approached him and I said, 'Hey dad, I do not feel that that's a wise decision, your child is being exposed to some really nasty germs on this emergency room floor, '" she told the newspaper.

"There's a cesspool of funky flu at the ER right now", Lockler said. "Please don't bring your team in".

Lockler goes on to share ER horror stories, like the father who let his baby to crawl on the floor, and the softball coach who brought his whole team. "My hands didn't because it's unbelievable to watch how many people come through the emergency room, sneeze in their hand and I watch".

But Katherine insists she didn't mean to undermine anyone's intelligence, she just wanted people to understand how they can take the correct precautions to get themselves disinfected. But there are probably several weeks left of increasing flu activity this season, she warned. "I'm gonna teach y'all a magic trick, it's wonderful".

"Some of them are not true emergencies, but they're waiting along with the flu right next to them".

Part of what's made the almost seven-minute-long video so polarizing was the sarcastic inflection and animated facial expressions and gestures Lockler used at times to get her point across.

Speaking to the Pensacola News Journal, Lockler discussed and apologized for the tone of the video - kind of.

As is the case with most viral Internet videos, Lockler's recording, titled "After Work Thoughts", was received positively and negatively.

ER Dr. Armand Dorian says Nurse Lockler's concerns about emergency rooms are legitimate.

And the message is indeed right on the money, especially this flu season.

"I believe there's a smidgen of mockery in my voice in light of the fact that the guidelines were given such a large number of times and they were not gotten well", Lockler said.

So if you see a doctor or nurse, thank them for the work they're doing, Lockler asked.

"Not taking advice (which I already know) from someone that is talking to the general public like we are all 5 years old", someone commented on her Facebook thread, leading to its own retort from another viewer: "The general public acts like they're 5". It may not have been her intention, but she is thrilled that her important message is getting out.

High levels of flu-like illness were reported in 42 states, up from 39 states the previous week, and cases were geographically widespread across every state but OR and Hawaii.

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