I hope that you’re all doing fine and thank you for the patience.
As for me, late June and pretty much most of July has been a b*tch. It all started with me feeling sick and pretty much too weak to get out of bed. I thought nothing of it at that time since it’s flu season and I always get terrible flu during these times. I just slept through it and took medications.
Things got worse when my father got sick as well. He didn’t get flu-like symptoms like me but he had severe breathing issues. That took several days before we finally decided to send him to the hospital.
Let’s get sidetracked for a moment here and let me explain in advance. In countries like mine where healthcare isn’t that great, people rarely go to the hospital because the fees can literally burn a whale-sized hole on a family’s pocket. That’s the reason why we didn’t send my father immediately to the hospital the moment he had trouble breathing.
So as you may have expected, Senior COVID visited our house. My father spent 11 days inside while I took care of any medicine that needed to be bought. My mother was too scared to come out at this time so she stayed inside the house with my younger sister. I also took precautions to sanitize and wore a mask and a face shield wherever I went. Fortunately, my father recovered and is now safe and sound, albeit having a damaged lung.
Now, just like what I said earlier, going to the hospital in my country can burn a huge hole in a family’s finances. My father’s bills amounted to around 900k or around 19k USD. Government took care of around 300k while my father’s insurance took care of around 100k. So we still have 500k or around 10k USD to take care of. I had to go around with my aunt to look for help from various social welfare agencies and we managed to scrape enough to pay everything so that my father can come out.
After that was me finding ways to get our hands on a vaccine. Fortunately I was able to get a slot and got my first dose. I don’t really believe that it would make me immune to Covid, but at the very least it would save us another huge hospital expense.
So here we are, at the tail end of July. Things have pretty much returned to normal here. My father and mother has gone back to work and there’s me typing this report.
Here’s hoping that August wouldn’t be as bad.
Thanks for coming to my TED talk, I sincerely hope you won’t experience what we had. It’s bad.
Anyway, here are today’s chapters: