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  • This Mom Was Diagnosed With Almost Severe COVID-19. How She Survived With Homecare

    She did not have the usual symptoms so her daughter did not think it was COVID-19.
    by Kitty Elicay .
This Mom Was Diagnosed With Almost Severe COVID-19. How She Survived With Homecare
PHOTO BY Courtesy of Ana Lailyn Garcia
  • As of today, April 26, 2021, the Philippines has surpassed 1 million COVID-19 cases. While the number of active cases have gone down, hospitals remain overwhelmed. It becomes important, then, to be prepared in case you get infected with the virus.

    Ana Lailyn Garcia faced the hardest ordeal of her life when her 65-year-old mother, Loreta Flores, was diagnosed with COVID-19. Apart from being a senior citizen, her mother also had diabetes and was taking insulin shots twice a day.

    On Facebook, Lailyn shared how they were able to do homecare for her mom. She gave SmartParenting.com.ph permission to republish her post below in the hopes of helping others who are facing the same challenges.

    Homecare for a COVID-19 patient

    Lailyn with her mom Loreta.
    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Ana Lailyn Garcia

    My mother is a senior citizen, aged 65 years old. We found out last Thursday na may COVID-19 pala siya.


    Hindi siya kumakain for almost one week and puro tulog lang. She did not have fever, cough, or flu. So, we did not expect na COVID yung nangyari sa kanya.

    The doctor advised us na papunta na sa severe ang case niya. We were very worried kasi she also has diabetes and high blood. Her creatinine was also high that time.

    Since walang available na hospital kung saan siya pwedeng i-admit, we did a homecare setup. We have a relative who is a nurse and she put my mom on dextrose. We also had a portable oxygen and oximeter.

    These are the gadgets we used to fight COVID-19. Now, my mother is getting better. We already removed her dextrose last Saturday and she no longer needs an oxygen tank.

    We are just observing the stability of oxygen in her body. Once mag-drop, we use the portable oxygen again, pero sometimes stable naman.

    We fed her fruits, rice, vegetables. I also wore PPE (personal protective equipment) while taking care of her. We also sanitized her room with Zonrox and water solution.

    I am sharing this testimony because it might save lives. We can’t always depend on hospitals and nurses since they are also fully occupied.

    With the help of my family members, we are now winning the battle. I hope you can also do the things we did.

    Support and also talk to your loved ones na may sakit. It really helps. ‘Yung nakakausap ninyo sila kahit they cannot talk back. This will give them motivation to also fight for their lives.

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    Finding out her mother had COVID-19

    Loreta has now recovered from the virus.
    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Ana Lailyn Garcia

    Speaking with Smart Parenting, Lailyn explains that her mom started to feel unwell on March 29. She didn’t have the usual symptoms like fever, cough, or flu, so they thought it was related to diabetes.

    “We brought her to her doctor for a checkup. [We thought] maybe the cause of her lack of appetite was high sugar. But all her lab results were normal except for her creatinine [levels],” Lailyn explains.

    They brought Loreta to take a swab test and after a day, the result came back positive.

    Lailyn adds that it was her 73-year-old dad who looked after her mom at first, but they also isolated him when they found out she was positive. Luckily, her dad, Lailyn, and her husband all tested negative for the virus.

    Based on her experiences, Lailyn’s number one tip is to wear PPE, a mask, shield, and gloves when taking care of a COVID-positive patient. She also reminds everyone to wash their hands with soap regularly.


    She also believes that suob with ginger, vinegar, and salt helped her mom manage her symptoms. She also drank hot ginger with lemon to ease a sore throat.

    Lailyn shares that Loreta suffered the most starting April 3. But on the twelfth day, she slowly recovered.

    “Now she can cook again, she can already do things normally. She is a survivor,” Lailyn says.

    This piece was edited for clarity.

    Click here for a guide on what to do if your whole household gets COVID-19.

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