This blog has been on hiatus for a year now. The first and last post was January 2019 and I have been on hiatus because I cannot decide how to start or what to write in this personal blog. I also didn’t like my theme back then, I have been looking for the right theme that would somehow make me feel at home.
Today, I have decided to finally put this blog into good use. I would like to start writing about my COVID 19 Lockdown experience. A day or two before the news about lockdown broke out, we were in the hospital. My daughter and I was admitted because of different health problems. I had a headache, I was vomiting and high fever. My daughter on the other hand was also experiencing high fever and vomiting and her Pedia decided to admit her because she doesn’t like to eat. I, on the other hand, requested the Doctor to admit me because I do not feel good at all and I was thinking that it would be best if both of us will be admitted at the same time and be discharged from the hospital at the same time also. Luckily, my daughter was feeling okay after 2-3 days at the hospital , her fever was gone, she’ not vomiting anymore and she’s for discharged already. I, on the other hand, was diagnosed with typhoid and UTI and was medicated for it, after 4 days I was discharged also and had medicines to bring home for a week. We were discharged the day my soldier husband arrived (from active duty, requested to have his RNR just to take care of his sick wife and daughter), he was worried and I am glad his boss allowed him to take some time off from work to be there for us.
A day after we were discharged, I think it was when President Duterte announced a Community Quarantine and from that day forward our lives changed.
I used to travel to the city twice or thrice a week, to go to the bank, pay bills, do some groceries, eat out with the kids, and even watch movies. But after the announcement, even though we were located in the province, we followed the call to stay at home. Even though the school didn’t announced it yet, I told my children to just stay at home, be absent, I don’t care as long as they are safe. And truth be told, DepEd announced that there will be no school because of the virus.
We stayed at home, luckily my husband was still here, so he’s the one who would go out and buy food, medicines and do everything that we really need to do like go to the bank and pay some bills. He goes out once a week, and before he went inside our home, he would take a bath, all his clothes will be washed immediately, the car keys and his phone and other stuffs would sterilized/sanitized in our EcoMom UV Sterilizer, the car will be left under the sun, all the things he bought will be washed in the dirty kitchen before it will be brought in the house. A lot has changed but we followed the government’s request in order to flatten the curve.
After a week of community quarantine I had anxiety. Maybe because of what is happening not only in the Philippines but in the whole world. I am scared not for myself, but for my family, my children. We have an enemy we cannot see and there is no cure for it. My parents are both senior citizens, we have 3 children which are vulnerable to the virus. I cannot even rely on my immune system, if I am strong enough if ever the virus catches on me. I am literally scare for my loved ones life.
But, if there is one thing I am thankful for, is that my husband was here all these time. It was a blessing in disguise I guess, the sickness me and my daughter had before the community quarantine. He was here to assist me, take care of me and the kids, he was here to cook, fix everything in the house that needs fixing, bought everything that we need, and he leads the Holy Rosary every night.
We have been praying the Holy Rosary every night since then. We taught our children how to pray the Holy Rosary and it is the only thing that made us strong all this time. We prayed for our family, our friends, the front liners, the health workers, the uniformed men, and the whole world. Basically, COVID 19 brought us more closer to each other and to GOD. This is my realization, a virus made us realized that we should go back to pray the Holy Rosary again. Something we came to forget. And I made a promise to continue doing and praying the Holy Rosary even when this pandemic will finally come to an end.
When this Community Quarantine will end, the first thing we will do, is pray the Holy Rosary. To thank God for sparing us, to thank Him for His goodness, to thank Him for ending the pandemic earlier and to thank Him for not leaving us in our darkest days.
Family and friends, we have so many time to spend right now, let us spend 15 minutes every day to pray the Holy Rosary. I am encouraging you to pray together with your families. We usually pray at 9 pm every night. You can pray with us if you like. Thank you so much for reading this first post about my Covid 19 experience and wait for more.