A Story of a Covid Warrior

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A very close friend of mine agreed on sharing her
survival story from Covid and I cannot be more proud of her well after reading the
interview transcript you will be proud of her too. I call her a warrior not
just because she survived but was rather mentally strong enough to support her
family when they were suffering from Covid themselves too. So for me, the warrior is
not just who survives but helps others too in the process as after all we all
somehow have to fight our own battles ourselves and we often do but how many
times have we fought in someone else’s battles? Not many times….right?


What made you realize that you needed to
get checked?

The main symptoms of Covid include weakness and joint
pains. I and my sister started experiencing pain in different joints along with
our legs. Another symptom is fever and sore throat. We had a fever around 100. At that point, we realized that this was something serious and required our
attention and medical assistance.


How long did the worst of it lasted?

Well, the symptoms worsened after 7 days so I’ll say
that the worst period was from 8th day to 14th day. I couldn’t put my feet on
the ground. I was super nauseous due to which I couldn’t eat anything. My
entire body ached and headache remained constant.


What medications and treatments helped you
the most?

Okay, so remedies did play a huge role. I made use of
dates, almonds and kilongi (black seeds)

Steam also helped in easing flu. I did Azomax
(antibiotic) course. I had Arinac for flu. For sore throat, I took some syrup
and strepsils. I consumed a lot of ginger tea as it helps in boosting immunity.

What was your daily eating routine to boost
your immunity?

I ate Egg for breakfast. I tried my best to take milk
too. For lunch I used to take bread and any gravy. I avoided fried and oily
foods. I also made sure that the food we consumed was light and did not have a lot
of spices. Another important thing that we must bear in mind is that we all
must consume warm food. If the food gets cold it’s literally of no good. I
consumed Yakhni, thai soup and chicken corn soup with every meal.

How did you manage to stay positive at that
time? As it is extremely vital to stay strong emotionally and not give up while
your body is fighting the virus.

Well, the only thing that kept me sane was my religious
point of view. We as Muslims believe that every illness is a test for us from
Allah. So that’s what I thought too. Allah has promised that with every
difficulty there’s ease. Life is all about challenges and the real thing is how
you deal with it. So that’s what I thought personally that this was a test from
Allah and I’ll surely be rewarded after it. There are breakdowns. Even
depression is a major symptom of corona, it is referred to as post corona depression.
In times like these, we just learn to deal with such stuff. It’s just that time
is honestly the best teacher and the lessons it teaches are remembered throughout

Did you tell your friends about it? if so
then did it help?

Yes, I told my best friends. It did help because
isolation is extremely stressful, so having friends on call or message really
helps. They motivated me when I felt low. They made me laugh when I could
barely smile. They were there for me to lift my spirit. So yeah having good friends
in life is very important

At that time, what did you not want to hear
from people?

I did not want to hear pointless suggestions. I ended
up in distress as useless suggestions are often uninvited in such trying times.
I always avoided negativity and negative people because there was always a lot going in my life. My entire family was affected.

What did you want to hear from people close
to you?

When one goes through situations like these, you
naturally get filled up with so much negativity. This is normal because
obviously in isolation your mind wanders, you end up overthinking. So I
expected my friends to be my happy pill. To motivate me and to basically be
there for me. I wanted them to say positive stuff, so that I’m able to look up
to at least something good.

What is it that you want to tell those
people who are not following the SOPS?

I request my dear brothers and sisters in Pakistan to
kindly follow SOPs. Our government is doing all these efforts in order to
protect us. I swear this is not a joke. Corona is honestly a huge deal. This is
deadly and serious. Guys, I lost my father due to Corona, he was healthy and did
not have any major disease except for asthma. This disease affects regardless
of age, health, gender or any other factor. Our medical system in Pakistan is
not well developed. Pakistan itself is a developing country. Rather than
blaming every single institution around us, it is our responsibility to follow
what we are told to. Why can’t we wear a mask? Is it too hot? Well, you sure
don’t want to wait in a hospital for hours just for a bed. We don’t have
doctors. We don’t have any treatment yet. This leaves us with no other option
but to protect ourselves.

What lessons did you learn from Covid? Since
surely it was a test for you as god knew you would pass it

I learned that time doesn’t stop for anyone. People come
and go. In such trying times you learn about the people who are around you. You
learn about your friends as to who are the ones who are actually there for you
and who aren’t. You learn about your relatives. You learn as to how helpless
one becomes in such situations, where you cannot be there for your loved ones.
But again time doesn’t stop, it changes and surely there’s sunshine after storms.


COVID IS NOT A JOKE. If we don’t stop it now then it
will thrive within us for years and become one of the many untreated diseases
of the world. Become responsible citizens and consider it an obligation to follow
SOPS. It is finally time that we unite against this novel coronavirus to weaken
its shackles from the humanity and to restore our health and well-being.

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