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Covid-19 patients who are low-risk or asymptomatic now have to quarantine at home if possible, as our public health facilities run out of space. Naturally, this also means that the responsibility of being the primary caregiver falls onto their family members.
While most of the conversation has always focused on the difficulties faced by Covid-19 patients, primary caregivers carry a burden not talked about often enough.
For Mirosha, she had to battle anxiety and doubt everyday trying to nurse her entire family, turning to every possible solution on the small chance that it might work.
A Family Of Patients
Miro took on full responsibility of her family overnight as both her parents tested positive for Covid-19. Four days later, so did her sister.
As her anxiety built up, so did her willingness to try any possible remedy to may help alleviate her family of the virus.
As I am not a doctor, I had very limited knowledge on what worked best.Miro to TRP
She sought advice from doctor friends and turned to the internet in an effort to relieve her family of their suffering.
Desperate Times Call For Desperate Measures
Many at-home caregivers shoulder the responsibility out of neccessity, but the job is made harder by the lack of accurate and helpful information provided to caregivers.
What are the Do’s and Don’t’s of Covid-19 AFTER they get infected? We do know the ways to prevent it, as it has been shared with our community since the very beginning, but information on home quarantine care-giving could be improved on.Miro to TRP
She only found useful information after days of looking online, such as ‘never let Covid-19 patients sleep on their back‘, or a list of foods that boost immunity, in addition to anything else that claims to help.
Paracetamols, throat gargles, Vitamin C, honey lemon juice, fruits, rasam, you name it. I gave them all. Yes, a mix of both traditional and modern. Do I know if these methods would “work”? NO. But do I give them everything hoping at least one of them would? HELL YES.— MiroKurangManis (@mirosoms) January 17, 2021
She tried everything she could, including praying that guavas would help hasten her family’s recovery because the fruit has vitamin C.
Where Do At-Home Caregivers Even Begin?
The fact of the matter is that more and more Malaysians will have to be caregivers for patients that are quarantined at home, but there isn’t much information from official sources on how to actually provide proper care for Covid-19 patients.
I know other individuals who are being quarantined at home as well, and we are all unsure of what is right and wrong?Miro to TRP
She wishes that there were more online materials on caregiving for Covid-19 patients so that caregivers won’t have to flounder on their own in uncertainty.
Even then, she had the help of friends and family who delivered groceries to her house and sent her food during the Ponggal festival.
Ultimately, she did her best to care for her family while trying to avoid being infected herself. She separated utensils; cooked fresh meals everyday and left it outside their doors; fed them plenty of fruits, vitamin C, warm water, and honey lemon juice; and even taught them breathing exercised to improve lung capacity.
Thankfully, her parents seem to have recovered, while her sister is still recovering. Miro isn’t sure which, if any, of the methods she employed helped aid in their recovery, but she’s just grateful that they recovered..
It does sound like a lot of work for 10 days, but it will all be worth it, when you do it for your loved ones.Miro to TRP
See her full thread here:
I’ve had enough of seeing tweets from random people going, “Oh you think THAT is going to cure COVID?” or “traditional ways don’t work”. Well then what will? Please enlighten me, cause my whole family was tested positive last week (thread)— MiroKurangManis (@mirosoms) January 17, 2021
Anne is an advocate of sustainable living and the circular economy, and has managed to mum-nag the team into using reusable containers to tapau food. She is also a proud parent of 4 cats and 1 rabbit.