Preparing the Kids
During the time they were in quarantine, Cristaline made sure it was as normal as possible for her little girl. “We both wore masks the whole time we were isolated at home, even when we were sleeping. I was really grateful her symptoms did not worsen, so she was still able to attend her online classes. I wanted her everyday routine to not be affected by this family crisis and I tried my best to not look sad or down because she could see me, and that could affect her. Our family doctor also advised that she take sodium ascorbate twice a day and to continuously monitor her temperature and symptoms.”
She continued: “I explained everything to her, as soon as we found out her Daddy had to be separated from us. I had to prepare her for the experience of a swab test, as I knew it would be uncomfortable for young kids. She even wanted us to try doing it with cotton buds, but I laughed it off and told her she just needed to be brave. I explained COVID to her in a way she would understand: that we all got the virus and that she needed to inform me about everything she would feel so we could do something about it.”
Coordinating with the Network of Support
Aside from continuously updating their physicians, the family also coordinated with a barangay official for daily temperature monitoring. Their data was then forwarded to the assigned health worker in the area.
“As a mother, I will do everything in my might to protect my daughters. The pandemic has been a really challenging time, much more so when we caught the virus,” she mused.
But the strength of a mother is unlike any other—and Cristaline is a living proof of this. Heavy with a child in her belly, she gave her best to take care of another child in front of her.
Where did she get that incredible amount of strength to survive this ordeal? “My family is everything to me. Throughout the one month we were isolated, I prayed hard every day for healing and protection for everyone. I also took care of myself, so that I could take care of the people I love.”