I love helping people, even if it’s risky. That’s how and why I decided to be a nurse practitioner. I thought I’d seen the worst until this pandemic hit each and every place in the world.

Being in the hospital is not safe, but we have to do what we have to do. I’ve attended to different types of patients, even those who have tested COVID positive. We always make sure to give our very best to treat patients and even though every day is never the same, it’s a relief that some of those who have tested positive, have gone home feeling much better.

One thing I never thought about was catching the virus myself. I am and have been exposed to different viruses every single day I go to the hospital and as a nurse, I know how important it is to take care of myself. A little over a month ago, I thought I was just feeling off due to transitioning of the weather and it’s been pouring rain for days nonstop. I managed to go to work on that day but I was feeling feverish. When I got home, I made sure to do what I usually do after work and took my vitamins. The following day, I did not expect that I will be calling out for work as I was feeling groggy. My throat was so dry and itchy and I was having a hard time breathing. Little did I know but I’d already caught the virus!

I got tested just to be certain and yes, I was COVID positive. I live alone and didn’t risk having any of my family come near me. I took care of myself the same way I take care of patients in the hospital. Luckily, I felt much better after almost a week. After I completely quarantined myself, I was ready to go back to work and help those patients in need. It was a tough experience, but I’m so grateful that I’m alive.