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‘I am now in a position to advocate from a nursing and personal point of view’

It took me a little while to write my story, but today God showed me it’s time to share this so people can understand the reality of the Covid-19 pandemic.

More than two weeks ago I had the clinic sterilised for the safety of staff and patients. A few days after that I developed a sore throat and a dry cough.

Luckily I didn’t go to the office because then the fogging would have been in vain. The day after that I developed shortness of breath and loss of taste and smell. I knew this was it. Within a day I couldn’t breathe or even stand on my own two feet. This was the worst thing that happened to me.

My husband took me for testing and, based on the fact that I was in such a bad space, also took the test. Two days later our results came back and we both tested positive.

The results came a few days before my husband’s 50th birthday. I looked at him and thought, how can the Western Cape government decide it will not test people under 55?

I also realised how fortunate we are, and felt immense pain for people who cannot afford to be tested.

My health deteriorated so quickly that our doctor insisted I be admitted to hospital, which I refused because I was waiting for my children’s results.

The results came... my elder daughter was negative and my younger positive. I felt so helpless.

Again I realised how fortunate we were to have two bathrooms, which my elder daughter would use while we self-isolated.

At times I pleaded to God, saying surely this is how George Floyd must have felt as someone was obstructing his breath?

In this time people still texted me for medical advice, especially related to Covid-19.

Never once did I stop assisting the community, because I knew exactly how it felt if you don’t have the resources to help yourself.

My husband turned our bedroom into a mini-hospital. Oxygen in place, drip on. I had to administer my own medication with the help of my husband and daughters. Again, blessings.

There were times I could not even hold my phone to respond to the community’s questions, but slowly and surely I managed to help where I could.

Thank you to all who assisted us. Thank you, Jesus, for choosing me to carry this cross. I am now in a position to advocate both from a nursing and personal point of view. I am shocked to learn how ignorant people are of Covid-19.

You can see and feel that people don’t want to come near you. Sad, but true. God is faithful. Wednesday 24 June was our last day in self-isolation, and I’m overjoyed!

. Sister Pharo will share her experience tomorrow (Wednesday 1 July) at 15:00 on Radio Atlantis 107.9fm.

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