Sharing my COVID-19 Experience

Maria Ligaya
Posted December 15, 2020 from Philippines
The photo was taken during my quarantine at the government isolation facility

Three weeks ago, I was confirmed with COVID-19 that I got from our colleague. I was asymptomatic; tested positive on the said virus without having symptoms such as colds and fever. 

The day that we all workers were in the office heard the result of our colleague's swab test, I went home immediately worrying for my family since my parents are senior citizens and I have siblings with mental illness. My mother also has mild.  That night, I am thinking if I should have my quarantine at home or the office; first, to avoid exposing my family and second the discrimination from neighbors and relatives if ever I also acquired the said virus. Checking updates from our office group chat, on the following day, I decided to have my 14 days quarantine at the office to have my family members not be exposed to me. 

Aside from me, other six (6) co-workers choose to quarantine at the office. The others choose to be at home. On the 4th day of our office quarantine, all the organizations' employees underwent swab testing. Out of 18 employees of a Child-rights organization that includes a driver, a total of four (4) employees were tested positive/confirmed with the COVID-19 virus. And I was included in POSITIVE cases. 

Being a COVID-19 confirmed case, I was pulled out at the office by the rapid team and brought to an isolation facility. Adding another day of quarantine in the Isolation facility was counted. On the day I was brought, I experienced the loss of taste, followed by the loss of smell and colds. I also experienced having difficulty breathing during the night. Taking vitamin C at least thrice a day, ginger tea, hot calamansi juice with mixed apple cider were my remedy for almost 14 days in the isolation facility.

Absent at work for how many days, canceling four (4) training activities, being away from home, and having sleepless nights were the effect of COVID-19 on me and the rest. This experience brought me to tears and anxiety. Adding that I am the breadwinner of the family, I still have to send money and supplies for their everyday needs such as food, medicine, and even disinfectant supplies for them to be protected from the COVID-19 virus. I have to borrow money since my salary during that period was paid to my last month's debt. I even asked for help from a friend to buy the needs of my family. 

During that time, I prayed to God that He will heal me as His gift for my birthday/Christmas gift to me. It is okay with me if I don't have a material gift or new thing as long as I am healed and my family will not be infected with the virus. 

Grateful I am that I survived from COVID-19. Praise God!!!

***By the way, this is my return post. I think my last post was dated March 27, 2019, ***

 

 

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Nini Mappo
Dec 15, 2020
Dec 15, 2020

Hello Maria,
Welcome back to the 'sisterhood'! What an ordeal you encountered with Covid:/ It is a relief that you are healed, and I join you in praising God for that. It must also be a relief for your family, and I am encouraged to read that there is a good protocol to for quarantine in your country that was observed to protect the vulnerable.
I am sorry that you suffered the financial setback because of reduced work capacity. It is often the case for a lot of people where there is no paid sick leave provided. But at least you have your health back, and as long we have health, we can have opportunity to create wealth.
I hope that your neighbors are still friendly.
All the best as you recover socially and financially, and remember to stay safe and sparkly.
God is with you :-)

Maria Ligaya
Dec 15, 2020
Dec 15, 2020

Hi Nini,
Thanks for reading my story. Actually, I didn't told my parents that I was been confirmed to COVID-19 because they are old now and they don't understand whats happening (this pandemic). What I did was I packed up my things and have my quarantine at the office to the isolation facility. As long as they are well, I believe they are okay.

Busayo Obisakin
Dec 15, 2020
Dec 15, 2020

Dear Maria
WAO! So sorry about your experience about COVID 19. Thank God you survived! I am so glad for you
Love
Busayo

Maria Ligaya
Dec 15, 2020
Dec 15, 2020

Thanks, Madame
Hopefully, all is well in your country.

Karen QuiƱones-Axalan
Dec 15, 2020
Dec 15, 2020

Hello, Maria Ligaya,

Welcome back to World Pulse! I'm so happy you are writing here again. You are among the strongest and bravest women in this world to be taking care of a mom and a sibling with mental health challenges, being a provider for your family, and now COVID-19 wants to take you down. You are tougher and stronger, Joy!

May your resilience inspire women! You inspire me. Keep on fighting, Joy! May God grant the desire of your heart!

jomarieb.earth
Dec 15, 2020
Dec 15, 2020

Dearest Maria,
Thank you so very much for sharing this profound and heartfelt post. Your story is a life experience that needs to be shared with the masses. Your post is essential. Many people are going thru unbelievable challenges due to Covid19. You are blessed with the courage to share your challenges. I thank God that you survived and live to tell us the story. Nothing can be taken for granted. Your faith, strength and perseverance are your weapons and tools to strive and recover. You uplifted me reading this story, and I know you will do the same for many others. You provide courage and hope. May you continue to recover and may your family be safe and healthy as well.
Massive hugs...JoMarie

maeann
Dec 16, 2020
Dec 16, 2020

Hi Maria Ligaya,

All is well... How amazing to read your story. Being a breadwinner in the family is very challenging. I can imagine, how you worried about yourself as well thinking of your family also. You are brave and your faith healed you. Thank God you are well now.

Paulina Nayra
Jan 09
Jan 09

Dear Maria Ligaya,
Thank you for sharing with us your COVID 19 experience and congratulations for having survived the biggest threat that is facing us today. How I wish that the office was able to provide some compensation during the days you were in isolation. Perhaps you got infected in the line of duty. Your story prompts me to think about a sort of compassionate pay for staff who had to be isolated due to COVID.
Looking forward to your next story.
Huggs.