By Dr. Priyanka Navelkar Nadkarni
MBBS, DNB Internal Medicine, consulting physician at Dr. L.H. Hiranandani Hospital, Mumbai.
2020 turned out everything that nobody expected it to be. Half the year has flown by and people have been like caged zoo animals (locked down, juggling work from home and domestic chores) and the rest of us have been metaphorically beasts of burden. For us frontline doctors, the burdens were multiple. To save lives, to try and not get infected and the biggest one, to keep our families safe from getting infected. It has been a tightrope between responsibility, living up to the professional oath, dealing with anxious family members and balancing between love for my profession, love for family most important of all, self-love. Meditation, yoga, affirmations, learning a new language, cooking, whatever that can be termed therapeutic, I did it. The number of cases kept on rising, we kept falling short of hospital beds, colleagues started falling sick. Everyone knew someone who got infected with COVID 19. Some even lost family members. Mumbai, the city that never sleeps, the city of dreams gradually started turning to the silent city, only disturbed by ambulance sirens. But there were also patients who recovered fully and went home with smiles, infected pregnant women who delivered healthy babies and even infected babies who healed.
COVID 19 gave me a new life perspective. The simple act of breathing now actually feels precious and significant. Luxuries, glamour, holidays are surely nice. But at the end of the day, it’s the basics that matter the most. After 2 months of isolating myself from family members, my idea of a happy evening right now is nothing more than a simple home-cooked meal with happy and healthy family members. Getting to wear normal work clothes seems nice enough. All I crave for is the luxury of going to the nearest supermarket and touching fruits and vegetables without worrying about getting infected and sitting on a bench in the nearest park and just watch freely moving people.
For now, the biggest form of self-love I would like to mention and reiterate is to wear a mask all the time when out of home. You might think you’re strong or you’re immune, but you might end up infecting someone else who might not be as strong as you. Consciously avoid touching any surfaces unnecessarily. Wash hands meticulously multiple times and avoid touching your face. As much as we all love our face, not touching it is the biggest love in the times of Corona.
Dr Priyanka Navelkar Nadkarni
More about the Author
Dr. Priyanka Navelkar Nadkarni (MBBS, DNB Internal Medicine), is a consulting physician at Dr. L.H. Hiranandani Hospital, Mumbai. Her special interest is in lifestyle-related disorders and Yoga as a healing technique for lifestyle-related disorders.
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