“A family emergency made my husband and me attend a gathering. A few days after that, two people who had attended it, were tested COVID-19 positive. So my husband and I had to isolate ourselves and on the 14th day, we took the test. My husband’s reports came in by 8 am the next day and we were worried that I didn’t have an update on my report until 11 am.
Around 11 am we got a call from Chennai corporation authorities stating that I had tested positive, and they would want me to go into quarantine. I was asymptomatic the whole time. So I chose to treat myself at home as my family was willing to support me in it, and it made sense to do it when there’s a shortage of beds at hospitals. So, I got into isolation. We had to sanitize every object that I had come in contact with. Although my husband tested negative, he decided to stay in isolation to avoid other members from catching the infection.
I was on a regular home food diet, was making sure the utensils I use do not mix with that of the family. My in-laws were very supportive and had it not been for them, this quarantine would have been a tough one! The doctors advised me to keep a thermometer and oximeter handy to make sure I check myself often. The health department and corporation sanitized my house and the room in which I stay. They kept checking on me constantly and were very helpful throughout the period. Everything from the sanitization of the house to putting up barricades happened so fast and there was no time to react or panic, which in the hindsight was a nice thing.
As breathing difficulty is a common concern during this phase, I made sure to practice Pranayam regularly and was following the prescription my doctor and the government had sent over. My family lived downstairs, maintained social distancing, wore masks, and transferred the food to the utensils I was using during this period without coming in contact with it or me. They all took the test a few days later and were tested negative.
It is easy to slip into depression and let the virus take a toll on you while in isolation and away from people. But I made sure to keep myself busy with my work, catching up with friends, and watching a few TV shows. It is a stressful phase, but it is essential to stay calm, and my family ensured that I remained sane and was taken good care of. When we are stressed, it is normal to experience palpitations, and that only makes the situation worse. In short, there is so much that we can’t do in the confinement of our home. Say those sweet nothings that we never said to our loved ones, do those small gestures that we put away for another birthday, and be those people we always aspired to be like. Stay Safe & Stay Hopeful!”
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