By: Alexis Marni Galang / The Dominican Gazette
“Life is not something you can take for granted,” said Ressy Rodriguez, a Dominican College of Tarlac alumnus and a Medical Technologist, as she recounted her experience with coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid- 19).
Rodriguez spends most of her time working in a private hospital in Pampanga. Due to the continuous increase of COVID-19 cases, medical personnel were required to work with a skeletal schedule covering from 24 to 32 hours of duty. Her life was literally about work until she received news that her brother tested positive for Covid- 19.
“That time I was supposed to have my first dose of the vaccine, but I found out that my brother tested positive. We took the test, and we were informed upon releasing the official results that we were all positive. I was afraid and it was an overwhelming experience. I was mentally detached for a second and I realized that I needed to pull myself through this for the sake of my family.”
She was quarantined for 14 days in New Clark City. Even if she did not have a sense of taste and smell, she made sure she constantly ate. She was able to get eight to 10 hours of sleep daily and eat a proper meal. “At that time, I was reading lots of inspirational quotations and prayers to get through the day”, Rodriguez said.
When she finally recovered and survived from Covid- 19, she recognized a lot of things about life, “I witnessed how Covid-19 changed the lives of people by transforming their greatest happiness into despair. Make an effort to your loved ones and love them. As long as you have the time even the slightest is appreciated. Be the kindest person you could ever be but with reservations.”
“Everyone can be vulnerable, and that is okay. Through this pain, you can get closer to God. Talk to Him about your sufferings. Reality speaking, you cannot do anything, even the doctors are only treating the superficial effects of COVID-19 but not the mental and emotional aftermath of it.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the lives of many and what people can do is abide by the rules and regulations set forth by the government. People must follow the protocols such as wearing a face mask and observing social distancing; with these simple acts, the spread of the virus will be prevented.
“Maintain your health, eat healthy foods, exercise, and ask for protection and guidance from God. The path of life is not easy and will make you stumble a couple of times, but my advice is to pray. And only this word will make you feel at ease.”