By JOENALD MEDINA RAYOS
NASUGBU, Batangas – TO be positive with corona virus is not necessarily be your end in this world. There’s always a God of hope that cares for His children.
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2
That in all things, God may be glorified! Thus, a triumphant covid-19 survivor quipps as she was discharged at The Medical City – South Luzon in Sta. Rosa, Laguna last Monday.
Ariane Tee Khey, the 29-year old single mom from Nasugbu, Batangas shares how she survives her ordeal after being tested positive for COVID-19. She had her first swab samples taken on March 17, the result of which was released on the 5th day, March 22. She is Nasugbu’s confirmed COVID-19 positive case identified as Patient No. 2 as reported by the Municipal Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Office (MDRRMO) on March 23.
“It is not easy to be in a situation where you are being blamed for something you are also a victim of.
Nevertheless, instead of hate, I hope positivity, love, and peace will still prevail. God is above all,” she posted on the 7th day of her isolation.
In her heart, she remained positive and calm. Thus she wrote: “#PositiveButStillPositive Ala Eh, Batangueña ata are. Barako kami.”
All along her trivial confinement, Ariane draws her strength from her own faith in God.
“Para akong nagkaroon ng retreat with God sa loob ng 12 days. I repent and ask for forgiveness. I lifted all my worries and fears to him and here I am with the care of frontliners, optimism in life, and with God. I am healed!
Una sa lahat, humihingi ako kapatawaran sa mga taong na-exposed sakin,” she said. She was referred to TMC South Luzon even she was asymptomatic. But her first swab test on March 22, Positive.
“I never had fever, cough, cold or shortness of breathe. None of those. How is it possible to have the virus in your body but it is not affecting me badly?”, she asked.
“Incubation period ng virus ay at least 4 days bago mag onset symptoms from the day you were exposed to a positive case,” Arianne shared, quoting what her attending physician, Dr. Mark Kristoffer Pasayan, an internist specializing in infectious diseases, told her.
The, Ariane continued to share her story as follows:
“Here’s my story:
Simula palang January when there was a PUI chinese who died due to Pneumonia. I know for a fact that the virus is already everywhere. Kahit di pa kinu-confirm ang 1st case. Bumili ako ng vitamin C and multivitamins. Sa isang araw dalawang Cecon tas nag-Enervon ako. 1500mg vitamins a day. I make sure to eat properly, drink lots of water, tulog ng tama. Prevention is better than cure.
March 15, I felt body pain and mild sore throat.
March 16, nawala na ung mild sore throat pero may konting joint pain. Nagpa-check up ako sa hospital sa Balayan. Just then I was classified as PUM.
March 17, when someone I had close contact tested positive. Agad akong nakipag coordinate sa RHU Nasugbu. Naghanap ako ng hospital kung saan my swab test at para magpa-isolate.
Things went crazy. I fainted due to anxiety. Ininject nila ako ng pang pakalma that made me groggy and sleepy. I felt helpless. I told God, whatever my purpose is, I am willing to take it. I surrender myself to you.
Being admitted in the Isolation Room without anyone beside me was depressing. Buong floor mararamdaman mo yung anguish ng PUIs (persosn under investigation), Covid Patients. May umiiyak, may umuubo. Di mo alam (kung) ano mangyayari sa ‘yo. Whether may magde-develop na symptoms at magiging malala. Ikaw lahat (ang) gagawa para sa sarili mo. Very limited yung pasok ng medical staff. Mahirap. Napakahirap. This is when anxiety and depression kicks in. Im having hairfall and stress-induced dandruff. I am praying hard to God to give me strength and spare my family from the virus. Hindi nila kakayanin ung sitwasyon sa hospital.
March 23, at 3pm someone messaged me about the update of Covid positive in Nasugbu. I had no idea. No one’s talking to me regarding the result. It turned out, I tested positive for COVID19. Sa facebook ko nalaman. How traumatic the experience was. The news escalated easily. I cried for hours, thinking I might have infected my son. How some people could actually condemn me for having the virus. Wala pong tao ang gusto makahawa at mahawa. Some of my close friends and family friends consoled me. Naging excessive na yung hairfall ko, natutulala, nanginginig, nawawala sa ulirat. Yung stigma, grabe (ang) epekto. Again, I prayed for guidance, strength and clear mind to face the situation.”
But she remained faithful to God and surrendered everything to Him. “God is good. You know why?”, she continued. And she narrated more about her worrisome journey…
“Even if I tested positive,
- March 17 up to present wala akong naging moderate to severe symptoms. Body pain and mild sore throat lang na nawala nung March 18. (2 days after onset)
- Chest Xray and Blood test (WBC lang tumaas) are both okay.
- Nakaswero lang ako na every 12hrs nauubos (alternate NS and LRS). Medication sinupret 3x a day and Orahex gargle after every meal.
- My family’s swab test came back negative. They were exposed to me for 4 days. Imagine that. I was too afraid na baka mag-positive kapatid ko kasi magkatabi kami matulog, isang room, nag-share ng food, magkayakap for 4 days but with God’s grace he spared her.
- Kahit sobrang depressing nilabanan ko yung stigma. I cried but I stood up. I have to because I want to recover.
- Bilib ang mga nurse sa lakas ng resistensya ko dahil para akong walang covid. Pinili kong maging positive despite the situation.
March 29, I got the news. Dumating ang swab test result ko and both came back negative. March 17 ang 1st swab ko na nag-positive. Yes 5 days lang naging pagitan.
Timeline: March 17 – 1st swab, positive. March 22 – 2nd swab, negative. March 26 – 3rd swab, negative.
Hindi ako pinahirapan ng Diyos. Oo positive ako pero hindi ako malma. Wala akong sakit na naramdaman kundi yung sakit lang ng karayom at pangungulila sa aruga ng pamilya.
I am still blessed.”
Recovering fast from the her painful medical journey, Ariane shared more, hoping to inspire the public about battling against the pandemic that keeps on claiming more lives across the globe.
Keep on reading on her notes about COVID-19.
“What we can do now is be cautious and treat everyone like they have COVID. Why? The truth is, we dont know whether we are infected or not. Malalaman mo na lang pag nagpa-test ka. Kaso bago ka magpa-test may algorithm na sinusunod. If you don’t qualify, you’ll never know. May mga tao na walang symptoms, (pero) unknowingly, nakakahawa (na) while my ibang tao na mahina ang resistensya at may symptoms na visible kaya iniiwasan agad. Ikaw sa sarili mo, tinatak mo na possibleng may Covid ‘tong nakakasalamuha ko, ikaw na mismo mag-a-adjust at susunod sa sinasabi ng DOH. Social distancing, proper hygiene, etc.
Pangalawa, handa ang may alam. Focus na lang sa mga verified information and ‘wag ng ubusin ang energy sa paghahanap kung sino, taga saan, sino pamilya, ilan na namamatay, sino na infected sa gantong bayan. Hindi ito healthy. Kahit malaman ninyo pinapahina n’yo lang resistensya n’yo sa sobrang pag-iisip at stress. Nabagsak ang katawan ‘pag masyado tayong nag-iisip. Labanan n’yo; kayo lang po makakatulong sa sarili n’yo. PUM, PUI at Covid Patient lang po ang meron. Wag na idagdag ang PUP (Person under Paranoia)
Pagatlo, Vitamin C. Personally, feeling ko, ito po siguro naging dahilan kaya sobrang lakas ng resistensya ko. Natutulog ako ng 7 hrs, kumakain ng tama, umiinom ng maraming tubig.
Pang-apat, pag may nararamdaman ay wag pong balewalain. Hindi po tayo pwede mag-self medicate sa panahon na to. Oo, common symptoms. Don’t be scared. Wag na natin paabutin sa punto na lumala pa nararamdaman; makipag-uganyan sa baranggay at hayaan nyo na ang iisipin ng iba. Isipin nyo muna sarili at pamilya nyo bago ang iisipin ng iba. People tends to discriminate because they are ignorant. Pag may alam ka di ka matatakot kasi alam mo paano ito labanan at ano dapat gawin.
Iba ang case pag may comorbidity, elderly, and high-risk pregnancy. Be very vigilant and cautious.
Wala pong gamot ang COVID. Gagamutin lang kayo sa mga lumalabas na karamdaman. Pero ang totoo, immune system nyo ang lalaban sa virus. Maging physically and mentally healthy para kaya ng katawan nyo. Again, kayo lang po tutulong sa sarili nyo.”
God and God alone
“I have realizations nung naka-confine ako. Baka kasi, this is bound to happen dahil nakakalimutan na natin Siya. Masyado na tayong focus sa material na bagay. Na kahit kasama natin family natin ay lagi lang tayong naka-phone, na nakakalimutan natin na happy things in life are free.”
Road to full-recovery
After her two swab test turn out to be negative, Ariane, then will observe another 14 days of isolation to be considered as fully-recovered patient. “Just another 14 days bago ko mayakap ang anak at pamilya ko. Another 14 days at may IMMUNITY na ako sa Covid.”
Patient Ariance is very grateful to all frontliners who have dutifully and painstakingly attend to her needs during her confinement.
“Sa The Medical City South Luzon. Maraming salamat sa pag-accomodate at pag-aalaga sa’min ng husto. Bukod sa maganda at malinis facility at masasarap na pagkain. Isa lang marereklamo ko sobra sa lamig ng aircon, nakakaputi po. Ibang-iba ang mga frontliners dito. They still put a happy smile and good tone of voice na nakaka-uplift ng worries. Kay Doc sa ER at ER Nurses na duty ng March 17 na gumawa ng paraan para ma-admit kami. Kay Dr. Pasayan (infectious disease physician), Nurse Abby Gelle, Nurse Jasmine, Nurse Rosima at sa iba pang nag-attend sa’kin salamat po.
Sa lahat ng frontliners, hang in there! Thank you for being true to your sworn duties. Hats off! Stay strong.
Sa RHU Nasugbu, Dra. Sarah and Nurse Grace. NDRRMC Kuya Chris (ambulance) sa pag asikaso po sa’kin salamat.
Dr. Tugade for bringing our essential and giving psychotherapy thru phone. Nurse Karen (my cousin) gumawa ng way para mabilihan kami ng grocery. Salamat.
I couldn’t thank you all enough for all the prayers, encouragement, and help sa family ko. Hindi ko po malalabanan kundi dahil sa tulong n’yo. Everything has purpose and I believe my purpose is to share with you that after COVID there is still life for us. This is not the end but just a start of brand new beginning.”
While still on isolation in her hometown, Ariane appeals to the public for continued prayer, understanding and unity.
“Instead of hate, ipagdasal po natin lahat ng Covid Patient, Family affected at frontliners na bigyan sila ng lakas para lumaban. Hindi po biro ang pinagdadaanan nila physically and psychologically. Please, STOP THE STIGMA. This is not going to help the situation. We should all unite and help one another. Pray for one another. It’s time for everyone to do our part. Tulungan natin ang gobyerno na labanan ang pandemic na ito para makabalik na tayo sa normal. Let’s flatten the curve and let God be in tontrol. STAY SAFE and STAY AT HOME.” | – BALIKAS News Network