I was in my work when I saw one message from my sister. She was very sick for many days. Immediately I called her to asked what happened. She told me she was in the coronavirus area of the clinic. I asked how she felt. She told me she got a high fever and that her headache was so severe that she couldn’t fall asleep. My sister was very desperate with a lot of pain all over her body and a cough that wouldn’t let her rest for more than one week.
This information caused me a lot of sadness. I didn’t know what to do. How could I help her by being so far away? I was very sad. That’s when I decided to leave early from my work. I couldn’t work because I was very nervous. I couldn’t focus on my work or see well what was on my screen because I was crying.
I wanted to fly to Mexico to be with her, but I couldn’t travel because I have my work and I take care of a disabled brother, and I can’t leave him alone. This anguished me and caused me insomnia, and I was worried and depressed for many days. I couldn’t imagine not seeing her anymore. My mind kept thinking all the time about her.
I don’t want this experience for any person. This experience was very traumatic for me. But God in his infinite mercy gave us the most precious gift, the health for my sister. She is now recovered from that nightmare of the coronavirus.
Submitted by Martha A. Torres, San Bernardino County – Redlands.
This was submitted as part of the Redlands Adult Literacy Program at A. K. Smiley Public Library.