Here’s an update of what I have been up to for the last 10 days or so of being in-home quarantine.
Coronavirus in South Cotabato
A background story for those who are new to my blog, I work as a nurse at a hospital in a small town in South Cotabato. That is in Mindanao, the southern part of the Philippines. One thing that I am proud of is the fact that the virus reached our province much later compared to other cities and provinces in the country. As of now, we have total cases of 170+ in South Cotabato based on this tracker. When the local government announced that we were to put on lockdown for weeks to months in the beginning, we followed and everyone stayed at home. However, as a nurse, we continued to go to work as usual.
Last week, a patient came to the hospital with flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, and body malaise. This patient turned out to be positive with the coronavirus. So there, finally, after months of preparations, training on infection prevention and PPE use, and constant reminder of the disease, we’ve got a patient in our town. The problem became more complex than expected when several hospital staff experienced symptoms and later on, were positive of COVID too. For the safety and protection of the staff and the community, the hospital decided to lockdown.
So, that’s the story of how I and my other coworkers are either home quarantined or isolated at the hospital at the moment. Luckily for me, I don’t have symptoms but the process to get to this day was scary and worrisome. Especially of the possibility that I might give it to somebody at home with a weaker immune defense. I personally believe that if I get the virus, I’ll still survive. Unless my body will fail me and the virus is shockingly stronger, then I would end up dead. But I would feel terribly guilty if one of my aunts or uncles would get the virus from me and they suffer from it.
It’s turning alright though. I’m fine and so are my relatives, thank goodness. For the past few days, I have slept and rested as much as I like, ate healthily and exercise well. I watched a few movies but prefer documentaries on Netflix. Youtube videos make me laugh, relax, and be inspired. Without the internet, I would be bored to death, for sure. My only hope though is that the internet will be more stable and faster in the Philippines.
I’ve got a lot of time to read too so I’m reading nursing-related information for future plans. And since I’m on quarantine, I decided to enroll myself in a BLS and ACLS courses online through Heart Solutions Mindanao. This is so that when it’s PRC ID renewal time again, I would be prepared for my CPD units.
For fictional books, I have not read anything yet but a piece of exciting news, Ilona Andrews has just released their new book, Emerald Blaze. In my previous post, I shared my favorite novel authors and Ilona Andrews is one of them.
My crochet works are getting bigger and better, I hope. My latest finished product was a cellphone holder. It’s chubby looking, I know because I didn’t count religiously. It fits the phone though, it works for me. =)
At the moment, I’m working on an iPad holder. My stock of yarn is running out, unfortunately. So, I need to order online soon.
I’m excited to share that my workout routine is turning out well too. My thoughts when I first started is that there should be something good coming out from this pandemic. For me, it is that I become healthier and stronger through exercise. And so for the past months, I tried to be more active and doing more exercise. My favorites are The Fitness Marshall because I love dancing and POPSUGAR Fitness. Recently though, I have fallen in love with Chloe Ting’s free programs. She has a website and youtube channel where you can see all her programs. The workout is challenging and the more you do it, the stronger you become. Go check her out if you fancy exercising.
I can definitely see some changes in my body. If I’ll burn my lower abs fats more, I might write another post about it. We’ll see. =)
I hope you all are safe and healthy. Until my next update, cheers!
(PS: Who likes my featured image for this post? I think it’s funny and sad at the same time.)