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Thursday, September 3, 2020

Pandemic Diaries: My Health Dilemma

As I am writing this, there are seven new cases of COVID-positive cases in our area, one of whom has already died. As much as the news says that the previous MECQ was successful in lowering the number of cases in the country and experts are saying that we are nearing the flattening of the curve, it still does not feel that way to me. Without the vaccine, without the proper medication for this virus, I still do not feel safe.

There was a post on Facebook from one of the nearby hospitals about how they cannot accept more patients at this time. Another hospital that is a bit farther off has posted a similar letter online. It is really hard to think that the worst is behind us or that we are nearing some sort lowering of the curve when these are the things that you see and hear about in the area where you live. 

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I am scheduled to have my quarterly check-up with my physician this month. I have been telling my family that I am scared to go to the hospital. The one I am going to is still open, but considering that the other ones nearby are already having difficulties with the number of patients, I think that it would be logical to expect that this one will soon become overwhelmed as well. I have been careful so that I can avoid getting infected, but I am afraid that going to the hospital might expose me to the virus. 

Three months ago, I discussed this with my doctor, and he told me that it was important that I see him at least once every three months to make sure that I am doing well. Given that I am suffering from several chronic diseases, he thinks that it is more important than ever during this pandemic for me to be sure that I am getting the right medication for my condition so that I can stay healthy. I know he has a point, but that still does not alleviate my fears of getting sick from being in a hospital. 

A friend of mine has told me to be calm and not to worry. He gave me a lecture on the statistics of how many of the COVID-positive patients/people infected are asymptomatic or suffer from very mild symptoms. He says it is rare for people to have serious/critical COVID these days, and even rarer to die from it if you base it on the current numbers. I would like to believe that, but I still have anxiety over being the exception to the rule given my health condition. I know I worry too much, but these days if worrying would mean being more careful and being safer, I prefer to be a worrywart. Plus, how accurate are these numbers considering that on more than one occasion the numbers had to be adjusted to correct the entries?

Right now, I am still on the fence about going to my check-up. My mother is as anxious as I am and does not want me to go. She says if I feel fine, it may be safer to just stay at home. My sister, on the other hand, would rather that I be sure that I am healthy now so that I can be safer from the virus while the pandemic is still ongoing. They both have valid reasons for me to help make my decision but I’m still not sure which one is the right one.

If you were in my place, what would you do? Would you go to the hospital for your regular check-up and tests or would you just stay at home?


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