For my children, dad is fighting covid-19: doctor in Chihuahua

While one of the fighters of the coronavirus pandemic spend Father’s Day at the Morelos Regional General Hospital of the Mexican Institute of Social Security in ChihuahuaHundreds of families are mourning in the times of the covid-19 in the state, in which there are 3,377 infections and 562 deaths.

The pulmonologist Marco Hugo Sánchez Bustillos, head of the Internal Medicine Service of the IMSS, says that being a father and practicing medicine is complex, especially in times of the covid-19 health emergency, whose virus has also ravaged his union.

I leave the house when my children are asleep. My day begins at six in the morning and ends at 12 in the afternoon or until what has to be resolved in the hospital is resolved. From there I try to go home to eat and spend at least half an hour with my children; Later I attend private practice, to return at 10 or 12 at night.

“When I come back they want to hug me, but I stop them to wait for me to take off my clothes and bathe. They know that I take that break because I am protecting them, “he said on this day that” Father’s Day “is celebrated.

The doctor has three children, one of eight years and twins of 12. All men, who understand their responsibility as a pulmonologist, more in these times of care for patients diagnosed with coronavirus.

“They are interested in how we are fighting covid-19. For them, their dad is fighting this virus, which excites them. I have their full support: you have to be consistent with what you chose, and I decided to become a doctor and face diseases.

On the other hand, various specialists explain how to cope with grief for families who have lost loved ones in times of covid-19. Aspects such as the impossibility of physical contact to receive or give comfort when a loved one dies, or the physical experience that allows the event to be assumed as real and overcome it, are unprecedented situations that have characterized this period, they pointed out.

“Facing the death of a family member and living the bereavement, can be traumatic due to the lack of a physical farewell, as it adds pain and complicates the acceptance cycle to finish correctly”, explained the experts in thanatology in the “Healthy Mind” program .

María Inés Orendain Corvera, founding member of the Chihuahua Thanatological Center, explained that fear of death is natural, but it must be considered that it is an event that will one day be presented.

“Death has many ways of approaching it and this has to be accepted as part of life, and one of the factors that most affects it is not being able to say goodbye to the loved one, which increases in scenarios like the one we are currently facing , and if the death was due to Covid-19 ”, he highlights.

In addition, another of the emotional problems that arise in this pandemic and that makes this process more difficult, are the physical restrictions at funerals, to avoid having a closeness with family and friends who also suffer the loss.

For Patricia Hernández Granillo, head of Public Health of the Chihuahuense Mental Institute (Ichisam), she says that the nature of the human being is to try to hide what he does not understand, as if by not naming the things that happen to us they cease to exist.

Enrique Tapia Ortega, head of Teaching and Training at Ichisam, said that another characteristic of living a duel in confinement is the difficulty in assuming it as real, since having been unable to be close to the person in their last moments or participate in goodbye to life will make the process of emotional and mental acceptance longer, he concluded.



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