By Shiela G. Gelera
Spending Christmas Eve with the family while enjoying some sumptuous holiday dishes would be nice to experience, but not for a 28-year-old nurse who is assigned at the COVID Ward of a public hospital in Bacolod City.
This coming December 24 and 25 would be the third year of Nurse Love to be spending Christmas Eve and Christmas Day alone, far from her husband and two kids.
But this year’s different because she could no longer immediately rush home after her shift, because of the threat of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
She definitely knows the dangers brought by the virus, as she have been witnessing and battling together with COVID patients this traitor enemy that had already killed thousands of people in our country alone.
Being assigned at the COVID Ward of the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital in Bacolod City wasn’t easy, but it never crossed Nurse Love’s mind to quit because she needed to provide for her family.
Some medical workers may have already temporarily stopped working because of the risk of contracting the virus and worst is infecting their respective families, but Nurse Love has to keep going because of her inspiration – her kids, including the youngest, who passed away two years ago.
She would only cry every time she misses her 8-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son, who are being taken care of by her parents in Sagay City, Negros Occidental, that is around 80 kilometers away from Bacolod.
Her husband, who was working in Cebu, had been locked down for seven months and it was only in October when he had been able to come home in Sagay.
Thanks to the technology that Nurse Love could still see and talk to her kids and husband. She would usually videocall them during her off-shift.
“Makahilidlaw gid ang Christmas (I really miss Christmas),” said Nurse Love.
She may not be spending the holidays with her family, but being one of the frontliners, Nurse Love is more than blessed to be in service of the COVID patients, who need the most care during this pandemic.
For Nurse Love, this year would be Christmas at the COVID ward./SG, WDJ