María Jesús was diagnosed with coronavirus on January 26 He was on sick leave for 20 days, which he spent at home without serious problems.
“All he did was sleep. I hardly sleep because I have worked the night shift all my life. I rested so much… ”There must not be many people who associate covid with rest, but that, precisely, speaks of the workload in the Sagrat Cor ICU.
In all ucis. For the Huesca nurse, it had been 10 months of “dealing with an unpredictable illness”, 10 months of seeing devastated people saying goodbye by phone before being intubated, 10 months of asking herself every day: “Can I continue?” The worst, he says, happened when the father of a doctor was admitted, and shortly after, the mother.
They both died two days apart. “It made a huge impact on me. Of course, because it always hurts more when you have contact with the family, and in this case it was a doctor from the hospital ”.
In his apartment on Calle de Castillejos, locked up, Jesús Oliván began to feel a certain discomfort. “I really missed the contact with people,” he says.
Teleworking had its advantages, yes, such as managing time at will or occasionally being able to take a nap, but the absence of his colleagues weighed more on the scale.
It seemed to him that the ‘on-line’ meetings took a long time. And that it was difficult to concentrate. He felt less productive. He developed a mild frame of anxiety.
“Synergies develop that are not appropriate,” he says. Regarding his job, at least, he was calm. His profession is one of the least affected by the crisis.Computer scientists are in vogue.
They are needed everywhere. Everyone clings to their workstation with their fingernails, but they live something else. “Every week I receive two or three job offers.” In November he received one that he could not refuse and changed jobs.
Alba Campmany showed up two days later at the hospital. In bed, Javier was in a fetal position and did not look well. “I found it very bad, like letting go.
I was afraid that he would not recognize me because of the situation, and because communicating with gloves is not the same. But he recognized me.
My message consisted of telling him that he was in the hospital, that there were doctors and nurses taking care of him and that his family knew about it but he couldn’t go. I couldn’t tell him more because he was so tired and he was pulling my hands away.
And usually it is the opposite. He told me he was cold and we put a blanket on him ”. The doctor who treated him was present and told Alba that she wanted to know how to ask him if he had pain, and she taught him those two words, and to communicate them by touch:’pain’ and ‘where’.