C19 is already in the family

At the moment, my mom, my sister and her two kids and husband is positive of Covid19.

My niece (her baby) is negative. My dad and my brothers are also negative. Only my dad has been vaccinated so far.

These results are based on the PCR test they did at a nearby private GP. It started with my brother in law, K having symptoms and was subsequently told that a colleague at work was tested positive. He had to get his tests done as they shared the pantry at work. Once K was tested positive, his close contacts were screened. Naturally that would be my sister and kids. My parents came into the picture because they went to my sisters house for a weekend visit. Takde road block, maka orang tua pun redah je lah kan..

The diagnosis

Their test results were notified to the nearest health district office. The headache then begins. Who is going to take care of the baby girl. Her parents and siblings are all tested positive except for her. Some sort of isolation needs to be done to minimise exposure. My sister couldn’t leave her to our dad, the grandfather because to be honest, we were not convinced that he could care for an ex-prem baby. Not even with the help of our brothers. I couldn’t help either. I was in a different state – 2 hours away. Even if I could take the baby, as a frontliner, I still need to work.

The quarantine plan

The district health officers got in touch with my sister in 2 days. That is considered quick given the surge in cases recently. During that time, everyone was in my sisters house including my mom. With the negative baby. DRAMA broke out between my parents which resulted in my mom also at my sister’s house instead of being able to quarantine herself in the comfort of her own home. My blood boils every time I think about it. Some relationships are just not meant to last till jannah. Anyway, long story cut short – my mom, K and the eldest son were picked up by the ambulance and sent to MAEPS, Serdang.

The baby gets to stay with my sister at home. My other nephew who was initially negative-turned-positive is also on home quarantine (HQ). The baby is planned for repeated swabs and my sister is taking the best precaution as a covid positive mom handling a covid negative baby. It was challenging. She was advised not to breastfeed directly but use a bottle instead. Thankfully, she had really cool and caring neighbours. They would send her hot meals, desserts, fruits and what not at the gate. They even gave her grocery supplies. Alhamdulilah.

Current update

It’s been nearly a week since they are quarantined at MAEPS and HQ. Early this morning, I received news that my mother has been transferred to a tertiary centre. She is not doing very well. Amidst this news, family DRAMA is still happening. But out of respect for the older people in the family, us younger ones have to keep our mouth shut. My sister tried to speak up but mom ended up merajuk with her words. Mom got so offended that she put my brother’s name as next of kin should the hospital need to contact family members. That role has always been my sister’s role.

My brother in law, K is still having persistent headaches. So we are not sure if he could be discharged in the next few days or remain at MAEPS for observation. My nephew is doing well so far – he has the best chances of being discharged early.

I created a whatsapp group to ease communication between us siblings. I have no idea what to expect but I anticipate that it will come to a time where we would have to make difficult decisions. For Mom. And Dad.

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