THESE are really difficult times. The lockdowns not only pushed us to stay at home but also introduced a lifetime change. I did try to adjust by doing some exercises like going up the hills near our house but I also lost my discipline by losing track of my diet. I realized this one day when, while doing something, my sight began playing tricks on me. When I had my son take my blood pressure, I soon found out it had reached more than 200,
I did settle down a bit minutes after but I ended up telling my wife about what happened. We decided to go to the doctor, which was not easy because of the quarantine protocols. We rode a tricycle that was made to follow a circuitous route to the hospital. I was given medicines and was told to go back for laboratory tests the next day. We all know what this entails: money.
Since I retired,I have become dependent mainly on a pension that is not much. And the lockdowns made sure that any savings I had would be depleted. And the sari-sari store that I set up is not a big earner. That is why it is really difficult to get sick nowadays. That does not include the worries about also getting the coronavirus.
I am not fully well now, especially after a bad case of migraine and “pasmo” hit me a week ago. I am resting because I have been slowed down by muscle pains. I still have to recover enough to be able to go back to my daily routine. And when I go through something like this, I always seek the help of God.
But at least the situation, as far as Covid 19 is concerned, is starting to ease up. In Cebu province, Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia is talking about reopening the economy, of going back to normal. In Cebu City, reports are getting to be encouraging as Covid 19 infections have lessened, meaning that admissions in hospitals and quarantine have eased.
That this is happening even if vaccination against the coronavirus has not started is an encouraging development. As for the vaccines, claims that a vaccine will already be available by the end of the year or early next year is another encouraging thing. It does seem like God has heard our prayers. I just hope life will continue to get better because people like us are really feeling the crunch.
My son is finally going to college online while his brother, who is still in junior high school, is waiting for the opening of public school classes in October. My older son can now stay for hours inside his room without us checking what he is doing. The problem is, of course, the internet connection. Our application online with PLDT has not been acted upon.
As they say, you win some, you lose some. I think things will start to settle down online with a new telecom firm set to operate and a cable firm aggressively shifting towards this direction. Sooner or later we will be back to normal, whatever that normal would be. That is what I have also been fervently hoping for.