To say I was worried when my mom had to go into quarantine at Caura would be putting it mild but we both knew it was an obvious step and that God would carry us through these long weeks.
The videos and countless articles on social media did not do much to calm fears so there were times where I would have to disconnect from social sites or just pass these articles by. The most complaints I heard were from my kids who were missing their grandma! But coping during this time was made easier with the continued well wishes and prayer from family.
Thankfully mom had no symptoms before being diagnosed, she never complained about body pains, there was no sign of fever and there was no cough. The only worry was before her positive diagnosis she was in a common area with others, so there is no telling if she may have passed it on to others or gotten it from someone there.
While I wondered what would be the next step family and friends had already stepped up to the plate doing so much more than she could ask for. This was important as social media spoke about lack of information and communication towards family on the outside.
The great thing was we never lacked the ability to communicate as she had her cell phone on her at all times. This was extremely important as the only measure of how she was doing was when we called her via Whatsapp.
One thing I would have liked from the Caura facility would be some communication as to her ongoing health maybe every three days or so. As this was something new to the medical community I hope this can be considered going forward. This can be done via whatsapp or a secure database that allows family members to login and get basic information.
As for the wider community we may have thought that this was a passing disease that would be over in a month or never reached our shores, but going forward we need to pay a lot more attention to this diseases and the way in which our personal lives can affect others.