‘It felt like my world was ending’— Beauty Gonzalez shares frightful COVID-19 experience
Filipino actress Beauty Gonzalez has expressed a frightful experience after her husband, Norman Crisologo tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the month of March, 2021.
According to her, Mr Crisologo was isolated and later hospitalised after he showed symptoms of COVID-19 and pneumonia, which she felt her life was coming to an end.
“For the last couple of weeks my life has been put on hold, everything on my mind and in my heart suddenly changed. Norman tested positive for COVID and had to be rushed to (the) hospital. This world problem suddenly hit home hard and fast and I wasn’t prepared,” she said.
Posting a photo of her family on Instagram after her husband recovered from the deadly respiratory ailment, Beauty Gonzalez lamented that her husband struggled for space and breath while she and her daughter Olivia had to remain in the house crying for miracle to happen.
“A day after symptoms showed, he was alone in a hospital ward halfway across town struggling for space and breath with dozens of other patients, I too was alone at home with Olivia totally in the dark as to what was happening at the hospital,” she bemoaned.
Beauty Gonzalez noted that the statistics of the coronavirus death toll kept ringing on her mind as the case became real in the life of her husband, stressing that she was devastated and was not also allowed to visit her husband at the hospital.
“It felt like my world was ending and I didn’t know how or why, all I could recall were the statistics and death tolls I’ve heard this entire year, how sometimes unbelievable they were and now how real they have suddenly become.
“I didn’t know what to do.
“He couldn’t breathe, pneumonia, anything and everything was a possibility with this unstudied disease. No cure, no sure treatment was the only sure thing.
I was going out of my mind, trying to call anyone who could offer me hope, I was trying to be brave for Olivia who somehow must have felt that nothing was right. All I could do was wait,” she cried.
The beautiful actress regretted that she could not be at the side of her husband to console and comfort him on his sick bed.
“The aloneness of this disease will kill the spirit even before it damages the body. The hardest thing for a wife to do is to just sit and wait for a sick husband to come home, not being able to be there and comfort him was against every grain in my body. But it was something everyone of us in this situation has had to do,” she added.
Beauty Gonzalez who was traumatised by the situation further indicated that she called on God several times to see her husband through while she promised herself to make love lead her path once a miracle happens.
“I spoke to God many times. I made promises to myself. I held my child often. I made sure that life from this day forward, no matter what happens, will be filled with love and light, that all this suffering would not be for nothing. But in the still of the night, I was just a girl crying alone in the middle of the night thinking things will never be the same again.
“Then, he called… He sounded tired and sad, almost defeated, except for a strange something in his voice, that same strange thing he does when he speaks to me and Olivia like little girls. Don’t worry baby, Everything’s gonna be alright.
“And it was. He came home. Nothing will ever be the same again. Family is EVERYTHING,” she added
She however thanked all those who supported her in those dreadful days.
Beauty Gonzalez and Crisologo, who met each other through their friend Ellen Adarna, have been a couple since 2014.
They got married in May 2017 and have a daughter, Olivia Ines.