As the saying goes, experience is the best teacher. My COVID experience too taught me a lot of things and many valuable lessons for life.
On 23rd September 2020, my husband and I were over the moon. I was expecting and my due date for C-section was 24th September. Everything was alright and we went for our last check-up to our doctor. We were anxious, excited and also nervous for the arrival of the new member of our family. I did my antigen test for COVID, which was negative. Thankfully, I also got the PCR test done, the results of which were to be released after 48 hours only.
After check-up, we went back home for preparation of the maternity bag and hospital stay. We had a light dinner and prayed to God for the well being of our child. I got admitted on 23rd September night, as the surgery was scheduled for 24th early morning. The hospital staff was friendly and polite. They took very good care and saw to it that we were comfortable.
The next morning, our big day had arrived. Our little bundle of joy arrived at 8.30 am. We were happy to no bounds. Our whole family was thrilled with joy. Our family was calling everybody to give good news and sending pics of new one.
All our joy and excitement was over when at 5.00 pm, the PCR test report arrived. It was positive! It felt like the ground beneath my feet collapsed. Deep fear enveloped my mind and I was worried for my child, what if he had COVID too!
I started crying. The same people who were caring for me in the hospital started distancing from me. I wanted to hold my child but was not allowed to. I was shifted to the Corona ward of the same hospital and my baby was with my parents. I realised that God shows his presence in the form of parents and they love you unconditionally.
Sadness engulfed my mind, I was literally inconsolable. I wondered why God was punishing me. The nurse came to me and said the more you cry, the harder and longer it will take for you to fight the virus. She urged me to have faith in God. I realised even she was away from her loved ones to take care of patients like me.
That’s when I realised that the medical professionals do such great service to mankind. They make so many sacrifices to treat people.
Sometimes life gives you the best surprises from unexpected quarters. When I was shifted to the Corona ward, I called up my house help and told her everything and adviced her to get herself tested. She told me I should not worry and called me every single day to check on me. She even helped me with household chores after I was discharged from hospital. This just shows that some relations, though not connected by blood are stronger than some blood relations. I will forever be indebted to her.
My COVID experience taught me the importance of relations and loved ones. They are the ones you should be cherishing every single day of your life.
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