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Dear Covid 19

Dear COVID-19,

 

Everyone has had to battle you in one way or another. Some of us experienced separation anxiety being away from each other. Some have had to cope with working from home while juggling the kids' home-based learning and ensuring their stomachs are filled. The elders who do not have access to the digital world could only rely on the TV or phone calls to stay in touch with the outside world. And some, unfortunately, have had to deal with the devastating loss of loved ones without giving them a proper send-off. 

 

For me, I am going through this pandemic while being pregnant. I am scheduled to deliver during this circuit breaker period. I fear the uncertainties. I fear being in the operating theatre all by myself, because my husband will not be allowed in. He is also not permitted to stay over at the hospital with me, and visiting hours are limited to just 2 hours per day. Thankfully, this is my 2nd pregnancy and I have knowledge of what to expect.

 

I fear being in the operating theatre all by myself, because my husband will not be allowed in.

What have I been most fearful of when you arrived? It must be catching the virus because I am now in my 3rd trimester. I was briefed about the complications that will arise should I become a close contact when I go into labour. I will have to notify the authorities and be transported in a special vehicle, and then have the caesarean in a restructured hospital by an appointed team of health care professionals. Like most mothers-to-be, I chose my gynae and hospital from the start of my pregnancy journey and it would be disappointing if the final procedure is carried out differently. Besides that, the last thing I want is to put the health care team that will take care of me at risk. 

 

Before you came, every day was a mad rush. We had so many tasks to complete in a day that we forget to enjoy life. I wasn’t looking forward to my 2.5-year-old son's school closure initially; I actually felt guilty looking at how happy he was. I have never done so many activities or had such long conversations with my son at home before! This crisis has forced most of us to simplify, slow down and rethink life. What really matters at the end of the day is our health and our loved ones! 

Shandy Yap

09 May 2020