A Survivor. His Ordeal!

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BY: Pilar Mateo

IN the world of show business, the name Wilbert Tolentino has become a byword.

Especially to the members of the entertainment media, he has served as an Earth Angel for most, extending so much help in ways that are fun and challenging.

He shares lots of money to the lucky ones. Through contests that ensures the enjoyment of each one.

But alas! With this pandemic, with unseen force and enemy, who would have thought that Wilbert will succumb to it.

It’s not luck that’s in his side. But his faith in the Lord, coupled with unceasing prayers, wishes and hope from his warriors that for him through.

Here is his story. An eye-opener for all of us!

“E share ko lang ang story sa COVID PNEUMONIA CRITICAL W/ SEVERE ARDS na experience ko…

“nag simula eto ng july 24 nag ka sore eyes ako. nag post ako sa FB ko at may kaibigan ako si Doc @logie dujunco inadvice at rinesetahan ako ng antibiotic para sa eye drop ko at binalaan nya ako na “Shoti, mild sympotoms din yan ng COVID” obserbahan mo rin sarili mo…dun ako nag start mag self quarantine para indi mahawa ang bata at housemate ko.

“July 25 – nag start ang symptoms ko pag dry ng lalamunan kaht maraming tubig nainom ko at medyo sumasakit ang likod ko. then, tumawag ako sa childhood friend ko si @lagamayo elyse at isa kong friend si @sheryl delrosario para mag seek ng advice at sinuggest nya ako mag swab test at inischedule nya agad agad kinabukasan ng july 26.

“July 26 – eto na at nag pa rapid test ako on the spot. nag negative cya. at naging kumpiansa ako sa sarili ko. hinintay ko pa rin yung medtech from Detoxicare molecular diagnostics para e swab test ako. Ang Lesson dto guys…huwag tayong umasa sa rapid test dahil indi cya accurate. di baleng mas mahal ang swab test atleast panigurado at alam natin eto ay tama.

“July 27 & July 28 – ako ay walang tigil ng ubo at lahat na dinudura ko ay puting plema. nakaramdam ako ng shortness of breathing at sinumulan ko uminom ng chinese med ng LIANHUA QINGWEN. sumunod ako sa instruction na 4 caps at 3 times a day.

“July 29 – Yes, I tested positive for COVID-19. I fell victim to this virus! a nasty, lingering virus that gave me the worst symptoms I’ve experienced to this day that I wouldn’t wish upon anyone. My story is to warn you guys that this is not the common cold or a regular flu. This virus is serious.

“July 30 & July 31 – continuous ako sa chinese med at nag steam inhalation ginawa ko..pero sobrang paranoid dahil nahawaan ko pa ang assistant ko si @melanie cabalida.

“August 1 – nag LBM ako more than 5 times at biglang nang hina buong katawan ko at malala pa sa trangkaso naramdaman ko at nahihirapan ako huminga with chest pain. at ang temperature ko from 36.5 naging 37.8

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“August 2 – nag decide ako mag pa confine sa St. lukes medical center sa e.rod at dun ko nalaman COVID PNEUMONIA CRTICAL W/ SEVERE ARDS na ako at need ko ng donor convalescent plasma TYPE A+. grabeh ang plema ko puro may dugo at pag nag LBM ako parang hot chocolate ang kulay.

“August 3 to August 6 – kinain ako ng depression to the lowest point ng buhay ko. i thought i couldn’t make it…and its the end of the road. sobrang hirap yung nag iisa ka at ka da galaw ko parang hihinto ang pag hihinga ko. COVID hit me very hard. dama ko pinupunit ang immune system ko.

“August 7 – need ko ma intubate at catheter….lalo ako nangamba at nalungkot. pero nag post ako sa FB at humingi ako ng tulong sa prayers..

“August 8 – sa ICU ako dinala…indi ako natulog whole day at naka tingin lang ako sa oras. habang nag pepray. sabi ko sa sarili ko “lord, please heal everyone who is in pain right now at ikaw na bahala sa akin at sa mga mahal ko sa buhay.

“August 9 – 1pm pinuntahan ako ng doctor at binigyan nya ako ng good news na by 3 to 4pm e remove na raw ang tube. dahil vital signs ko is very good. walang tigil ang luha ko at nag pasalamat ako sa mga tao nag pray para sa akin.i said to myself i did it! need ko ilaban ang pinaka mahirap na episode sa buhay ko at kailangan ko malagpasan eto kht mag isa ako sa loob ng ICU. bumalik ang mga doctors at mga nurse may dalang intubation boxs for covid by 6:30pm at dun nila hinugot ang tube at nag labasan ng plema ko. grabeh at sobra akong na relief pag ka remove.

“August 10 to August 15 – binalik na nila ako sa regular room at dun patuloy ako iniinject ng antibiotic.

“August 16 – official announcement na pwede na ako discharge at one month sa bahay need ko sa recovery…

“guys, ang billing ko inabot ako ng 2.1M makikita nyo sa album. good thing na waive ng health card at philhealth. kaya alagaan nyo ang health nyo. in my own little way atleast na share ko ang experiences ko at para maging aware kayo. mahirap mag ka covid at mahirap mag ka sakit sa panahon ngayon.

“kaya guys, STAY home as much as possible. its the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

“We NEED you to do your part to FLATTEN the curve and prevent the growing spread to more and more people every day. If we all do our part, then this self-quarantine can eventually come to an end and we can soon resume what our lives used to be.” #IamACovidSurvivor #VoiceOfPandemic #RoadToRecovery #CovidPneumoniaCriticalWithSevereArds #GodIsGoodAllTheTime Take it from Wilbert. It is no joke. Take care of your health, your body. And mind. The only one you’ve got. And keep your faith stronger! (30)

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