Michael V. shares toughest part of his COVID-19 battle
Michael V. shared some of the toughest parts about his battle against COVID-19 in a vlog post on Monday.
While COVID-19 has brought good things to light, Bitoy said the virus takes on a different light when it's you or one of your family who catches it.
"Mas nakilala mo yung sarili mo, nalaman mo yung strength and weaknesses mo, mas nakilala mo 'yung partner mo, mas napalapit sayo yung pamilya mo," the Kapuso comedian began, "pero when it hits you, yung literal na natamaan ka or isa sa pamilya mo, dun ka parang panghihinaan ng loob eh," he said.
According to Bitoy, he lost the will to do some of his favorite things when he tested positive for COVID-19.
"Nawalan lahat ng meaning yung mga gamit ko. Wala akong gana mag-set up, magkalikot, mag-PS4, kahit mag-Youtube o Netflix," he said.
Bitoy didn't even want to create a vlog, saying all he really wanted was to do was be with his family.
"Ang gusto ko lang, gumaling na kaagad para mayakap ko na 'yung pamilya ko at habang iniisip mo, lalo kang naiinip kaya tulog na lang ginagawa ko para bumilis ang oras," he added.
The sadness and the loneliness, Bitoy said is one of the toughest things he's had to go through.
"Biruin mo 'to, nasa isang kwarto lang sila. Eh pano pa yung mga severe na cases na tinanggalan na ng pag-asa na makita yung mga mahal nila," he reasoned.
Aside from missing his family, Bitoy points to the stigma and discrimination that comes with having the virus.
Without giving out further details, Bitoy said his family experienced harassment after he tested positive with COVID-19.
"Hindi ko na lang idedetalye pero kami mismo ng pamilya ko, naka-experience kami ng harassment. Eh wala, ganon talaga eh. Kaya siguro yung iba, ayaw nila paalam na may COVID sila eh," he said.
COVID-19 survivors have consistently pointed to loneliness and discrimination — as the hardest to go through. GMA journalist Howie Severino has been consistent in saying that COVID-19 is the loneliest disease in the world.
In his personal essay meanwhile, he shared how his wife guided him through one of the worst nights of his life while in isolation.
Meanwhile, Tootsie Angara, the wife of COVID-19 survivor Sen. Sonny Angara, detailed the hard realities they had to face when her husband contracted the virus.
“Some have refused to deliver essentials to our home,” she wrote on Instagram, adding “a neighbour wished to have us out of our neighborhood.”
In his vlog, Bitoy shared he hasn't felt any symptoms for nine days already. "Hopefully paglabas ng vlog na to 11 days straight," he said.
Looking forward to the end of his quarantine, Bitoy said he will be getting a clearance statement after his 14th day. "Yun yung pinanghahawakan ko para bumalik 'yung energy at focus," he said.
He ended his note saying he is already claiming that he is a COVID-19 survivor.
"Ako po si Michael V and I claim, in His name, I am a COVID survivor," he said.
Bitoy tested positive with COVID-19 on July 20 as he announced the news on his vlog.
In the same vlog, Bitoy said he thinks he might have gotten it from package deliveries that were not sanitized. — LA, GMA News