I got tested for the virus last week. Thank God it’s negative! But as I’ve told my hubby, we should still stay cautious and careful. The reasons why I got tested is first, my hubby have been abroad two weeks before the lock down and community quarantine and after his trip he developed some flu like symptoms. And then the other reason is that I’m a health worker. It’s not mandatory to test but we should because we’re working with high risk people. At the same time, I got sick too.
I’m not afraid to get the virus. I’m confident enough that my immune system can handle the Covid19. But, I worry about the people around me. Who’s going to look after my child if I get sick? Did my boss found someone to work in my behalf?
I got tested inside the car in a parking lot. The nurse in full hazmat suit came to me and asked me to remain seated in the car and gave me the instructions on taking the sample from my nose (nasopharyngeal swab). I was surprised because I never expected that I had to do it myself and I’ve never done it before. Not even on the nursing lab at school! So there I was sitting anxiously in the car. Pulled the car visor down while the nurse tried to cheer me up. She then handed me the long cotton bud (ca 10 cm long) and asked me to close the car window. The first 5 cm went well even though I find it disgusting and uncomfortable but after that I took a pause because it’s starting to irritate my nasal passage. I tried to bargain but the nurse insisted that I should keep pushing down the cotton bud thing further down my pharynx. Huhu.. I hate you Covid19!
It took two days before they called and told me the result. I was relieved that no one in the household is sick with this killer Covid19 and finally we don’t have to isolate us. It means that we can finally go out to buy some groceries and I can finally come back to work after my flu symptoms are gone.
About the situation here. Norway is still on a lock down. The line and the numbers are looking good so far. The department of health said that the imposed community quarantine and social distancing rules are working so far (they believe). They are hoping to gradually losen the lock down and quarantine maybe after the Easter. It’s alright to hope but I’m sceptical. Maybe Norway’s numbers are still in the “calm before the storm”.
Anyway, I hope everyone stays healthy and sane in this very special situation that we’re in right now. The world is full of negativity but a little negativity is good, like a negative Covid19 test result.
Pasalubong is a Filipino term for gift/s usually from people who have been on a trip to other places or even just after a trip to the grocery. It could be anything from snacks to toys. The one who is buying the pasalubong does it out of love and expects nothing in return. So, as I’ve said it’s a gift. It doesn’t have to be expensive too. Because the idea of pasalubong is sharing your blessings and at the same time showing the person who is receiving it that you think about him/her while you travel. It is also a part of the Filipino culture.
Last month, my parents came back from their vacation from the Philippines and they bought us lots of pasalubong. I was surprised because I never expected that they’ll buy me more than 2 packs of banana chips. They bought us 2 small Purefoods corned beef, 2 packs of Sustagen chocolate drink, 10 packs of Quaker Oat cereals, a pack of Lengua (a butter cookie type), pajamas and books for my L.O., and 2 packs of Meiji Macadamia chocolate. I guess they just missed me and their grandchild a lot! 😀 lol! Aside from that, they asked me for a list of stuff that I wanted them to buy for me (will make a separate blog post about that). Like for instance, some prescription free meds. My parents know that I miss the Philippines so much and my favorite snacks are there. 🙂
How about in your culture? Do you buy pasalubong to your love ones as well?
For the very obvious reason, Covid19 is making headlines. It has become a pandemic. I cannot blame the people from worrying, but what I think is unecessary thing to do is to hoard food and medical supplies as if the world is going to end because of the virus. The virus spreads through droplets by sneezing, coughing and touching contaminated stuff like for example money that came from someone who is infected and sneezed/coughed on the money. Many have died both private people and health workers. But it is still curable. It just that it spreads faster and has a higher mortality rate than for example, a typical flu virus. The best way to minimize the risk of transmitting the virus is to wash hands often and as much as possible to not touch the face.
We can try to prevent getting sick by staying at home and avoiding crowded places. However, there are circumstances that you are obliged to go out. And somehow and somewhere someone in your household might catch the virus and you get sick. I’m not scaring anyone but this virus could be anywhere.
Since there is no vaccine for Covid19 (yet) and since this a virus, there is no medicine against it. We have no choice but to fight it. Our body has to fight it. In our Biology class we are thought that we have this micro soldiers in our system that fights intruders, like viruses, bacteria and etc. These micro soldiers are the white blood cells or the leucocytes and these are produced in our bones. So, it is very important that we drink our milk everyday because of Calcium. Also, vitamin D is important too for our bone health and immune system, as it aids in the absorption of Calcium.
Scientists, microbiologists and medical doctors are working round the clock to make a vaccine. Our health workers especially those in the frontline are risking their lives to help the infected and give strength to those who are dying. We can help our medical team by staying inside and as much as possible avoid getting sick these days. Because what actually kills is not the virus itself, but the lack of medical attention due to the higher number of patients vs medical staff (respirators). Let the situation in Italy be a lesson to everyone. Do not underestimate the virus!