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Coping with Health Issues During COVID-19


One scary situation we experienced this pandemic was when I needed medical help and the panic we felt when we reached the hospital full of covid patients.

It happened last year, just a few days after the government recommended a lockdown in Metro Manila and nearby areas. I was anxious because I was feverish and lethargic for five days. The first thing that came to mind was I might have Covid. I felt helpless thinking about it. What would happen to my family if it was Covid? Would I recover from it?

Fortunately, the triage doctor, upon checking the tests, advised me to go home. There’s no need for hospital admission because I only had Urinary Tract Infection. UTI is manageable with prescribed antibiotics at home.


The lockdown continued for months. I was not able to visit our doctor for a scheduled checkup. I was and still am afraid to visit the clinic for fear of exposing myself to the virus. I was not aware of teleconsultation or medical consultation online until I had a recurrent UTI.

This was taken in 2012. The closest body frame I am in right now.

Weight Gain

Besides anxiety, which causes restlessness and sleepless nights, the pandemic also leads to a rising incidence of obesity. Ironically, obesity is one of the risk factors for getting Covid. Being at home for the longest time and inactivity made me gain weight. At five feet and one inch, I weigh 162 pounds. According to the weight and exercise calculator, my BMI (Body Mass Index) is 30.61. It means I’m suffering from obesity.

Moderate Fatty Liver

Our doctor, through teleconsultation, advised me to have a blood test. It turned out, I have high levels of creatinine, uric acid, SPGT, and SGOT, in my blood sample. My cholesterol and blood sugar levels are within the normal range, though. The doctor said the high SGPT could be due to Moderate Hepatic Steatosis, or moderate fatty liver, as shown in my abdominal ultrasound. The weight gain sadly takes its toll on my liver.  

Another factor that made me gain weight is eating processed foods, particularly canned goods included in the relief package. It could also be the reason I have high uric acid and recurrent UTI.

Weight Management

The good news is that moderate fatty liver is reversible. The doctor said it needs a good amount of self-discipline to achieve. He recommends proper food intake and exercise.

Losing weight was not new to me. I have addressed the same health issue in 2012. It was a successful journey, I lost a few pounds at first, but I slowly gained them back after several months.

Lifestyle modification would be different this time because of my age. Losing weight is difficult when you reach your 50s. Metabolism slows down as you age.

The ideal weight for my height is between 101 and 125 pounds or 45 to 56 kilograms. It’s unrealistic to reach that number. What is workable is reducing at least 5 pounds off my weight is a good start.

My dusty yoga mat and dumbbells are just waiting for me in the corner.

Lifestyle Change

A nutritionist recommends the inverted food pyramid as a gauge to lifestyle change. It means I have to eat in moderation by cutting down on salty, sweet, and oily or fatty foods. Instead of sugary beverages, drink plenty of water to burn calories and flush toxins from the body.

Also, the nutritionist recommends brisk walking every day for at least 30 minutes. I have started walking indoors, and I’m slowly getting the hang of it.

A big part of being healthy is getting enough rest and sleep every day. The nutritionist suggests seven hours of sleep every day if I intend to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

I also intend to do yoga and learn proper meditation to lessen my anxiety. We need to keep our minds and body healthy to keep ourselves safe from COVID-19.

30-minutes Self-care Tips for Moms

I’ve got these very useful tips from for moms out there to spare a few precious minutes to take care of themselves — self-care tips for you and me.

“Running allows me to set my mind free. Nothing seems impossible. Nothing unattainable.” — Kara Goucher, Olympic long-distance runner

If you have 30 minutes for self-care.

  • Borrow your kid’s coloring book, put on a Spotify playlist you like, and start coloring.
  • Write down something that’s bothering you or keeping you up at night. Then start thinking about the steps you need to take in order to complete the goal, working backward. So if selling your house is something on your mind, think about all of the steps that are getting in your way of doing it (i.e. fix the leaky roof, have the basement repaired, paint the porch, etc.).
  • Stash your phone in your pocket and go on a nature walk.
  • Make yourself some tea and take a soothing bath.
  • Cue up your favorite workout and get exercising.
  • Set up a phone date with a friend you’ve lost touch with. Make sure they’re available to chat with you too.
  • Go to a bookstore and dive into a book or your favorite magazines.
  • Start and complete a mini art project. Maybe it’s turning the pictures on your phone into an album.

Yoga workout at home

An old friend says it’s not possible to do Yoga at home because there is no instructor. I told her that as long as she knows what she would have to do and once she’s already familiar with the concepts that she would have to follow, doing Yoga at home is easy and possible. Yoga would require her to relax and feel at ease with herself, it might be a good idea to look for manduka here for yoga mats and full yoga gear before she starts. I practiced yoga for awhile and it helped me ease my joint and muscle pains.